Abstract

This paper reports the integration and experimental performance analysis of a GFDM-based 5G transceiver in a gigabit passive optical network (GPON), using radio over fiber technology. The proposed architecture enables to simultaneously transport two 5G candidates RF signals through an active GPON under real channel conditions. One signal is generated by a GFDM-based 5G prototype transceiver at 735 MHz, whereas the second one is synthetized by a vector signal generator at 26 GHz. A dual-drive Mach–Zehnder modulator has been utilized in the optical line terminal to modulate both signals, with the purpose of mitigating the interference between them. Particularly for the GFDM-based 735 MHz signal, a modulation error ratio (MER) of 40 dB has been obtained at RF-driven signal up to –9 dBm. Furthermore, the use of a digital predistortion scheme has been efficiently employed to reduce the impact of the nonlinear distortions and enhance MER. The 26-GHz RF signal, aimed for the 5G millimeter wave band, has been investigated as a function of error vector magnitude (EVM) for bitrates up to 1 Gbit/s. ${\text{EVM}}_{{\text{RMS}}}$ of 2.18% and 5.70% have been obtained for 100 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s, respectively. Finally, the latency and throughput measurements of the baseband signal originally running over GPON have shown no significant penalties.

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