Enable Advanced QoS-Aware Network Slicing in 5G Networks for Slice-Based Media Use Cases

Qi Wang*, Jose Alcaraz-Calero, Ruben Ricart-Sanchez, Maria Barros Weiss, Anastasius Gavras, Navid Nikaein, Xenofon Vasilakos, Bernini Giacomo, Giardina Pietro, Mark Roddy, Michael Healy, Paul Walsh, Thuy Truong, Zdravko Bozakov, Konstantinos Koutsopoulos, Pedro Neves, Cristian Patachia-Sultanoiu, Marius Iordache, Elena Oproiu, Imen Grida Ben YahiaCiriaco Angelo, Cosimo Zotti, Giuseppe Celozzi, Donal Morris, Ricardo Figueiredo, Dean Lorenz, Salvatore Spadaro, George Agapiou, Ana Aleixo, Cipriano Lomba

*Corresponding author for this work

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Media use cases for emergency services require mission-critical levels of reliability for the delivery of media-rich services, such as video streaming. With the upcoming deployment of the fifth generation (5G) networks, a wide variety of applications and services with heterogeneous performance requirements are expected to be supported, and any migration of mission-critical services to 5G networks presents significant challenges in the quality of service (QoS), for emergency service operators. This paper presents a novel SliceNet framework, based on advanced and customizable network slicing to address some of the highlighted challenges in migrating eHealth telemedicine services to 5G networks. An overview of the framework outlines the technical approaches in beyond the state-of-the-art network slicing. Subsequently, this paper emphasizes the design and prototyping of a media-centric eHealth use case, focusing on a set of innovative enablers toward achieving end-to-end QoS-aware network slicing capabilities, required by this demanding use case. Experimental results empirically validate the prototyped enablers and demonstrate the applicability of the proposed framework in such media-rich use cases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8667001
Pages (from-to)444-453
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Broadcasting
Issue number2
Early online date13 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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  • 5G
  • eHealth
  • media use case
  • network slicing
  • quality of service
  • verticals


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