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Network slicing and softwarization: A survey on principles, enabling technologies and solutions

Afolabi, Ibrahim; Taleb, Tarik; Samdanis, Konstantinos; Ksentini, Adlen; Flinck, Hannu

IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, Vol.PP, N°99, March 2018, ISSN: 1553-877X

Network slicing has been identified as the backbone of the rapidly evolving 5G technology. However, as its consolidation and standardization progress, there are no literatures that comprehensively discuss its key principles, enablers and research challenges. This paper elaborates network slicing from an end-to-end perspective detailing its historical heritage, principal concepts, enabling technologies and solutions as well as the current standardization efforts. In particular, it overviews the diverse use cases and network requirements of network slicing, the pre-slicing era, considering RAN sharing as well as the end-to-end orchestration and management, encompassing the radio access, transport network and the core network. This paper also provides details of specific slicing solutions for each part of the 5G system. Finally, this paper identifies a number of open research challenges and provides recommendations towards potential solutions.

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Title:Network slicing and softwarization: A survey on principles, enabling technologies and solutions
Keywords:Network Slice, 5G, Network Softwarization, Orchestration, Network Management, NFV, SDN, Cloud, Mobile Network, MANO and Open Source
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Language:English
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Department:Communication systems
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Bibtex: @article{EURECOM+5506, doi = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/COMST.2018.2815638}, year = {2018}, month = {03}, title = {{N}etwork slicing and softwarization: {A} survey on principles, enabling technologies and solutions}, author = {{A}folabi, {I}brahim and {T}aleb, {T}arik and {S}amdanis, {K}onstantinos and {K}sentini, {A}dlen and {F}linck, {H}annu}, journal = {{IEEE} {C}ommunications {S}urveys and {T}utorials, {V}ol.{PP}, {N}°99, {M}arch 2018, {ISSN}: 1553-877{X}}, url = {http://www.eurecom.fr/publication/5506} }
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