This article provides a comprehensive overview of the 5G RAN design guidelines, key design considerations, and functional innovations as identified and developed by key players in the field. It depicts the air interface landscape that is envisioned for 5G, and also explains key functional design considerations for the 5G RAN, highlighting the difference to legacy systems such as LTE-A and the implications of the overall RAN design.

Full abstract in IEEE Xplore, DOI: 10.1109/MCOM.2016.1600147CM

Authors:

Icaro Da Silva; Ericsson Research, Patrick Marsch; Nokia, Ömer Bulakci; Huawei European Research Center, Milos Tesanovic; Samsung Electronics UK, Salha Edinne El Ayoubi, Thomas Rosowski; Orange, Alexandros Kaloxylos; Deutsche Telekom AG, Mauro Boldi; Telecom Italia

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Published in November 2016 in IEEE Communications Magazine (Volume: 54, Issue: 11)

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