Millimeter wave (mmWave) communication is being seen as a disruptive technology for 5G era. In particular, 60GHz frequency band has emerged as a promising candidate for multi-Gbps connectivity in indoor and hotspot areas. In terms of network architecture, cloud radio access network (CRAN) has emerged as the most promising architectural alternative to enable efficient baseband processing and dynamic resource allocation in 5G communications. In this article, we propose micro-CRAN (mCRAN) -a multi-gigabit indoor network architecture which leverages availability of high bandwidth in 60GHz frequency band. We have discussed in detail about the requirements and research challenges for various system modules for mCRAN based network architecture. We have also investigated the feasibility of IEEE 802.11ad MAC protocol for the proposed mCRAN architecture. We discuss the challenges related to 60GHz beamforming, medium access mechanisms and network architecture, and propose solutions to address them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE ICC 2015 - Workshop on Fiber-Wireless Integrated Technologies, Systemsand Networks (ICC'15 - Workshops 09)
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
Pages300 - 305
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015
EventICC 2015, London, UK - Piscataway, NJ, USA
Duration: 8 Jun 201512 Jun 2015

Conference

ConferenceICC 2015, London, UK
Period8/06/1512/06/15

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