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Telecom Software, Network Virtualization, and Software Defined Networks

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The key role software is increasingly playing in Telecommunications is enabling unprecedented levels of abstraction, disaggregation, and programmability in network infrastructures and services. This gave birth to the trend of “network softwarization” that advocates for network architectures that separate the software implementing network functions, protocols and services from the hardware running them.

Propelled by the maturity of technologies like network function virtualization, and software-defined networking, software-based networking is radically changing the way communication infrastructures are designed, programmed, integrated and operated. This enables rapid and innovative service creation with easy deployment, and opens the door for a faster pace of innovation in the networking and ICT industry.

Underpinning this global trend, this IEEE Communications Magazine Series aims at bringing together the latest advances, technical innovations, open source projects, research, and development in Telecom Software, Network Virtualization, and Software Defined Networks. Contributions from industry and academia are welcome. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts in all topics within the scope of this Series including, but not limited to, the following aspects of software-based networking:

  • Software-based network architectures/infrastructures, network slicing, network function virtualization, and service function chaining.
  • Network operating systems, network functions, interfaces, deployment and integration with software-based control, management and orchestration.
  • Programmability of data, control and management planes.
  • Performance measurements, evaluation and monitoring, validation and debugging.
  • Scalability, elasticity, resilience, maintainability.
  • Safety and security.
  • Experience reports from experimental testbeds, software-based networks standards, open-source projects and solutions.
  • New and emerging topics (e.g., end-to-end and multi-domain software-based networks; Artificial Intelligence-assisted networks; high precision network software, infrastructures and services with QoS guarantees).


Walter Cerroni
University of Bologna

Alex Galis
University College London
United Kingdom

Kohei Shiomoto
Tokyo City University

Mohamed Faten Zhani
École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS Montreal)