Cloud RAN for Mobile Networks—A Technology Overview

Aleksandra Checko, Henrik L. Christiansen, Ying Yan, Lara Scolari, Georgios Kardaras, Michael S. Berger, Lars Dittmann
2015 IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials  
Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) is a novel mobile network architecture which can address a number of challenges the operators face while trying to support growing end-user's needs. The main idea behind C-RAN is to pool the Baseband Units (BBUs) from multiple base stations into centralized BBU Pool for statistical multiplexing gain, while shifting the burden to the high-speed wireline transmission of In-phase and Quadrature (IQ) data. C-RAN enables energy efficient network operation and
more » ... le cost savings on baseband resources. Furthermore, it improves network capacity by performing load balancing and cooperative processing of signals originating from several base stations. This article surveys the state-of-the-art literature on C-RAN. It can serve as a starting point for anyone willing to understand C-RAN architecture and advance the research on C-RAN.
doi:10.1109/comst.2014.2355255 fatcat:xiwm3naoj5cx3mgdn22hz24emq