Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 343–359 | Cite as

Medium Access Control for Integrated Multimedia Wireless Access with the Use of a Video Packet Discard Scheme

  • P. Koutsakis
  • M. Vafiadis


A well designed Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol for wireless networks should provide an efficient mechanism to share the limited bandwidth resources, and satisfy the diverse and usually contradictory Quality of Service (QoS) requirements of each traffic class. In this paper a new MAC protocol for next generation wireless communications is presented and investigated. The protocol uses a combined Packet Discard/Forward Error Correction scheme in order to efficiently integrate MPEG-4 videoconference packet traffic with voice, SMS data and web packet traffic over a noisy wireless channel of high capacity. Our scheme achieves high aggregate channel throughput in all cases of traffic load, while preserving the Quality of Service (QoS) requirements of each traffic type, and is shown to clearly outperform DPRMA, another efficient MAC protocol proposed in the literature for multimedia traffic integration over wireless networks.


wireless cellular communications multimedia integrated access MAC protocol wireless channel errors packet discard scheme 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Dept. of ElectronicsTechnological Educational Institute of CreteChaniaGreece

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