SDN and NFV integration in generalized mobile network architecture

Aalto Costa-Requena, Ijaz Ahmad

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The main drivers for the mobile core network evolution is to serve the future challenges and set the way to 5G networks with need for high capacity and low latency. Different technologies such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are being considered to address the future needs of 5G networks. However, future applications such as Internet of Things (IoT), video services and others still unveiled will have different requirements, which emphasize the need for the dynamic scalability of the network functionality. The means for efficient network resource operability seems to be even more important than the future network element costs. This paper provides the analysis of different technologies such as SDN and NFV that offer different architectural options to address the needs of 5G networks. The options under consideration in this paper may differ mainly in the extent of what SDN principles are applied to mobile specific functions or to transport network functions only.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC)
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-7359-3, 978-1-4673-7358-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


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