Call for Chapters (WILEY Publishers)

Software Defined Mobile Networks (SDMN): Beyond LTE Network Architecture 

We would like to bring your attention to the edited book on "Software Defined Mobile Networks (SDMN): Beyond LTE Network Architecture". This book would be published by WILEY Publishers  and it is anticipated to be in print by late 2014 tentatively. We kindly request you to contribute chapters for the book based on your research area.


Madhusanka Liyanage  (Centre for Wireless Communication, University of Oulu, Finland)

Andrei Gurtov  (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Aalto University, Finland)

Mika Yliantilla  (Centre for Internet Excellence, University of Oulu, Finland)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: 21st March 2014 (closed)
Full Chapters Due: 1st June 2014 


Mobile data traffic is expected to grow faster than the fixed Internet for the coming years and future mobile networks must be scaled to accommodate the expected traffic growth. In order to keep with the traffic growth, mobile networks have not only to go through architecture processes to optimize the current resources but also to add new components/technologies which increase the capacity. However, mobile backhaul networks contain remarkably complex and inflexible devices.

 On these grounds, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is one of the promising technologies which is expected to solve these limitations in current mobile networks. SDN provides the required improvements in flexibility, scalability and performance to adapt the mobile network to keep up with the expected growth. Software-defined mobile networking (SDMN) is directing the current mobile network toward a flow-centric model that employs inexpensive hardware and a logically centralized controller. SDN enables the separation of data forwarding plane from the control planes. The SDN-enabled switches, routers and gateways are controlled through an SDN controller/network operating system, and are seen as virtual resources. The control plane of the mobile networking elements can be deployed onto an operator cloud for computing.

 In this paradigm, each operator has the flexibility to develop his own networking concepts, optimize his network and address specific needs of his subscribers. Furthermore, software-programmable network switches in SDMN use modern agile programming methodologies. These software methodologies can be developed, enhanced, and upgraded at much shorter cycles than the development of today’s state-of-the-art mobile backhaul network devices.

 The acquisition of virtualization into LTE mobile networks brings the economical advantage in two ways.  Frist, SDMN requires inexpensive hardware such as commodity servers and switches instead of expensive mobile backhaul gateway devices. Second, the introduction of SDN technology to mobile networks allows entering new actors in the mobile network ecosystem such as ISV (Independent software vendor), cloud providers, ISP (Internet Service Providers) and that will change the business model of mobile networks.

Objective of the Book

The main objective of this book is to provide the cutting-edge knowledge in areas like network virtualization and SDN concepts relevant to next generation mobile networks. This book project will present the concept of a Software Defined Mobile Network (SDMN) which would change the network architecture of the current LTE (3GPP) networks. SDN will also open up new opportunities for traffic, resource and mobility management, as well as impose new challenges on network security.  It is also foreseen that the investments in the network and operational costs would change.  Therefore, this book project will address these main affecting areas such as traffic, resource and mobility management, virtualized traffics transportation, network management, network security and techno economic concepts. Moreover, the complete introduction to SDN and SDMN concepts will be included in the introduction section of the book.

In a nutshell, this book project will provide an insight into the feasibility and opportunities of SDMN concept, as well as evaluate the limits of performance and scalability of the new technologies applied on mobile broadband networks.

Target Audience

The book will be interesting for Industry/ SMEs to design new telecommunication devices, network engineers implementing new technologies in the operator network, researchers working in the area of next-generation mobile network, and students working on Master or Doctoral theses in the area of network security, mobility management, and Techno-economics.

This book will provide a cutting-edge knowledge in areas like network virtualization and SDN concepts relevant for next generation mobile networks. This helps Industry/ SMEs  to create innovative solutions based on the research results in this book. It can be transferred to their products enabling the company to maintain its competitiveness in the challenging telecommunication market. The Network operators can gain knowledge on latest network concepts such as SDN and virtualization. Also they can foresee the advantages of SDMN concept in terms of cost savings, scalability, flexibility and security. The new possibilities of SDMN concept can help operators to cope with the increased cost pressure and competition.

 Finally, this book will facilitate the transfer of up-to-date telecommunication knowledge to university students and young researchers in research Institutes, Universities etc. Furthermore, the book will provide a complete introduction for SDMN concept for fresh researchers in the field. On the other hand, the book includes an overview of several research areas such as virtualized transport/network management, traffic, resource and mobility management, mobile network security and techno economic modeling.

Publishing and Indexing:

This book is scheduled to be published by WILEY Publishers. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit WILEY Publishers . This publication is anticipated to be released in late 2014. 

Publication Cost to Authors:

Free of charge 

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):

Madhusanka Liyanage
Research Scientist,
Centre for Wireless Communication,
University of Oulu,


Available for Pre-order @ Amazon (ISBN-13: 978-1118900284)

Call for Chapters - Important Dates

1st  of  June      2014:                   Full Chapter Submission

1st  of July        2014:                   Review Results Returned

1st of  August  2014:                    Final Chapter Submission

March 2015                    First Release of the book

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) Concepts
    • Evolution of SDN
    • History of SDN
    • SDN Controllers, Network Programmability 
    • SDN Working Groups/ Research Communities
    • SDN Applications
  • Mobile Networking Concepts
    • Evolution of Mobile Networks
    • Limitations in current mobile technologies
    • Requirement in future mobile networks
    • Beyond LTE network architectures
  • Software Defined Mobile Networks (SDMN)
  • SDMN Architectures  and Network implementation
    • State of the art in Software Defined Networks              
    • Architectural options for Software Defined Mobile Networks
    • Requirements and Scenarios in Software Defined Mobile Networks
    • Implementation and validation aspects of SDMN
    • Mobile Network Optimized SDN Controller Functionality; SDMN controller
    • Standardization aspects of SDMN
    • Validation setup and open source solutions of SDMN
    • Traffic Transport and Network Management aspects of SDMN
  • Network  virtualization and Virtualized traffic transport Technologies
    • Optimization of Traffic Transportation
    • Scalability of SDMNs
  • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
  • Mobile Peer-to-Peer Services
  • Mobile Cloud Services
  • Traffic, Resource and Mobility Management  aspects
    • Mobility Management
    • Resource selection and Management
    • Microscopic/Macroscopic Traffic Management
    • Application supported traffic Management
    • Optimization of traffic and resource management
  • Security aspects of SDMNs
    • State of the art in Security challenges in future mobile architectures
    • Economically viable security techniques for mobile networks 
    • Secure Mobile Network services
    • Security Management in SDMN
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR) Networks
    • Introduction to SDRN
    • Integration aspect of SDRN to SDMN
    • SDN based interference management
    • Virtualized Radio Resource Management
  • Techno-economic aspects 
    • State of the art in techno-economic modeling of SDMN
    • Business Cases in virtualized Mobile Network Environments

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. 

Full chapters are expected to be submitted by 1st of June, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Please send your proposal and chapter to 

Manuscript guidelines:

Refer to the link shown: Click here. The preparation of manuscripts submitted for the book must be original and not previously published elsewhere or currently under review. Expected chapter length is between 8,000 to 15,000 words or more (or can be discussed with the editors). 

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