Multi-tenant slicing for spectrum management on the road to 5G
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The explosive data traffic demand in the context of the 5G revolution has stressed the need for network capacity increase. As the network densification has almost reached its limits, mobile network operators are motivated to share their network infrastructure and the available resources through dynamic spectrum management. Although some initial efforts have been made in this direction by concluding sharing agreements at a coarse granularity (i.e., months or years), the 5G developments require fine timescale agreements, mainly enabled by network slicing. In this article, taking into account the radical changes foreseen for next generation networks, we provide a thorough discussion of the challenges that network slicing brings in the different network parts, while introducing a new entity capable of managing the end-to-end slicing in a coherent manner. In addition, according to the paradigm shift of operators sharing their resources in a common centralized pool, we design a cooperative game to study the potential cooperation aspects among the participants. The experimental results highlight the performance and financial gains achievable by operators through multi-tenant slicing, providing them with the necessary incentives for network upgrade toward 5G.
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CitationVincenzi, M., Antonopoulos, A., Kartsakli, E., Vardakas, J., Alonso, L., Verikoukis, C. Multi-tenant slicing for spectrum management on the road to 5G. "IEEE Wireless communications", 1 Octubre 2017, vol. 24, núm. 5, p. 118-125.