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Fiber-Wireless Intergrated Technologies, Systems and Networks


Following on from the success of the first workshop on "Optical/wireless integrated technology for systems and networks" at ICC 2013 a second workshop is being organised at ICC 2014. The name of the workshop has been modified, replacing "optical/wireless" with fiber wireless to reflect the emerging technical sub-committee “Integrated Fiber and Wireless Technologies (TSC-FiWi)” within ComSoc, which supports the workshop.

The scope of this workshop is to explore new trends that are emerging in combined optical fiber-wireless integrated technology for systems and networks. The support of high bandwidth and high mobility is central to the driving vision of the network of the future, but this cannot be at any cost. Increased pressure on the cost/bit, both in terms of the cost of infrastructure (CAPEX) as well as the cost of operations (OPEX), demands high levels of integration in the underlying networks. A large number of technologies will need to converge, co-exist and interoperate, and most importantly, cooperate, if this vision is to be efficiently and cost effectively realized. A key area within this next generation jigsaw is the interplay of optical fiber networks and radio networks, to enable scalable and manageable networks without a highly complex interface structure and multiple overlaid protocols.

It is expected that sessions will cover key trends including the integration of wireless standards into novel optical architectures in particular to support high bandwidth mobile backhauling, the support of the emerging distributed antenna standards and techniques for enabling dynamic capacity and mobility management in converged optical/wireless networks. A closing panel session involving invited speakers will explore the technical challenges they see in their specialist areas and explore the new trends that they envision emerging in the coming years.

Invited Speakers

Prof Martin Maier
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) Montreal, Canada
Title: 'Networking Issues - Fiber-Wireless Converged Networks'

Prof Nathan Gomes
University of Kent, UK
Title: Fiber Link Design Considerations for Cloud-Radio Access Networks

Dr Shigegu Kuwano
NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories, Japan
Title: 'Operator Perspective on Next-Generation Optical Access for Future Radio Access”

Dr Xiaogeng Xu
Title: 'Optical Solutions for Mobile Backhaul'

Dr Chih-Lin I
China Mobile
Title: ’Greening the Wireless Networks: Challenges and Opportunies’

Dr Gemma Vall-Ilosera
Title: ‘Small Cells Toolbox: Meeting the Indoor Challenge’

Prof Richard Penty
Cambridge University, UK
Title: ‘Distributed Antenna System in Broadband Wireless Networks’












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