Journal of Communications
The virtualization of wired networks and end computing systems has become one of the leading trends in networked Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems. In contrast relatively little virtualization has occurred in infrastructure based wireless networks, but the idea of virtualizing wireless access is gaining attention as it has the potential to improve spectrum utilization and perhaps create new services. In this paper, the authors survey the state of the current research in virtualizing wireless networks. They define and describe possible architectures, the issues, hurdles and trends towards implementation of wireless network virtualization.