An SDN-based Network Architecture for Extremely Dense Wireless Networks
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Telecommunications networks are undergoing ma- jor changes so as to meet the requirements of the next gener- ation of users and services, which create a need for a general revised architectural approach rather than a series of local and incremental technology updates. This is especially manifest in mobile broadband wireless access, where a major traffic increase is expected, mostly because of video transmission and cloud-based applications. The installation of a high number of very small cells is foreseen as the only practical way to achieve the demands. However, this would create a struggle on the mobile network operators because of the limited backhaul capacity, the increased energy consumption, and the explosion of signalling. In the FP7 project CROWD, Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been identified as a solution to tame extreme density of wireless networks. Following this paradigm, a novel network architecture accounting for MAC control and Mobility Management has been proposed, being the subject of this paper.