Programme for the joint workshop at PSC2018 announced

blueSPACE has teamed up with three other 5G PPP 2nd phase projects (Metro-Haul, 5G-PICTURE and 5G PHOS) to organize a cross-pollination meeting focusing on 'Optical Fronthaul and Backhaul Technologies for 5G Networks'. The workshop will be co-located with IEEE PSC 2018 conference in Limassol, Cyprus and will take place on 18th September 2018.

The programme of the workshop has now been announced and can be found at the conference website, can be downloaded as pdf and is listed below.


Workshop on Optical Fronthaul and Backhaul Technologies for 5G Networks

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


  • To highlight the advances in optical and networking technologies for 5G front and backhaul in the second phase of 5G PPP and to set them into a global context.

  • To foster collaboration between the involved projects and identify common goals and approaches.

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
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





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

Andreas Stöhr
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

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