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IEEE NetSoftIEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft) Proceedings

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2017 IEEE NetSoft, 3-7 July 2017, Bologna, Italy

2016 IEEE NetSoft, 6-10 June 2016, Seoul, Korea

2015 IEEE NetSoft, 13-17 April 2015, London, UK

IEEE SDN White Paper
Towards 5G Software-Defined Ecosystems

Technical Challenges, Business Sustainability and Policy Issues

Abstract — Techno-economic drivers are creating the conditions for a radical change of paradigm in the design and operation of future telecommunications infrastructures. In fact, SDN, NFV, Cloud and Edge-Fog Computing are converging together into a single systemic transformation termed “Softwarization” that will find concrete exploitations in 5G systems. The IEEE SDN Initiative has elaborated a vision, an evolutionary path and some techno-economic scenarios of this transformation: specifically, the major technical challenges, business sustainability and policy issues have been investigated. This white paper presents: 1) an overview on the main techno-economic drivers steering the “Softwarization” of telecommunications; 2) an introduction to the Open Mobile Edge Cloud vision (covered in a companion white paper); 3) the main technical challenges in terms of operations, security and policy; 4) an analysis of the potential role of open source software; 5) some use case proposals for proof-of-concepts; and 6) a short description of the main socio-economic impacts being produced by “Softwarization”. Along these directions, IEEE SDN is also developing of an open catalogue of software platforms, toolkits, and functionalities aiming at a step-by-step development and aggregation of test-beds/field-trials on SDN-NFV-5G. This will prepare the ground for developing new ICT ecosystems, thereby improving the quality of life and facilitating the development of the new digital economy.

NetWorld 2020 ETP White Paper
5G Experimental Facilities in Europe

A White Document on 5G, co-authored by Antonio Manzalini, Chair of the IEEE SDN Initiative, in the context of the EU 5G experimentation strategy is now publicly available at

IEEE SDN4FNS White Paper

IEEE Software Defined Networks for Future Networks and Services (SDN4FNS) was held 11-13 November 2013 in Trento, Italy. Access the SDN4FNS white paper, "Software-Defined Networks for Future Networks and Services - Main Technical Challenges and Business Implications." For details about the event, visit the IEEE SDN4FNS website.


Read the latest blog post and join the discussion at the IEEE SDN Blog: 5G Network Softwarization: A Think Tank on Network Softwarization (from SDN, NFV, Cloud-Edge-Fog 5G).

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The Institute Special Report: Software Defined Networks

SDN technology could transform communications networks and reduce costs. 

Read more in The Institute - December 2014 Special Issue on SDN

The Institute - December 2014


News Articles

‘A Pervasive Software Environment’
Q&A with Enrico Bagnasco, Head of Innovation at Telecom Italia Mobile

IEEE Software Defined Networks - June 2017

“Softwarization Sustaining a Hyper-Connected World: en route to 5G” is the theme of IEEE NetSoft 2017 Conference, 3-7 July 2017 at the School of Engineering and Architecture at Italy’s University of Bologna. The IEEE Software Defined Networks (SDN) Initiative event will draw world-leading service providers, vendors, research institutes, open source projects and academia to examine the developing 5G transformation. Here, Enrico Bagnasco, head of innovation with Telecom Italia Mobile, looks at some of the issues to be explored at IEEE NetSoft 2017.

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Assessing the Techno-Socioeconomic Transformation of 5G
SDxCentral - June 2017

In this article, Antonio Manzalini, General Co-Chair of IEEE NetSoft 2017, discusses the impact that 5G will have on the future digital society and economy. Learn about the different technologies, including SDN, NFV, Cloud, AI, and IoT, that will converge to bring about new network solutions and business models. Also hear about some of the technical and regulatory challenges to be addressed in order to unleash 5G's full potential.

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Will Communications Theory Finally Make Itself Redundant? A View from the Academic Trenches
IEEE ComSoc Technology News - March 2017

In the March 2017 issue of IEEE ComSoc Technology News, Petar Popovski, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark, provides a view of the future of communications engineering as we head towards connected everything. Popovski identifies three important tracks that have the potential to drive new and exciting research in communication theory.

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