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Software Defined Networking for Optical Networks: A Practical Introduction Online Course - 14 November 2018

IEEE ComSoc TrainingThis is an introductory course to Software Defined Networking (SDN) as a control plane (CP) technology for optical networks. The course will cover the main drivers, uses, key benefits, current trends and underlying technologies around the concept of an SDN control plane focusing, notably, on transport networks and covering mainly the aggregation and core network segments.

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IEEE NetSoft 2019

IEEE NetSoft 2019The 5th IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft 2019) will be held on June 24-28, 2019 in Paris, France. The conference theme is "Unleashing the Power of Network Softwarization." NetSoft 2019 conference will dig deeper into techniques, components, systems and architectures that will shape the future of automated networking. From the dynamic exposure and negotiation of connectivity service parameters to service fulfillment and assurance mechanisms, the promises of automation to foster the delivery and facilitate the design and the operation of complex, programmable, multi-service networking architectures need to be kept beyond the currently nurturing specification and development efforts.

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IEEE SDN eLearning Modules

IEEE SDN eLearning ModulesIEEE SDN now offers a collection of online courses in the field of Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, and related technologies. Learn from industry experts about topics that include the fundamentals of SDN and NFV, security and management challenges, the latest SDN open source platforms, and more. Participants also have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) with each course.

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Webinar: SDN/NFV – Time for Real Innovations

SDN and NFV are currently moving from the phase of standardization to that of early proliferation and adoption as common 5G base technologies. This webinar sheds light on aspects of SDN and NFV adoption, innovation, and the new frontiers with the help of invited esteemed experts in this space who outline their position and debate their views.

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‘A Pervasive Software Environment’

A Pervasive Software EnvironmentQ&A with Enrico Bagnasco, Head of Innovation at Telecom Italia Mobile

IEEE NetSoft 2017 will draw world-leading service providers, vendors, research institutes, open source projects and academia to examine the developing 5G transformation. In this Q&A, Enrico Bagnasco, head of innovation at Telecom Italia Mobile, looks at some of the issues to be explored at IEEE NetSoft 2017, 3-7 July 2017 in Bologna, Italy.

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Assessing the Techno-Socioeconomic Transformation of 5G

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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IEEE SDN Catalogue of Toolkits and Testbeds

IEEE SDN Catalogue of Toolkits and Testbeds

This wiki provides an overview of existing toolkits, and (federated) testbeds in the area of Software Defined Network (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and Mobile Edge Computing which can be used for building prototypes boosting the development of the 5th Generation of Mobile Networks.

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CNSM 2017

CNSM 2017

26-30 November 2017 in Tokyo, Japan

The International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM) is the premier annual single-track conference in the general area of network and service management.

CNSM is inviting authors to submit original contributions in the network and service management research area. The paper submission deadline is: 10 July 2017.

Access the Call for Papers at cnsm-conf.org.


Berlin 5G Week 2017

Berlin 5G Week 2017

6-10 November 2017 in Berlin, Germany

Get your hands on 5G at the #Berlin5GWeek 2017! Held at Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, #Berlin5GWeek builds on the success of last year's event to bring you another exciting lineup of events focused on 5G, including the 3rd IEEE NFV-SDN Conference (NFV-SDN 2017), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Forum, and the FOKUS FUSECO FORUM 2017.

Learn more at berlin5gweek.org.



The Institute’s 10 Most Popular Articles of 2016

The Institute's article, "The “Softwarization” of Telecommunications Systems", which summarizes IEEE SDN's white paper "Towards 5G Software-Defined Ecosystems" has ranked #5 on The Institute's most popular articles of 2016! Additional articles on the list include coverage of Claude Shannon's groundbreaking personal computer, Marie Curie's pioneering contributions to the field of radioactivity in World War I, the world's largest indoor farm, and today's toughest engineering jobs to fill.

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Breakthrough Collaboration Model for Future Networks

Breakthrough Collaboration Model for Future Networks

Federated 5G/SDN/NFV/MEC Testbed and Virtual Lab

PISCATAWAY, N.J.--IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced today in collaboration with, IEEE Software Defined Networks (IEEE SDN), and EIT Digital, a joint roadmap for a breakthrough collaboration model to boost 5G innovation during Berlin5Gweek on November 2, 2016, which followed the San Francisco launch in May 2016 of an international Open Testbed Community (OTC).

Read the press release at BusinessWire.


IEEE SDN New Co-Chair Announcement

Prosper ChemouilProsper Chemouil Named IEEE SDN Co-Chair Moving Into 2017

"As new co-chair of IEEE SDN, I would like to first thank Antonio Manzalini for having steered the Initiative activity with brio since its inception. Though he decided to step down from chairmanship, I am confident that he will still back our Initiative as an active contributor. Second, it is thus a great challenge to take over this important role as we can witness everyday the ever-growing impact of softwarization in our digital world, moving towards a 5G era.

IEEE SDN is a privileged arena to address these challenges, and I will dedicate myself to make our activity influential with the support of all of you, in particular the Steering Committee of the Initiative."
- Prosper Chemouil



Service Provider Summit and Open Mobile Edge Cloud Workshop

Service Provider Summit and Open Mobile Edge Cloud Workshop

15-16 June 2016 - Telecom Italia Mobile, Future Centre, Venice, Italy

Representatives of the world's leading telecommunications companies and the research and development community came together in Venice, Italy at Telecom Italia Mobile's Future Centre on 15-16 June 2016 to address the many challenges of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and 5G era networks and services.

Access the keynote addresses of the workshop.


User-Centric Networks Will Drive New Architectures

UCNs will have a broad and significant impact on how networks are developed and managed.

Article co-authored by Eileen Healy, Co-Chair of IEEE Software Defined Networks (SDN), and Cagatay Buyukkoc, co-lead of IEEE SDN Initiative Pre-Industrial Committee.

Read more at Network Computing


SoftFIRE Launches First Open Call

The SoftFIRE project, funded by Horizon 2020, is setting up a federated SDN/NFV Testbed. The infrastructure brings together different heterogenous testbeds providing SDN and NFV capabilities for experimenting with programmability, security, and interoperability aspects in order to boost the developments of a 5th Generation of Mobile Networks.

To push European 5G Development, SoftFIRE is launching its First Open Call for Experimenters interested in NFV and SDN technologies.

Experimenters interested in submitting a proposal can choose between two objectives:

  • enhancing the federated testbed development or testing new functionalities
  • producing and validating new services, systems and applications that can benefit from such distributed SDN/NFV infrastructure

More information (including conditions for participation) can be found on: www.softfire.eu/open-calls/first-open-call/


The “Softwarization” of Telecommunications Systems

The Softwarization of Telecommunications Systems

Drivers include 5G technology and open-source software

"Get ready for a radical change in the way telecommunications systems are designed and operated. Software-defined networks (SDNs), network function virtualization (NFV), and cloud computing are part of the “softwarization” trend. Softwarization is expected to impact all stages of network development."

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GSA Evolution to Narrow Band-IoT Report

GSA Evolution to Narrow Band-IoT Report

The GSA Evolution to Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) is a new quarterly report from GSA that will track and report on the progress of this 3GPP technology. The report covers the progress of the standardisation of NB-IoT which should be frozen in June 2016 as part of Release-13. Also covered is the progress operators are making around the world on deploying technologies to deliver on the promise of billions of connected things by 2025.

The report tracks Cat-1 and Cat-M1 commercial networks and trials and covers the Cat-NB1 pre-standard trials that operators, network suppliers, silicon vendors and module & device companies have been actively progressing. GSA is also forecasting the number of IoT networks that will be commercially launched in the coming months and reporting on this progress throughout the year.

Comments about this report and updates are welcome by email please to info@gsacom.com

Download Report at GSA

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IEEE SDN White Paper

Towards 5G Software-Defined Ecosystems

Towards 5G Software-Defined Ecosystems
Technical Challenges, Business Sustainability and Policy Issues

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.

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OPNFV Summit 2016

OPNFV Summit 2016The 2nd OPNFV Summit, 20-23 June 2016 in Berlin, Germany, was a great success with 620 people in attendance from the NFV ecosystem. 300 attendees joined for the Design Summit that included events with ARM NFV Ecosystem, FD.io/DPDK, ONOS + CORD, ONF, OPEN-O and OpenDaylight.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz presented "Open Baton in the 5G Berlin Initiative and Emerging Federated SDN Testbeds" during the Research and Future Track.

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Press Releases

IEEE Software-Defined Networks Initiative Paves the Way Towards Future Softwarized 5G Networks at Flagship Conference - 6 June 2017

Breakthrough Collaboration Model for Future Networks - 8 December 2016

Boosting 5G Innovation: IEEE Software Defined Networks and EIT Digital Launch International Open Testbed Community - 8 June 2016

IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative’s Flagship Conference to Focus on Softwarization of Networks, Clouds and IoT - 25 May 2016

IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative Hosts 2nd Workshop on Mobile Edge Cloud - 2 May 2016

IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative Launches Newsletter Highlighting Global Industry Developments - 3 November 2015

IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization Opens Call for Papers - 22 September 2015

IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative Tapped to Lead Conversations on Softwarization at International Communications Technology Conference - 19 May 2015

Network Transformation Trends to Be Featured at IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization - 11 March 2015