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Ethernet for 5G fronthaul: A key component in network evolution

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Sébastien Prieur

Group Manager - 5G Transport and RF application

Sébastien Prieur is Group Manager – 5G transport and RF application at EXFO. With 20+ years of experience in the telecom industry, Sébastien has held lead roles in areas ranging from hardware design to product and team management. He has contributed his expertise and passion for technology and innovation to prominent companies such as EXFO, Marconi Communications and Simpler Networks. Sébastien holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Montreal’s École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).


5G network evolution – from distributed to centralized and virtualized RANs – is driving more stringent transport and protocol requirements for latency, synchronization, quality of service (QoS) and other criteria, forcing operators to rethink their fronthaul strategy to meet these challenges.

Join this webinar to get answers to these questions:

  • How is Ethernet evolving to address new requirements?
  • What role do Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) and network slicing play in this service environment?
  • How can Ethernet be made deterministic to support fronthaul and converged 4G and 5G traffic?
  • How are standards, such as eCPRI and O-RAN, shaping the landscape?
  • How can operators devise a test and integration strategy for 5G fronthaul?

Who Should Attend

Fixed and mobile operators (‘transmission and transport’ divisions in particular); equipment vendors and systems integrators; financial analysts and industry press.

Free Report

Everyone who registers for this webinar will receive a special report by Director, Research and Analysis Richard Webb. A download link will be sent to you and the report will also be available to download from the live webinar console.

Key Topics for Discussion

  • Why Ethernet for 5G fronthaul: Spectrum, protocols, RAN architectures
  • Standardization trends: RoE, eCPRI, O-RAN
  • Transport network slicing within a shared TSN fronthaul network: Fronthaul as a service
  • Timing and synchronization considerations for 5G fronthaul
  • Test, validation, and qualification of the transport network at system/subsystem level
  • Answers to audience questions during live Q&A


  • Richard Webb, Director, Research and Analysis, Service Provider Technology, Omdia
  • Sébastien Prieur, Product Line Manager, EXFO
  • Jean Dassonville, RAN Solutions Planner, Keysight Technologies
  • Jason Wiebe, Product Line Manager, IP/Optical Networks Business Group, Nokia
  • Allen Tatara, Senior Manager, Webinar Events, Omdia (Moderator)

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