Sarokal Test Systems has released its first customer specific implementation of an Ethernet-based 5G Fronthaul protocol, the company said.
This solution enables Sarokal X-STEP testers to emulate Ethernet-based Fronthaul traffic to develop 5G Fronthaul devices, like centralized and distributed baseband units (BBU), remote radio units (RRU), and different aggregation and switch units.
Development work for public Ethernet-based Fronthaul specifications, including eCPRI and IEEE 1914, is currently ongoing and specifications are scheduled to come out starting from the second half of 2017. In the meanwhile, equipment manufacturers develop their Ethernet-based Fronthaul variants for R&D and demonstration purposes. Some of these variants may continue to exist as proprietary protocols even after the public standards are in place.
Sarokal Test Systems provides innovative test solutions for Fronthaul networks. Our CPRI, OBSAI, JESD204, and Ethernet solutions enable users like chipset vendors, Fronthaul equipment manufacturers, and telecom operators to test and verify their 4G and 5G network devices.