5G Service Value Chain and Network Slicing Framework using Ecosystem Modeling, Agile Delivery, and User-Story Automation

Muhannad Ulama Alhuseini, Mohammed M. Olama
2019 IEEE Access  
The 5G technology allows telecommunication operators to provide services beyond data broadband for consumers, employing tailored use-cases for enterprise and vertical markets. As a result, there is an increasing need for a collaborative service development through a de-centralized value-chain, along with new business models and shorter time-to-market. In this paper, a novel, use-case driven framework for a modular 5G service design and delivery is proposed. The framework implements agile and
more » ... a-service principles to provide 5G use-case customers access not only to service usage, but also to design and operation. The framework integrates with the 3 rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) specifications by mapping network-slicing procedures to the designed ecosystem lifecycle operations. The framework allows for the any-technology deployment, utilizing the available foundations for domain-specific automation. A structured collaboration between a 5G operator and a use-case user allows for the customization and improvement of the targeted use-case, where 5G network assets are updated with customer's vertical components through programmable user-stories. Laboratory testing of a 5G network-slicing for a private-telephony and merchandise-tracking service is performed to validate the effectiveness of the proposed approach for real-world applications. INDEX TERMS 5G, network slicing, service modeling, ecosystem modeling, solution design, system integration, agile delivery, process planning, everything-as-a-service, value chain, telecom services. 110856 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. For more information, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ VOLUME 7, 2019
doi:10.1109/access.2019.2933193 fatcat:nsg3j2vg35g7faj7l347c5ycfy