Feasibility study and experimental verification of simplified fiber-supported 60-GHz picocell mobile backhaul links

Alexander Lebedev, Xiaodan Pang, Juan José Vegas Olmos, Marta Beltrán, Roberto Llorente, Søren Forchhammer, Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

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We propose and experimentally demonstrate a fiber-wireless transmission system for optimized delivery of 60-GHz radio frequency (RF) signals through picocell mobile backhaul connections. We identify advantages of 60-GHz links for utilization in short-range mobile backhaul through feasibility analysis and comparison with an alternative E-band (60–90 GHz) technology. The 60-GHz fiber-wireless-fiber setup is then introduced: two spans of up to 20 km of optical fiber are deployed and bridged by up to 4 m of wireless distance. The 60-GHz radio-over-fiber technology is utilized in the first span of fiber transmission. The system is simplified and tailored for delivery of on-off keying data signals by employing a single module for lightwave generation and modulation combined with a simplified RF downconversion technique by envelope detection. Data signals of 1.25 Gb/s are transmitted, and a bit-error-rate performance below the 7% overhead forward-error-correction limit is achieved for a range of potential fiber deployment scenarios. A spurious free dynamic range of 73 $ hbox{dB-Hz}^{2/3}$ is attained for a frequency-doubling photonic RF upconversion technique. The power budget margin that is required to extend the wireless transmission distance from 4 m to a few hundred meters has been taken into account in the setup design, and the techniques to extend the wireless distance are analyzed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6583267
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Photonics Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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