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1. WO2016083837 - COORDINATION DES RÉSEAUX DE TÉLÉCOMMUNICATIONS

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CLAIMS

1 . A system for coordinating a plurality of telecommunications networks, the system comprising:

a first network orchestrator of a first telecommunications network; and a second network orchestrator of a second telecommunications network;

wherein

the plurality of telecommunications networks is described using a data model that is readable by the first and second network orchestrators and that is capable of representing connectedness and one or more of capacity and demands for service on the networks,

the first network orchestrator is configured to transmit a first request expressed in terms of the data model for network resources to the second network orchestrator, and

the second network orchestrator is configured to receive the first request for network resources, automatically determine that the requested network resources can be provided, and automatically transmit to the first network orchestrator a confirmation expressed in terms of the data model that the network resources of the first request can be provided.

2. A system according to claim 1 , wherein at least two of the telecommunications networks are different types of telecommunications networks.

3. A system according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the data model comprises a data-driven network model for describing a telecommunications network.

4. A system according to claim 3, wherein the data-driven network model comprises vectors and/or matrices for describing properties of the network.

5. A system according to claim 4, wherein the data-driven network model comprises a description of network connectedness defined in terms of a connectedness matrix of unidirectional link identification by node identification in which matrix cells are populated by binary values.

6. A system according to claim 4 or 5, wherein the data-driven network model comprises a description of network cost defined in terms of a cost of links matrix of unidirectional link identification by cost in which matrix cells are populated by cost values.

7. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the data model comprises a data-driven capacity model for describing capacity of a telecommunications network.

8. A system according to claim 7, wherein the data-driven capacity model comprises a description of network capacity defined in terms of a capacity matrix of unidirectional link identification by bandwidth in which matrix cells are populated by bandwidth values.

9. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the data model comprises a data-driven service model for describing service demands on a telecommunications network.

10. A system according to claim 9, wherein the data-driven service model comprises a description of demands for service defined in terms of a demand matrix of start node identification by destination node identification in which matrix cells are populated by bandwidth values.

1 1. A system according to claim 10, wherein the second network orchestrator is configured to determine that the requested network resources can be provided by testing a network configuration based on the demand matrix.

12. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the orchestrators are components of a global orchestrator implemented in computer apparatus.

13. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the first request for network resources comprises a request for connectivity between the first telecommunications network and the second telecommunications network.

14. A system according to claim 13, wherein the request for connectivity indicates a minimum bandwidth requirement.

15. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the first request for network resources comprises a request for data transit resources in the second telecommunications network.

16. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the first request for network resources comprises a request for data storage resources in the second telecommunications network.

17. A system according to claim 16, wherein the data storage resources comprise data centre resources.

18. A system according to claim 16, wherein the data storage resources comprise a virtual data centre.

19. A system according to claim 16, wherein the data storage resources comprise a virtual cache.

20. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the confirmation comprises an indication of how the network resources of the first request will be provided.

21. A system according to claim 20, wherein the indication defines how connectivity between the first telecommunications network and the second telecommunications network will be arranged.

22. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the first request for network resources is based on the first network orchestrator determining an optimum mode of operation of the first telecommunications network.

23. A system according to claim 22, wherein the determining an optimum mode of operation comprises:

monitoring utilisation of the first telecommunications network;

determining that the first telecommunications network could be used more efficiently; and determining a more efficient mode of operation of the first telecommunications network.

24. A system according to any preceding claim, comprising:

a third network orchestrator of a third telecommunications network, wherein the second network orchestrator is configured to transmit a second request for network resources to the third network orchestrator.

25. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the first telecommunications network is an access network and the second telecommunications network is a core network, and the connectivity comprises connectivity for backhaul of data from the access network to the core network.

26. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the first network orchestrator is configured to create a virtual data centre from network resources of the first telecommunications network for storing data before backhaul.

27. A system according to any of claims 1 to 24, wherein the first telecommunications network is a core network and the second telecommunications network is an access network, and the first request for network resources comprises a request for data storage resources in the second telecommunications network for facilitating distribution of data to end-consumers.

28. A system according to any preceding claim, wherein the one or more requests for network resources are for broadcasting media coverage of an event to viewers globally.

29. A system according to any preceding claim, configured to automatically transmit data through the networks based on the confirmation.

30. An orchestrator of a telecommunications network, the orchestrator being configured to: transmit a request for network resources to an orchestrator of another telecommunications network;

receive from the orchestrator of the other telecommunications network a confirmation that the network resources of the request can be provided; and

automatically control one or more components of the telecommunications network for transmitting data through the networks based on the confirmation.

31. An orchestrator of a telecommunications network, the orchestrator being configured to:

receive a request for network resources from an orchestrator of another telecommunications network;

automatically determine that the requested network resources can be provided; automatically transmit to the orchestrator of the other telecommunications network a confirmation that the network resources of the request can be provided; and

automatically control one or more components of the telecommunications network for transmitting data through the networks based on the confirmation.

32. A method of coordinating a plurality of telecommunications networks, the method comprising:

a first network orchestrator of a first telecommunications network transmitting a first request expressed in terms of a data model for network resources to a second network orchestrator of a second telecommunications network;

the second network orchestrator receiving the first request for network resources and automatically determining that the requested network resources can be provided;

the second network orchestrator automatically transmitting to the first network orchestrator a confirmation expressed in terms of the data model that the network resources of the first request can be provided,

wherein the data model describes the plurality of telecommunications networks and is readable by the first and second orchestrators and is capable of representing connectedness and one or more of capacity and demands for service on the networks.

33. A method according to claim 32, wherein at least two of the telecommunications networks are different types of telecommunications networks.

34. A method according to claim 32 or 33, wherein the data model comprises a data-driven network model for describing a telecommunications network.

35. A method according to claim 34, wherein the data-driven network model comprises vectors and/or matrices for describing properties of the network.

36. A method according to claim 35, wherein the data-driven network model comprises description of network connectedness defined in terms of a connectedness matrix

unidirectional link identification by node identification in which matrix cells are populated by binary values.

37. A method according to claim 35 or 36, wherein the data-driven network model comprises a description of network cost defined in terms of a cost of links matrix of unidirectional link identification by cost in which matrix cells are populated by cost values.

38. A method according to any of claims 32 to 37, wherein the data model comprises a data-driven capacity model for describing capacity of a telecommunications network.

39. A method according to claim 38, wherein the data-driven capacity model comprises a description of network capacity defined in terms of a capacity matrix of unidirectional link identification by bandwidth in which matrix cells are populated by bandwidth values.

40. A method according to any of claims 32 to 39, wherein the data model comprises a data-driven service model for describing service demands on a telecommunications network.

41. A method according to claim 40, wherein the data-driven service model comprises a description of demands for service defined in terms of a demand matrix of start node identification by destination node identification in which matrix cells are populated by bandwidth values.

42. A method according to claim 41 , wherein determining that the requested network resources can be provided comprises testing a network configuration based on the demand matrix.

43. A method according to any of claims 32 to 42, wherein the orchestrators are components of a global orchestrator implemented a computer apparatus.

44. A method according to any of claims 32 to 43, wherein the first request for network resources comprises a request for connectivity between the first telecommunications network and the second telecommunications network.

45. A method according to claim 44, wherein the request for connectivity indicates a minimum bandwidth requirement.

46. A method according to any of claims 32 to 46, wherein the first request for network resources comprises a request for data transit resources in the second telecommunications network.

47. A method according to any of claims 32 to 46, wherein the first request for network resources comprises a request for data storage resources in the second telecommunications network.

48. A method according to claim 47, wherein the data storage resources comprise data centre resources.

49. A method according to claim 47, wherein the data storage resources comprise a virtual data centre.

50. A method according to claim 47, wherein the data storage resources comprise a virtual cache.

51. A method according to any of claims 32 to 50, wherein the confirmation comprises an indication of how the network resources of the first request will be provided.

52. A method according to claim 51 , wherein the indication defines how connectivity between the first telecommunications network and the second telecommunications network will be arranged.

53. A method according to any of claims 32 to 52, wherein the first request for network resources is based on the first network orchestrator determining an optimum mode of operation of the first telecommunications network.

54. A method according to claim 53, wherein the determining an optimum mode of operation comprises:

monitoring utilisation of the first telecommunications network;

determining that the first telecommunications network could be used more efficiently; and determining a more efficient mode of operation of the first telecommunications network.

55. A method according to any of claims 32 to 54, comprising:

a third network orchestrator of a third telecommunications network, wherein the second network orchestrator is configured to transmit a second request for network resources to the third network orchestrator.

56. A method according to any of claims 32 to 55, wherein the first telecommunications network is an access network and the second telecommunications network is a core network, and the connectivity comprises connectivity for backhaul of data from the access network to the core network.

57. A method according to any of claims 32 to 56, wherein the first network orchestrator is configured to create a virtual data centre from network resources of the first telecommunications network for storing data before backhaul.

58. A method according to any of claims 32 to 55, wherein the first telecommunications network is a core network and the second telecommunications network is an access network, and the first request for network resources comprises a request for data storage resources in the second telecommunications network for facilitating distribution of data to end-consumers.

59. A method according to any of claims 32 to 58, wherein the one or more requests for network resources are for broadcasting media coverage of an event to viewers globally.

60. A method according to any of claims 32 to 59, comprising automatically transmitting data through the networks based on the confirmation.

61. Computer program code which when run on a computer causes the computer to perform a method according to any of claims 32 to 60.

62. A carrier medium carrying computer readable code which when run on a computer causes the computer to perform a method according to any of claims 32 to 60.

63. A computer program product comprising computer readable code according to claim 61.

64. An integrated circuit configured to perform a method according to any of claims 32 to 60.

65. An article of manufacture for detecting a selected mode of household use, the article comprising:

a machine-readable storage medium; and

executable program instructions embodied in the machine readable storage medium that when executed by a programmable system causes the system to perform a method according to any of claims 32 to 60.

66. A device for detecting a selected mode of household use, the device comprising:

a machine-readable storage medium; and

executable program instructions embodied in the machine readable storage medium that when executed by a programmable system causes the system to perform a method according to any of claims 32 to 60.

67. A method of a first orchestrator of a first telecommunications network coordinating use of the first telecommunications network with use of a second telecommunications network, the method comprising:

the first orchestrator transmitting a request for network resources to an orchestrator of the second telecommunications network;

the first orchestrator receiving from the orchestrator of the second telecommunications network a confirmation that the requested network resources can be provided; and

the first orchestrator automatically controlling one or more components of the telecommunications network for transmitting data through the networks based on the confirmation.

68. A method of a first orchestrator of a first telecommunications network coordinating use of the first telecommunications network with use of a second telecommunications network, the method comprising:

the first orchestrator receiving a request for network resources from an orchestrator of the second telecommunications network;

the first orchestrator determining that the requested network resources can be provided;

the first orchestrator transmitting to the orchestrator of the second telecommunications network a confirmation that the requested network resources can be provided; and

the first orchestrator automatically controlling one or more components of the telecommunications network for transmitting data through the networks based on the confirmation.