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Towards 5G Software-Defined Ecosystems: Technical Challenges, Business Sustainability and Policy Issues

Manzalini, A; Buyukkoc, C; Chemouil, P; Callegati, F; Galis, A; Odini, MP; I, CL; ... Sharrock, S; + view all (2016) Towards 5G Software-Defined Ecosystems: Technical Challenges, Business Sustainability and Policy Issues. (IEEE SDN White Paper ). IEEE: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Techno-economic drivers are creating the conditions for a radical change of paradigm in the design and operation of future telecommunications infrastructures. In fact, SDN, NFV, Cloud and Edge-Fog Computing are converging together into a single systemic transformation termed “Softwarization” that will find concrete exploitations in 5G systems. The IEEE SDN Initiative1 has elaborated a vision, an evolutionary path and some techno-economic scenarios of this transformation: specifically, the major technical challenges, business sustainability and policy issues have been investigated. This white paper presents: 1) an overview on the main techno-economic drivers steering the “Softwarization” of telecommunications; 2) an introduction to the Open Mobile Edge Cloud vision (covered in a companion white paper); 3) the main technical challenges in terms of operations, security and policy; 4) an analysis of the potential role of open source software; 5) some use case proposals for proof-of-concepts; and 6) a short description of the main socio-economic impacts being produced by “Softwarization”. Along these directions, IEEE SDN is also developing of an open catalogue of software platforms, toolkits, and functionalities aiming at a step-by-step development and aggregation of test-beds/field-trials on SDNNFV- 5G.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Towards 5G Software-Defined Ecosystems: Technical Challenges, Business Sustainability and Policy Issues
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://sdn.ieee.org/publications/towards-5g-softw...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: SDN, NFV, 5G, Open Mobile Edge Cloud
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043678
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