Pricing 5G Network Slices Based on NFV MANO

Zhao Ru Chen, Fuchun Joseph Lin*, Chia Hsuan Yu, Wan Hsun Hu

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The pricing of 5G services is very challenging because all 5G network components are moving toward software-based Virtual Network Function (VNF) enabled by Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). As network slices are used to deliver 5G services, pricing 5G services requires a good understanding of resource usage by a 5G network slice so that the pricing can be done in a systematic and logical way. To assist telecom operators in designing reasonable pricing for 5G services, we proposed a pricing procedure based on Network Service Descriptor (NSD) defined by ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group in our previous research. An NSD includes the descriptors of many constituent objects for the deployment of a 5G network slice. It has complex references between objects from different levels. Analyzing NSD manually to price the resource usage by a network slice is a complicated process. We convert the manual analysis developed before into a computer-aided 5GSlicePricingTool. Moreover, we apply the tool to price V2X services to illustrate the feasibility of pricing 5G slices with more automation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Future Technologies Conference, FTC 2021, Volume 3
EditorsKohei Arai
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030899110
StatePublished - 2022
Event6th Future Technologies Conference, FTC 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 28 Oct 202129 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume360 LNNS
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference6th Future Technologies Conference, FTC 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • 5G services
  • Network service descriptor
  • Network slice
  • Pricing


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