US Patent No. 10,075,540

NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION (NFV) HARDWARE TRUST IN DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS


Patent No. 10,075,540
Issue Date September 11, 2018
Title Network Function Virtualization (nfv) Hardware Trust In Data Communication Systems
Inventorship Arun Rajagopal, Leawood, KS (US)
Lyle Walter Paczkowski, Mission Hills, KS (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,075,540

1. A method of operating wireless User Equipment (UE) that comprises a Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) that has hardware-trusted circuitry to support a hardware-trusted wireless communication service, the method comprising:a Network Function Virtualization Management and Orchestration (NFV MANO) orchestrator executing in the hardware-trusted circuitry in the NFVI and responsively exchanging hardware trust data with a wireless communication network to maintain hardware-trust between the wireless UE and the wireless communication network;
the NFV MANO orchestrator executing in the hardware-trusted circuitry in the NFVI and responsively exchanging network operations data for the hardware-trusted wireless communication service with the wireless network over an Os-Nfvo link;
responsive to the exchange of the network operations data, the NFV MANO orchestrator exchanging network service data with the hardware-trusted circuitry in the NFVI over an Nf-Vi link to execute an NFV Virtual Network Function (VNF) to support the hardware-trusted wireless communication service; and
responsive to the exchange of the network service data, the hardware-trusted circuitry in the NFVI executing the NFV VNF to support the hardware-trusted wireless communication service.