Doug Freimuth, IBM Almaden Research Center, USA; Gee-Kung Chang, Georgia Inst. of Technology, USA; Christina Lim, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia; Rod Waterhouse, Pharad, LLC, USA
The network vision of 2020 includes 5G and the multitude of services and applications it enables. 5G and these associated services and applications will have a potential impact on the backhaul, fronthaul, metro and access networks. Carriers and optical equipment providers are working together to define product roadmaps to handle the increased bandwidth and potential architectural changes 5G will bring to the optical infrastructure.This panel will discuss the potential changes 5G will bring to the optical network. We will discuss business drivers, progress in standards and prototypes and services/applications including IoT, media distribution and mobile broadband services. We will further discuss bandwidth requirements in the backhaul and fronthaul optical networks and potential architectural changes when new applications and services are enabled on 5G.