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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a concept, which has attracted significant attention as a promising approach towards the virtualization/“softwarisation” of network infrastructures. With the aim of promoting NFV, this paper outlines an integrated architecture, designed and developed within the context of the EU FP7 T-NOVA project,(More)
This paper proposes a routing protocol enriched with an assigning mechanism and a capacity-aware scheme, enabling for efficient data flow coordination and energy conservation, among networking nodes with heterogeneous radio spectrum availability in ad-hoc cognitive radio networks. The proposed assigning mechanism is able to effectively determine efficient(More)
The transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television (i.e. Digital Switchover — DSO) releases a significant amount of valuable spectrum (i.e. Digital Dividend), in UHF band. Digital Dividend will be available in the form of a “cleared spectrum” of contiguous channels, as well as in the form of “interleaved(More)
The convergence of different networking infrastructures and the integration of fixed, mobile and broadcasting technologies is the new era in telecommunications. This paper describes the design, implementation and testing of a network architecture able to integrate DVB-T broadcasting technology for the downlink with GSM and LMDS access technologies for the(More)
This paper elaborates on the design and implementation of a prototype system architecture enabling for TVWS exploitation by LTE Advanced systems, under the real time secondary spectrum market policy. It describes a centralised infrastructure-based cognitive radio network, where dynamic TVWS allocation among unlicensed systems is administrated by a spectrum(More)
—The paper presents an infrastructure-based cognitive radio network architecture that enables for TV white spaces exploitation, QoS provisioning and policy management, under the real time secondary spectrum market policy. It describes the configuration of a spectrum broker that coordinates the radio resource management process (RRM) among LTE secondary(More)
– The paper discusses the TV white spaces exploitation by a prototype centralised cognitive radio network architecture, under the real time secondary spectrum management scheme. Vital part of this architecture is a spectrum broker that coordinates the radio resources allocation process among secondary systems, as well as the transactions of spectrum trading(More)
The EU funded FP7 project T-NOVA, with the specific goal of accelerating the evolution of NFV, proposes an open architecture to provide Virtual Network Functions as a Service (VNFaaS), together with a dynamic, and flexible platform for the management of Network Services (NSs) composed by those Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). The proposed architecture(More)