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Towards Software- Based Carrier Wi-Fi Architecture for a Wider Range of Services

Fatma Ben Jemaa
Guy Pujolle
Michel Pariente
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Over the last years, Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) have been extensively deployed and have significantly evolved. However, the deployment of large-scale WLAN still has management issues. Moreover, while newer WLAN technologies and services have been emerging at a prolific rate, the architecture of WLAN networks has largely been static and difficult to evolve. In this paper, we present a novel architecture for carrier-managed WLAN networks which leverages Network Function Virtualization concepts and virtualization technology in general. It is based on a WLAN Cloudlet which offloads MAC layer processing from access points and consolidates network functions and value-added services. All these functions and services are based on software instances. This brings more flexibility and adaptability and permits to easily implement new services while reducing CAPEX/OPEX and network equipment cost (e.g., access points).
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hal-01331952 , version 1 (15-06-2016)

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Fatma Ben Jemaa, Guy Pujolle, Michel Pariente. Towards Software- Based Carrier Wi-Fi Architecture for a Wider Range of Services. IEEE GLOBECOM 2015, Dec 2015, San Diego, CA, United States. pp.1-6, ⟨10.1109/GLOCOMW.2015.7414093⟩. ⟨hal-01331952⟩
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