Abstract

In the next-generation radio access network (NG RAN), the next-generation evolved NodeBs (gNBs) will be, likely, split into virtualized central units (CUs) and distributed units (DUs) interconnected by a fronthaul network. Because of fronthaul latency and capacity requirements, optical metro-ring networks are among the main candidates for supporting converged 5G and non-5G services. In this scenario, a degradation in the quality of transmission of the lightpaths connecting DU and CU can be revealed (or anticipated) based on monitoring techniques. Thus, the lightpath transmission parameters can be adapted to maintain the required bit error rate (BER). However, in specific cases, the original requested capacity between DU and CU could be not guaranteed, thus impacting the service. In this case, another DU–CU connectivity should be considered, relying on a change of the so-called functional split. This study proposes a two-step recovery scheme orchestrating lightpath transmission adaptation and functional split reconfiguration to guarantee the requested connectivity in a virtualized RAN fronthaul. Results show that, for the connections that cannot be transported by the original lightpath, a graceful degradation followed by a recovery is possible within tens of seconds.

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