An SDN/NFV Based Approach for Mobility Management in 5G Networks

  • N. OmheniEmail author
  • F. Zarai
  • B. Sadoun
  • M. S. Obaidat
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 947)


The Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) paradigms present new opportunities in the concept of cellular and wireless networks. The present chapter investigates the benefits of the emerging SDN and NFV technologies on the mobility management in such networks. The fast development has led to the emergence of extremely complicated systems, where a large number of logic modules must interact to lead to the desired behavior and the desired quality of service. The key advantage of SDNs is the simplicity of networking and the deployment of new mechanisms and applications. Furthermore, the programmable aspect on the traffic and devices in SDNs makes them more efficient and flexible than traditional networks. Network Functions Virtualization aims at answering these issues by removing networking functions from vendor-specific hardware appliances to a software accommodated on platform systems. In this context, Distributed Mobility Management (DMM) has been recently presented as a new trend to solve the issues of the today’s mobility management protocols. In this chapter, we propose a partially distributed Mobility Management for SDN/NFV networks. Simulation results demonstrate that, compared with conventional MM strategies, the proposed scheme guarantees an important reduction of the number of handover and the signaling cost.


Software-Defined Networking Network Functions Virtualization Distributed Mobility Management Proxy Mobile IPv6 Media Independent Handover OpenFlow SDN controller 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Omheni
    • 1
    Email author
  • F. Zarai
    • 1
  • B. Sadoun
    • 2
  • M. S. Obaidat
    • 3
  1. 1.New Technologies and Telecommunications Systems Research Unit, ENET’COMSfaxTunisia
  2. 2.ECE Department, College of EngineeringAl-Balqa Applied UniversityAstanaJordan
  3. 3.Kazakhstan and King Abdullah II School of Information TechnologyAmmanJordan

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