Report on joint cross-pollination workshop on Optical Technologies for 5G at PSC2018

The 2nd phase 5G-PPP projects blueSPACE, 5G-PHOS, 5G-PICTURE and Metro-Haul jointly organized a workshop and cross-pollination meeting on Optical Fronthaul and Backhaul Technologies for 5G Networks in connection with the IEEE Conference on Photonics in Switching and Computing 2018. The workshop aimed at highlighting the most recent advances in optical and networking technologies for 5G front- and backhaul – both within the involved and represented 5G-PPP projects from the first and second phase, as well as the international context. The workshop further served to establish direct connections between the projects and to initiate and foster collaboration through the identification of common goals and approaches and definition of joint activities.

To achieve these goals, the organizing projects assembled a collection of high-level speakers from the involved projects and related international initiatives, including both academia and industry. With eleven speakers from Europe, Japan and Australia and a total attendance of more than twenty experts from all over the globe, the workshop covered many of the latest advancements in optical fronthaul and backhaul technologies for 5G networks and successfully stimulated discussions across continents and gave the starting impulse for future collaborations.

The cross-pollination workshop was organized in co-location with the IEEE Conference on Photonics in Switching and Computing 2018, a long-running and successful conference organized annually and hosted by Europe, North America and Japan in turn, bringing the projects’ and speakers’ expertise in optical technology to the attention of a larger photonics community and showing potential similarities and synergies between related fields of optical communications.

The organizing committee of the workshop consisted of a representative of each of the co-organizing projects, including Dr. Chris Vagionas (@ChrisVagionas) for 5G-PHOS (@5GPHOSsocial), Dr. Jim Zou for 5G-PICTURE (@5GPICTURE), Dr. Chigo Okonkwo (@Chigo_Okonkwo) for Metro-Haul (@MetroHaul) and Dr. Simon Rommel (@simon_rommel) of blueSPACE (@blueSPACE_5G) as committee chair.

The full programme of the cross-pollination workshop, including the speakers’ presentations for download is found below.

Workshop on Optical Fronthaul and Backhaul Technologies for 5G Networks

Co-located with IEEE PSC2018 in Limassol, Cyprus
18th September 2018




9:30am – 9:45am

Simon Rommel

Opening and Welcome

9:45am – 10:15am

Chigo Okonkwo

The evolution of optical networks in the coming 5G Era

10:15am – 10:45am

Jim Zou
ADVA Optical Networking

Advanced Optical X-haul Technologies for 5G Networks

10:45am – 11:15am

Arash Farhadi Beldachi
University of Bristol

Provision jointly optical Backhaul and Fronthaul services

11:15am – 11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:30am – 12:00pm

Chathurika Ranaweera
University of Melbourne

Design and Planning of Optical Transport Network for 5G and Beyond

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Anna Tzanakaki
University of Bristol

Converging Optical wireless and DC networks: The 5G-PICTURE approach

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Matthias Steeg
University of Duisburg Essen

Optical Fronthaul/Backhaul Technologies for a Multi-RAT (WiFi, LTRE, 60 GHz 5G) Mobile Network

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Pham Tien Dat
NICT Japan

Convergence of Fiber-Optic and Radio-Wave for Future Mobile Fronthaul and Backhaul Systems

1:30pm – 2:30pm


2:30pm – 3:30pm

Christos Vagionas

5G mmWave networks exploiting high-capacity A-RoF links and Medium Transparent MAC protocol for high density environments: The 5G-PHOS approach

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Simon Rommel

Space Division Multiplexing 5G Fronthaul with Analog and Digital Radio-over-Fiber and Optical Beamforming – the blueSPACE Approach

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Ruud Oldenbeuving, Jörn Epping
LioniX International

Integrated Microwave Photonic Beamformers for 5G applications

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Evangelos Grivas

Analogue Radio Over Fiber Baseband Processing Units for 5G and Beyond

4:30pm – 4:45pm

Christos Vagionas


Organizing committee:

Simon Rommel (chair), TU/e, blueSPACE
Chris Vagionas, AUTH, 5G PHOS
Chigo Okonkwo, TU/e, Metro-Haul


Chris Vagionas, AUTH, 5G PHOS
Pham Tien Dat, NICT, Japan
Matthias Steeg/Andreas Stöhr, University of Duisburg Essen
Simon Rommel, TU/e, blueSPACE
Jörn Epping & Ruud Oldenbeuving, LioniX International
Anna Tzanakaki, University of Bristol, 5G-PICTURE
Chathurika Ranaweera, University of Melbourne
Arash Farhadi Beldachi, University of Bristol
Jim Zou, ADVA Optical Networking, 5G-Xhaul/5G-PICTURE
Chigo Okonkwo, TU/e, Metro-Haul
Evangelos Grivas, Eulambia, blueSPACE