Realization of handover management in SDNized 3GPP architecture with protocol independent forwarding

Xuan Thuy Dang, Manzoor Ahmed Khan, Sebastian Peters, Tobias Dorsch

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Citations (Scopus)


The advent of SDN in mobile networks enables mobility management solutions with a flow-centric perspective. Based on SDN/NFV paradigms the softwarized data plane encourages new architectures for flexible mobile networks with autonomous adaptation and self-optimization capabilities. However, the inherent challenges of the SDN control plane such as scalability or protocol versioning issues are often neglected in those designs. In this work we demonstrate a possible transformation from the rather monolithic 3GPP architecture to a more flexible SDNized network by means of a vertical mobility management solution. We analyze restrictions of the current OpenFlow protocol and propose various extensions as enablers for an SDNized 3GPP architecture that addresses said control plane issues. Using the kernel Berkeley Packet Filter, we show a feasible realization of the extensions, which supports faster integration of novel flexible mobility management approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 Wireless Days, WD 2018
EditorsMario Gerla, Filip Idzikowski, Catherine Rosenberg, Megumi Kaneko, Stefano Secci, Adel Ben Mnaouer, Nadjib Achir
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538656327
Publication statusPublished - May 18 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Annual Wireless Days Conference, WD 2018 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Apr 3 2018Apr 5 2018

Publication series

NameIFIP Wireless Days
ISSN (Print)2156-9711
ISSN (Electronic)2156-972X


Conference10th Annual Wireless Days Conference, WD 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • 3GPP
  • Mobility Management
  • SDN
  • eBPF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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