Network Slicing in 5G: Survey and Challenges

Xenofon Foukas, Ahmed Elmokashfi, Georgios Patounas, Mahesh K. Marina

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5G is envisioned to be a multi-service network supporting a wide range of verticals with a diverse set of performance and service requirements. Slicing a single physical network into multiple isolated logical networks has emerged as a key to realizing this vision. This article is meant to act as a survey, the first to the authors’ knowledge, on this topic of prime interest. We begin by reviewing the state of the art on 5G network slicing and we present a framework for bringing together and discussing existing work in a holistic manner. Using this framework, we evaluate the maturity of current proposals and identify a number of open research questions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationIEEE Communications Magazine
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2017

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