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From Centralized RAN to Cloud RAN (hosted by IHS)

Hosted by

Yvon Rouault

5G Solutions Manager

Yvon Rouault joined EXFO in January 2014 and holds the position of 5G Solutions Manager, in the Service Assurance division. In this position, he is in charge of the alignment of the optimization and monitoring solutions with the 5G market requirements.

With some 33 years of experience in the network testing and service assurance industry, Yvon has occupied various roles ranging from engineering, pre-sales and sales account management, product marketing, and CTO office advisor.

Prior to joining EXFO, he worked for leading companies such as Hewlett Packard, Agilent and Tektronix Communications. He has provided solutions in various networking domains, from transport networks (SDH, …), fixed networks (VoIP, SD-WAN), ‎switching and routing (ATM, IP, MPLS), and mobile networks for the past 10 years.

Yvon holds an engineering degree in Electronics and a master’s degree in Marketing Management from HEC Paris. He has lived and worked in France, Canada and Germany.

The move from centralized to virtual radio access networks (RANs) is already happening, with baseband unit (BBU) virtualization moving many functions to software, paving the way for 5G and pre-5G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A). This webinar explores the market drivers and the technical challenges of the RAN transformation from fiber to the antenna (FTTA) to centralized RAN (C-RAN) and virtual RAN, the state of virtualized baseband unit (vBBU), the long-term evolution of fronthaul beyond the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) to packet-based transport, and testing requirements at the optical and protocol layers.

Who should attend?

Mobile operators, transmission network operators, optical and mobile network equipment vendors. Financial analysts and the media are also encouraged to attend.

 Key topics for discussion

  • 5G characteristics and network drivers
  • Fronthaul architectures evolving from FTTA to centralized RAN to cloud RAN
  • Planning and performance requirements for cloud RAN
  • Integrating and testing fronthaul connectivity in backhaul/transport networks
  • Guidelines for optical testing in C-RAN and beyond
  • Answers to audience questions during live Q&A


  • Richard Webb, Research Director, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells, IHS
  • Yvon Rouault, Advisor, CTO Office, EXFO
  • Jean-Sébastien Tassé, Product Line Manager, Optical Business Unit, EXFO
  • Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS (Moderator) 

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