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Multimedia application performance on a WiMAX network
Author(s): Emir Halepovic; Majid Ghaderi; Carey Williamson
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we use experimental measurements to study the performance of multimedia applications over a commercial IEEE 802.16 WiMAX network. Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and video streaming applications are tested. We observe that the WiMAX-based network solidly supports VoIP. The voice quality degradation compared to high-speed Ethernet is only moderate, despite higher packet loss and network delays. Despite different characteristics of the uplink and the downlink, call quality is comparable for both directions. On-demand video streaming performs well using UDP. Smooth playback of high-quality video/audio clips at aggregate rates exceeding 700 Kbps is achieved about 63% of the time, with low-quality playback periods observed only 7% of the time. Our results show that WiMAX networks can adequately support currently popular multimedia Internet applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7253, Multimedia Computing and Networking 2009, 725309 (19 January 2009);
Show Author Affiliations
Emir Halepovic, Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Majid Ghaderi, Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Carey Williamson, Univ. of Calgary (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7253:
Multimedia Computing and Networking 2009
Reza Rejaie; Ketan D. Mayer-Patel, Editor(s)

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