Introduction to 5G Network Engineering - Unit 7: Network Function Virtualization
An important part of the overall system is virtualisation and cloud techniques. This unit explores those concepts, highlighting the use of NFV (Network Function Virtualisation), and SDN (Software Defined Networking) – before bringing these together with the 5G architecture (and the capabilities that support a wide range of use-cases) through the concept of Networking Slicing.
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• Argue effectively for and against NFV and cloud principles – highlighting the major benefits to be realised as well as the main issues involved in deploying the relevant technologies
• Explain the purpose and operation of SDN and its relevance to 5G and other advanced communications networks
• Relate Network Slicing to the other relevant concepts and technologies that it supports, including use cases, NFV, SDN, Cloud, Quality of Service, and business agility