Keywords : SDN
Engineering and Technology Journal,
2021, Volume 39, Issue 10, Pages 1481-1491
A huge traffic flow in the next generation network is anticipated due to the rising in number of users and the new services that need low end-to-end latency causing a large signaling load on the Core Network (CN). In order to mitigate this issue, many revolutionary architectures have been proposed to reduce this burden such as Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN). In this paper, a new C-RAN distributed core network architecture has been proposed by splitting some CN functions and grouping them into one location with Base Band Units (BBUs). As a measure of testing the proposed architectures and by using the MATLAB, the number of signaling messages processed by the control entities was analyzed. The evaluation results indicate a significant improvement if it have been compared to Long Term Evolution (LTE) architecture in terms of signaling load reduction, As the average signaling load was reduced by 46.04 percent in one of the proposed architectures when the number of user equipments increased.