Future Mode of Operations for 5G - The SELFNET Approach Enabled by SDN/NFV

Pedro Neves, Rui Calé, Mário Costa, Gonçalo Gaspar, Qi Wang, Jose M. Alcaraz Calero, James Nightingale, Giacomo Bernini, Gino Carrozzo, Ángel Valdivieso, Luis Javier García Villalba, Maria João Barros, Anastasius Gravas, José Santos, Ricardo Maia, Ricardo Preto

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The 5G infrastructure initiative in Europe1 has agreed a number of challenging key performance indicators (KPIs) to significantly enhance the user experience and support a number of use cases with very demanding requirements on the network infrastructure. At the same time there is high pressure on the reduction of the operational expenditure (OPEX). A contribution to meeting the KPIs and to reduce OPEX is to evolve the management of the network into a fully autonomic and intelligent framework. Based on advanced technologies, such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), the EU H2020 project SELFNET (https://selfnet-5g.eu/) is proposing an advanced network management framework to achieve these objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-246
Number of pages18
JournalComputer Standards & Interfaces
Issue number4
Early online date20 Feb 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Feb 2017


  • network functions virtualization
  • Software defined networking
  • 5G
  • self-organizing networks
  • autonomic management


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