SDN/NFV-based Mobile Packet Core Network Architectures: A Survey
2017 (English)In: IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, ISSN 1553-877X, E-ISSN 1553-877XArticle in journal (Refereed) Accepted
The emergence of two new technologies, namely Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) have radically changed the development of network functions and the evolution of network architectures. These two technologies bring to mobile operators the promises of reducing costs, enhancing network flexibility and scalability, and shortening the time-to-market of new applications and services. With the advent of SDN and NFV and their offered benefits, the mobile operators are gradually changing the way how they architect their mobile networks to cope with ever-increasing growth of data traffic, massive number of new devices and network accesses, and to pave the way towards the upcoming fifth generation (5G) networking. This paper aims at providing a comprehensive survey of state-of-the-art research work, which leverages SDN and NFV into the most recent mobile packet core network architecture, Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The research work is categorized into smaller groups according to a proposed four-dimensional taxonomy reflecting the (1) architectural ap- proach, (2) technology adoption, (3) functional implementation, and (4) deployment strategy. Thereafter, the research work is exhaustively compared based on the proposed taxonomy and some added attributes and criteria. Finally, the paper identifies and discusses some major challenges and open issues such as scalability and reliability, optimal resource scheduling and allocation, management and orchestration, network sharing and slicing that raise from the taxonomy and comparison tables that need to be further investigated and explored.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Communications Society, 2017.
software defined network, sdn, network function virtualization, nfv, mobile packet core, evolved packet core, epc, future mobile networks, 5g networking
Research subject Computer Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-48206OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-48206DiVA: diva2:1084657
ProjectsHigh Quality Networked Services in a Mobile World (HITS)