Distributed Ledger Technologies for Network Slicing: A Survey

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dc.contributor.author Javed, Farhana
dc.contributor.author Antevski, Kiril
dc.contributor.author Mangues-Bafalluy, Josep
dc.contributor.author Giupponi, Lorenza
dc.contributor.author Bernardos Cano, Carlos Jesús
dc.date.accessioned 2022-03-02T11:22:22Z
dc.date.available 2022-03-02T11:22:22Z
dc.date.issued 2022-02-11
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation IEEE Access, (2022), v.10, pp.: 19412-19442.
dc.identifier.issn 2169-3536
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/34274
dc.description.abstract Network slicing is one of the fundamental tenets of Fifth Generation (5G)/Sixth Generation (6G) networks. Deploying slices requires end-to-end (E2E) control of services and the underlying resources in a network substrate featuring an increasing number of stakeholders. Beyond the technical difficulties this entails, there is a long list of administrative negotiations among parties that do not necessarily trust each other, which often requires costly manual processes, including the legal construction of neutral entities. In this context, Blockchain comes to the rescue by bringing its decentralized yet immutable and auditable lemdger, which has a high potential in the telco arena. In this sense, it may help to automate some of the above costly processes. There have been some proposals in this direction that are applied to various problems among different stakeholders. This paper aims at structuring this field of knowledge by, first, providing introductions to network slicing and blockchain technologies. Then, state-of-the-art is presented through a global architecture that aggregates the various proposals into a coherent whole while showing the motivation behind applying Blockchain and smart contracts to network slicing. And finally, some limitations of current work, future challenges and research directions are also presented.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported in part by the Spanish Formación Personal Investigador (FPI) under Grant PRE2018-086061, in part by the TRUE5G under Grant PID2019-108713RB-C52/AEI/10.13039/501100011033, and in part by the European Union (EU) H2020 The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5GPPP) 5Growth Project 856709.
dc.format.extent 10
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher IEEE
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Distributed ledger technologies
dc.subject.other Blockchain
dc.subject.other Network slicing
dc.subject.other Beyond 5G
dc.subject.other 6G
dc.subject.other Smart contracts
dc.title Distributed Ledger Technologies for Network Slicing: A Survey
dc.type article
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.subject.eciencia Telecomunicaciones
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3151150
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. PID2019-108713RB-C52
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. PRE2018-086061
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/85670/5Growth
dc.type.version publishedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 19412
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 19422
dc.identifier.publicationtitle IEEE Access
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 10
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000030295
dc.contributor.funder European Commission
dc.contributor.funder Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (España)
dc.contributor.funder Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (España)
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