User-Centric Networks Will Drive New Architectures


The average person today is surrounded by a cloud. Smartphones alone connect people to a wide array of content and services. Add the other devices they interact with in the office or in their connected home, and the concept of user-centric network (UCN), created and controlled by the user over networks selected by the user, has emerged.

…The definition of UCN has yet to be set in stone as it has slightly different meanings depending what angle you approach it, but in general, it consists of improving the user experience, independent of device, network, location, mobility conditions, and based on a wide range of context provided by the device and the user. What is certain is that UCN will have a broad and significant impact on new and existing networking architectures, both in terms of how they are developed and managed.

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