A key outcome of the project is the design of an architecture and a set of functions to be adopted in the new releases of the 3GPP and IETF specifications. The proposed architecture should provide incremental changes to existing networks and give to mobile operators the necessary tools to deliver optimised video services at lower cost and reduced foot print computation. In line with this, the project aims at incubating innovative technologies that meet the business requirements identified by the mobile operators. As a result, the collaborative work conducted in the project, which involves manufacturers, Telco operators, business innovators and academia partners, will provide the following benefits:
- Telecom manufacturers will benefit from producing novel video distribution products that give them a strategic advantage with respect to the competitors while meeting their customer expectations.
- Service providers and operators will be able to identify their pain points and to propose innovative video services to increase their ARPU.
- Last but not least, end users will benefit from being able to choose and use a new range of video services for their everyday lives, work and leisure, ultimately leading to a better customer satisfaction and reduced churn rate.
MEDIEVAL Expected Final Results
The final results pursued by the project are listed as follows:
- The project will design a novel cross-layer architecture that supports the required needs for video traffic increase in mobile networks by integrated a set of functions at the different levels of the protocol stack.
- The project will perform multiple contributions to relevant standardisation bodies such as IETF, 3GPP and IEEE addressing both the mechanisms proposed within the project as well as their interaction.
- The project will provide multiple publications in prestigious scientific fora, covering both the project global architecture, as well as the techniques and mechanisms that are used in the different parts of the architecture.
- The project will implement an experimental testbed that includes the following functionality: the mobility architecture, LTE and WLAN mechanisms, native multicast, P2P with network support and intelligent caching, and will demonstrate the following video services on top of this testbed: Internet TV, Personal Broadcasting and Video on Demand. In addition, the testbed will be used to take measurements on video quality as well as supported video volume. The performance of these metrics (quality, volume and cost) will be compared against state of the art techniques.
- We expect that our technology will be able to improve the supported volume of video traffic while maintaining a good video quality as given by the Mean Opinion Score and reducing the cost of the underlying infrastructure as a result of using more efficient mechanisms for the video traffic transport.