​Network services

Software Defined Networking (SDN) ​and technologies such as Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Network as a Service (NaaS) offer national research and education networking (NREN) organisations the ability to overcome the limitations imposed by more traditional service provider technologies.


These technologies offer software-based and virtualisation features to increase the flexibility of network provision and offer user-friendly, custom service models to enable self-service network provision by end users.


This research is seeking to:

  • ​specify the architecture possibilities for selected future network services in the GÉANT–NREN context; 

  • extend the models of existing GÉANT services ​in order to bring services closer to users and enhance them with advanced control and management capabilities;

  • introduce novel service models to address the requirements of specialised applications and add value to the GÉANT service area; 

  • develop proof of concept models for a variety of use cases.​