Virtualization Approach for Machine-Type Communications in Multi-RAT Environment
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Machine-type communications (MTC) represent a novel wireless communication paradigm that incorporates large number of devices and triggers several communication challenges. The MTC virtualization can overcome some of these challenges, provisioning decreased deployment costs, improved energy efficiency, improved coexistence with existing radio technologies, easy extensions of novel MTC technologies, etc. This paper discusses the virtualization approaches for MTC in a multi-RAT environment. The paper discusses the benefits and practical aspects of MTC virtualization, and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of the Docker and OpenStack virtualization frameworks. The evaluation of both virtualization frameworks is conducted on a novel virtualized multi-RAT cloud-based demo platform that incorporates three distinct MTC technologies (SigFox, Z-Wave and LTE-M).
KeywordsC-RAN MTC Virtualization Containerization Docker OpenStack
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