Seamless Multimedia Delivery Within a Heterogeneous Wireless Networks Environment: Are We There Yet?

Ramona Trestian, Ioan Sorin Comsa, Mehmet Fatih Tuysuz

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The increasing popularity of live video streaming from mobile devices, such as Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, Snapchat, etc. pressurizes the network operators to increase the capacity of their networks. However, a simple increase in system capacity will not be enough without considering the provisioning of quality of experience (QoE) as the basis for network control, customer loyalty, and retention rate and thus increase in network operators revenue. As QoE is gaining strong momentum especially with increasing users' quality expectations, the focus is now on proposing innovative solutions to enable QoE when delivering video content over heterogeneous wireless networks. In this context, this paper presents an overview of multimedia delivery solutions, identifies the problems and provides a comprehensive classification of related state-of-the-art approaches following three key directions: 1) adaptation; 2) energy efficiency; and 3) multipath content delivery. Discussions, challenges, and open issues on the seamless multimedia provisioning faced by the current and next generation of wireless networks are also provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-977
Number of pages33
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Issue number2
Early online date4 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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