Abstract

In this paper, we present and experimentally demonstrate a broadband intermediate frequency-over-fiber (IFoF) system with adaptive frequency transmit diversity for the next generation mobile fronthaul (MFH) applications. We propose to employ an integrated dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder Modulator (DPMZM) with adaptive dc-bias voltage setting for a simplified, efficient, and flexible IFoF communication system. The DPMZM is utilized to compensate the chromatic dispersion (CD) induced deep RF power fading impact, by taking advantage of the frequency transmit diversity of the two parallel modulators and optical paths. Using probe signals and the supervised machine learning (ML) technique, an accurate frequency response of the system is generated and utilized to design a dynamic allocation of IF channels to each DPMZM port. This ML-based link frequency response can capture the accumulated CD-induced power fading frequency region, as well as the random degradation caused by the used RF and optical devices characteristics and bandwidth limitation. Applying our proposed system, we successfully transmitted 15 IF channels with 1.2 GHz bandwidth and 64-QAM-OFDM modulated signals over 20-km fiber length, leading to about 1.18 Tbps CPRI-equivalent data rate. If we assume the maximum spectral efficiency of the LTE-A systems (i.e., 3.75 bit/s/Hz), the user throughput can be higher than 67 Gb/s. The obtained results show the potentials of DPMZM-based multi-IFoF system to satisfy the high capacity requirement of 5G mobile network and beyond.

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