Measurements of multicast television over IP

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Kashif Imran, Marco Mellia, Michela Meo
Title: Measurements of multicast television over IP
Conference name: 15th IEEE Workshop on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks
Year: 2007
Pagination: 30-35
ISBN: 978-1-4244-1099-6
Publisher: IEEE
City: New York, NY
ISI number: 000252105300006
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Telecommunication Systems (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för telekommunikationssystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: In this paper, we present measurement results collected from real traces on the network FastWeb, an ISP provider that is the main broadband telecommunication company in Italy. The network relies on a fully IP architecture and delivers to the user services such as data, VoIP and IP television over a single broadband connection. Our measurements, that are based on a passive measurement technique, focus on IP TeleVision (IPTV) multicast, that consists of 83 digital TV channels encoded using different MPEG-2 encoders. The results show that, depending on the encoder and based on the bitrate, flows can be classified as being: CBR, 2-VBR (i.e., two typical bitrate values) and VBR. Measurement of the packet loss, jitter and inter-packet gap show that, independently from the class, packet generation process of the flows can have various degrees of burstiness. Despite the packet level burstiness, average jitter is limited to few milliseconds and no packet loss was ever observed, showing that the quality of IPTV offered by FastWeb is excellent.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\General