10 Next Generation Networking: Enabling Technologies, Architectures, and Performances

10.1 Introduction

In Chapters 8 and 9, we have reviewed what is a widely agreed view of the roadmap for the introduction of new generation control and management planes and of new generation transmission systems.

In both the cases, the evolution is directly pushed by telecommunication market requiring to increase the margin of the carriers via a decrease of the huge network operational costs (OPEX).

When the discussion moves toward network equipment and the data plane, the situation is different.

Not only is there no generally agreed view of the evolution of the data plane, but are also different proposals on the table, partly complementary and partly alternative. ...

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