The Transformative Technology sector looks at innovative technologies that are likely to transform the consumer lifestyle, enable new use cases, and increase productivity, while significantly reducing both capital and operation expenditures. The topics covered provide deep analysis of specific technologies already enabling new use cases such as augmented reality, virtual reality, wearables, consumer, industrial, and service robotics, and smart cities. The sector will also cover technologies that are beyond the immediate horizon, which will truly transform business and society over a five to fifteen year period. These include Cognitive and Neuromorphic Computing, Quantum Computing, 5G networks and beyond, and new materials and lithographic processes that will likely extend Moore’s Law to new milestones with materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.
LTE is a major change in the evolution of mobile network architectures from two key aspects. Firstly, LTE represents the final stage in the evolution from circuit/packet hybrid networks to a fully IP-based packet network, and secondly LTE also transitions from the legacy hierarchical network architecture to a flat and distributed architecture thanks to the incorporation of the RNC in the eNodeB.
This report examines how LTE networks are driving changes in the mobile backhaul whether fiber, microwave, copper, or satellite and also discusses the influence of HetNets on LTE backhaul design.
Although not a "backhaul" technology as such the report discusses fronthaul for those applications using RRH for CRAN-based LTE RAN architectures, since the technologies involved in fronthaul are closely allied to those used in backhaul.