Advanced IF-over-fiber systems for mobile fronthaul

Kazuki Tanaka*, Shota Ishimura, Kosuke Nishimura, Tetsuya Kawanishi, Masatoshi Suzuki

*Corresponding author for this work

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Radio-over-fiber (RoF) including intermediate frequency-over-fiber (IFoF) technologies have been considered to be one of the effective transmission technologies for the mobile fronthaul (MFH) links in the fifth generation (5G) and beyond- 5G mobile communication systems. In this paper, we explain the concept of a MFH architecture for 5G and the future mobile services featuring cascaded IFoF and RoF links in which the functions of channel extractions and frequency conversions are implemented by the combination of analog and digital signal processing. In addition, we present our experimental results to verify the effectiveness of the cascaded IFoF-based MFH links.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFourth International Conference on Photonics Solutions, ICPS 2019
EditorsTetsuya Kawanishi, Surachet Kanprachar, Waranont Anukool, Ukrit Mankong
ISBN (Electronic)9781510634299
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event4th International Conference on Photonics Solutions, ICPS 2019 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 2019 Nov 202019 Nov 22

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


Conference4th International Conference on Photonics Solutions, ICPS 2019
CityChiang Mai


  • 5G
  • IF-over-fiber
  • Mobile fronthaul
  • Optical access network
  • Radio-over-fiber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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