|Thesis abstract: |
The Internet traffic is exploding by following an exponential growth. The telecommunication operators are struggling to face such unprecedented phenomenon. The telecommunication networks, especially the access and aggregation networks, need to evolve, and the research community is working hard
to develop novel technical solutions that can help to mitigate the performance, cost and energy issues caused by such traffic growth.
In this thesis we focus on three of the most promising technologies to achieve this goal: Fixed and Mobile Convergence (FMC), Distributed Content Delivery and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). We investigate benefits and technical challenges arising by their adoption. We also show that the joint adoption of FMC, Distributed Content Delivery and NFV principles in the access and aggregation network segments can consistently help in reducing costs and energy consumption without affecting performance.