Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Enabling Rural Connectivity with SDN

Shaddi Hasan, Yahel Ben David, Robert Colin Scott, Eric Brewer and Scott Shenker

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2012-201
October 3, 2012

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2012/EECS-2012-201.pdf

The Software-Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm is typically applied to data center and enterprise networks. We argue that SDN is also promising for rural wireless networks, especially those in developing regions. Operating a rural network in the developing world means coping with unpredictability, low profit margins, and resource constraints; the increased flexibility and simplified management that software-defined networks provide are a major benefit in this context. Network virtualization, also enabled by SDN, would allow rural networks to operate as infrastructure providers to existing ISPs, thus enabling cooperation rather than competition with powerful incumbent providers.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Hasan:EECS-2012-201,
    Author = {Hasan, Shaddi and Ben David, Yahel and Scott, Robert Colin and Brewer, Eric and Shenker, Scott},
    Title = {Enabling Rural Connectivity with SDN},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2012},
    Month = {Oct},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2012/EECS-2012-201.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2012-201},
    Abstract = {The Software-Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm is typically applied to data center and enterprise networks. We argue that SDN is also promising for rural wireless networks, especially those in developing regions. Operating a rural network in the developing world means coping with unpredictability, low profit margins, and resource constraints; the increased flexibility and simplified management that software-defined networks provide are a major benefit in this context. Network virtualization, also enabled by SDN, would allow rural networks to operate as infrastructure providers to existing ISPs, thus enabling cooperation rather than competition with powerful incumbent providers.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%A Ben David, Yahel
%A Scott, Robert Colin
%A Brewer, Eric
%A Shenker, Scott
%T Enabling Rural Connectivity with SDN
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2012
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