Software Defined Network Service Chaining for OTT Service Providers in 5G Networks
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The fifth generation wireless networks are expected to offer high capacity and accommodate numerous over-the-top applications, relying on users' Internet connectivity, thus involving different stakeholders, that is, network service providers and over-the-top service providers. For the efficient management of over-the-top application flows, the implementation of service functions and their interconnection in service chains, namely network service chaining, should consider the over-the-top service providers' performance goals and user management strategies. However, in current wireless network deployments, the network service providers have full control of network service chaining. Considering that user satisfaction from the offered services is a common interest for both types of stakeholders, the over-the-top service providers need to participate in network service chaining, and apply QoS and user prioritization policies to network service chain resource management, which involves users connected at different network points, in a distributed manner. In this article, we describe 5G network management architectures and propose virtualization components that enable over-the-top service-provider-oriented network service. We also outline the arising issues for over-the-top service providers in network service chaining and introduce a distributed prioritization network service chain management scheme for over-the-top application flows, based on matching theory. The evaluation results indicate the performance gains in overthe-top service providers' service levels that stem from the proposed scheme, demonstrating the benefits of introducing prioritization in network service chain deployment. 1 1979-2012 IEEE.
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