(WOS #02-Fiwi) Fiber-Wireless Access Networks


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The Workshop on Fiber-Wireless Access Networks will be held in conjunction with the 17th edition of the IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband ICUWB’2017 in Salamanca, Spain, from September 12th to 15th, 2017.


Mobile network operators and service providers are faced with the prospect of mobile data delivery costs outweighing revenues. In their quest for a ubiquitous ultra-high bandwidth communication infrastructure towards 5G, the backhaul and fronthaul network segments are becoming major performance-limiting factors and thus a pressing concern in mobile networks. In the past, most 4G LTE network research has been focusing on the achievable performance gains in the wireless front-end only without looking into the details of backhaul implementations and possible backhaul bottlenecks. It is only recently that backhaul- and fronthaul-aware 4G studies have begun to take capacity-limited backhaul and fronthaul links, as found in many of today’s existing systems, into account and investigated the performance-limiting impact and details of different backhaul and fronthaul technologies.

To cope with the unprecedented growth of mobile data traffic driven by the popularity of smart phones and mobile-connected tablets running diverse data-centric applications, the removal of the traditional barriers between coverage-centric 4G mobile networks and capacity-centric fiber-wireless (FiWi) broadband access networks based on low-cost data-centric Ethernet technologies represents one of several promising approaches to benefit from fiber backhaul sharing and WiFi offloading capabilities in unified cellular and FiWi broadband access networks.

The scope of this workshop is to explore emerging trends and report on recent progress to unleash the full potential of unified cellular and FiWi access networks, including their convergence with other technologies and economic sectors for future non-incremental FiWi research such as networked robotics as envisioned by the emerging Tactile Internet.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Backhaul awareness
  • Cloud radio access network
  • Computation offloading
  • Decentralization
  • Gigabit-class wireless front-end
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Infrastructure sharing
  • Integration of fiber optic and wireless sensors
  • Low-latency networking techniques
  • Mobile cloud computing
  • Mobile data offloading
  • Network architectures
  • Network planning and reconfiguration
  • Networked robotics
  • New business models
  • Next-generation optical access solutions
  • Optical and wireless protection
  • Optical-wireless integration
  • Next-Generation PONs
  • Radio-over-fiber networks
  • Novel 5G fronthauling technologies and solutions
  • FiWi networks for small-cell access
  • FiWi networks for hybrid optical-wireless fronthauling
  • Reliable network connectivity
  • Routing and QoS continuity
  • Smart grid/city applications
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • User equipment assisted mobility
  • WiFi offloading
  • Wireless backhaul

Workshop Chair:

  • Martin Maier, INRS

Workshop Co-Chair:

  • Nikos Pleros, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Submission & Publication:

More information: www.icuwb2017.org/participants/paper-submission