An architecture to offer cloud-based radio access network as a service

Lucio Studer Ferreira, Dominique Pichon, Atoosa Hatefi, Andre Gomes, D.C. Dimitrova, Torsten Braun, Georgios Karagiannis, Morteza Karimzadeh Motallebi Azar, Monica Branco, Luis M. Correia

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    Abstract

    This paper addresses the novel notion of offering a radio access network as a service. Its components may be instantiated on general purpose platforms with pooled resources (both radio and hardware ones) dimensioned on-demand, elastically and following the pay-per-use principle. A novel architecture is proposed that supports this concept. The architecture's success is in its modularity, well-defined functional elements and clean separation between operational and control functions. By moving much processing traditionally located in hardware for computation in the cloud, it allows the optimisation of hardware utilization and reduction of deployment and operation costs. It enables operators to upgrade their network as well as quickly deploy and adapt resources to demand. Also, new players may easily enter the market, permitting a virtual network operator to provide connectivity to its users.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2014
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherIEEE Communications Society
    Pages1-5
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-5280-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2014
    EventEuropean Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2014, Bologna, Italy: Proceedings of the European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2014 - USA
    Duration: 25 Jun 2014 → …

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    PublisherIEEE Communications Society

    Conference

    ConferenceEuropean Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2014, Bologna, Italy
    CityUSA
    Period25/06/14 → …

    Keywords

    • EWI-25061
    • IR-93341
    • METIS-309580

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