Understanding Transport for 5G Networks

Wednesday, April 8th | 11am EDT

You're invited to join Ribbon Communications on Wednesday, April 8th at 11am EDT for our webinar focused on backhaul transport for 5G networks.

As mobile operators deploy 5G services, the transport network will become strained under the load of higher capacity, tighter latency, more stringent synchronization, and greater connection flexibility. Today’s carrier Ethernet networks will not be adequate to meet these challenges, and a next-generation transport solution will be required.

Join us April 8th as we cover all of the below and more:

  • 5G services present new challenges to transport networks – capacity, deterministic performance, and connection flexibility
  • How today’s carrier Ethernet backhaul networks will be insufficient to meet the demands of 5G service
  • What is slicing in the transport network and how does it relate to network slicing in general?
  • What is hybrid slicing and how does it uniquely delivers the transport connectivity that 5G requires?
  • What is driving the new synchronization requirements and what requirements does this place on the transport network?
  • Q&A
Sam Lisle | Ribbon Communications
Sam Lisle
Director of Business Development
Ribbon Communications
Elizabeth Page | Ribbon Communications
Elizabeth Page
National Sales Manager
Ribbon Communications

WEBINAR: Understanding Transport for 5G Networks

Wednesday, Aril 8th | 11am EDT


Understanding Transport for 5G Networks

We’ll begin talking about how 5G is really taking off and there are some interesting statistics. There's a lot of hype around 5G but we’ll look at the ramp up of 5G and how real it is. We’ll also talk about how 5G and how it’s different from 4G in many different ways and how those differences in 5G are going to forces change it is on the “backhaul network”, or force changes on what Transport Network operators are going to need to deliver to their mobile operator clients. Finally, we'll spend some time talking about different technologies that are becoming available now to help meet all these new challenges.

5G is actually the fastest growing new mobile technology that has been in existence, you know compared to 4G or 3G. There was a projected very rapid subscriber adoption rate than 4G or 3G. But just recently, Omdia released some research last month indicating the actual number of 5G connections at 17.7M actually exceeded the previous projection. So not only do the projections say it’s going to ramp faster than 4G, the truth is the actual connections are exceeding projections, that's a 329% growth over a year ago. After one year of belt of 5G, we have nearly 18 million Global Connections compared to only about 23,000 connections after the first year of LTE. 5G isn't as widespread as 4G is but it's very real and ramping quickly.

Around the world, within the first year, after the 5G standard became available we are now up to 70 commercial 5G launches in 40 different countries and that compares with twelve 4G launches in the first year of 4G. So in terms of the number of subscribers and in the terms of the number of network operators launching networks and services 5G is taking off very rapidly.

How different 5G from 4G? It’s not just some bigger version of 4G, you have enhanced mobile broadband with its set of requirements, ultra-reliable latency conductivity, and you have mMTC with yet a third set of requirements. So when you put all those things together and you think about the transport operator has to do in connecting the WAN to the core on behalf of the mobile operator, there are lots of new things that the transport operator is going to have to deal with. Specifically, from a transport operator point of view, it’s going to drive changes in many dimensions.

4G served different services, like voice but if you think about the types of services that really make a transport network web, voice is not a big deal. What really makes the transport networks web is you know people like you and me with our favorite device and we want to get on Facebook. So it's in that's kind of the key service for 4G. It's and served by a shared transport infrastructure is focused on people like you and me. 4G has normally one basic service, it’s got a consumer focus and when it comes to the Transport Network, the transport is really kind of point-to-point. You've got a bunch of cell towers in a bunch of remote locations and the kind of holding back to a couple of mobile switching facilities in a large Metro area, basically point-to-point. You kind of put all that together and it says that carrier ethernet is a pretty good backhaul transport technology and a pretty good back all transports service offerings

Listen to the rest of the webinar to see how 5G is different than 4G, specifically to the backhaul network...