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The overall goal of this activity funded by the EIT ICT Labs is about accelerating the exploitation of SDN (Software Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) in order to produce business impacts (even in the short- medium term) at the edge of fixed networks (aggregation, access segments up to end Users premises) and in the access mobile networks (mobile backhaul and aggregation network). Specifically, the activity will address three objectives: i) defining SDN requirements, validation procedures and best practices in order to specify the framework to establish a Certification Center for Business Acceleration of SDN, ii) deploying field-trials to develop and validate three main SDN use-cases (for home GW, for edge virtual services and for reliability in mobile backhaul); iii) defining and testing new business models (e.g. typical of ecosystems) – very needed today - supporting the transition towards “Softwarization”. A highly distributed test-bed provided by Partners will be the experimental environment which attracts also SME and Users to implement and accelerate scenarios with real business impact (e.g. Internet of Things, Robot as a Service). 

Tinku Rasheed
European Commission EIT ICT Labs
01/2015 - 12/2015