Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 651–668 | Cite as

A Cross-System Approach for Multimedia Services with IP Multicast in 4G Networks

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Abstract

The increased demand for multimedia services by mobile end users in recent years have driven both Broadcast and Wireless Network operators to develop new systems and architectures for the deployment of such services. The proposed solutions are nonetheless limited either in terms of QoS or Capabilities to deliver new interactive services. This paper highlights strengths and drawbacks of the existing technologies in terms of QoS, Security and Mobility. In order to fill the gap between current solutions we propose a new architecture that builds itself on the synergies created by a heterogeneous network made of existing delivering technologies, such as 3GPP/MBMS and DVB, where services can be delivered to end-users in the most appropriate way for end-users and operators alike. A prototype implementation is further described.

Keywords

IP Multicast DVB MBMS Broadcast Mobility 

Acronyms

3GPP

3rd Generation Partnership Project

A4C

Authentication, Authorization, Accounting, Auditing and Charging

AR

Access Router

ASM

Any-source Multicast

BBC

British Broadcasting Company

BM-SC

Broadcast Multicast Service Center

BN

Broadcast Network

COPS

Common Open Policy Service

DMB

Digital Multimedia Broadcast

DRM

Digital Rights Management

DVB

Digital Video Broadcast

DVB-H

DVB Handheld

DVB-S

DVB Satelite

EDGE

Enhanced Data Rates for GM Evolution

FBU

Fast Binding Update

GERAN

GSM EDGE Radio Access Network

GGSN

Gateway GPRS Support Node

GPRS

General Packet Radio Service

HI

Handover Initiate

IETF

Internet Engineering Task Force

IN

Interaction Network

IPE

IP Encapsulator

ISP

Internet Service Provider

MBMS

Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service

M-CTX

Multicast Context Transfer

MLD

Multicast Listener Discovery

MPE

Multi-Protocol Encapsulation

MSKs

MBMS Service Keys

MT

Mobile Terminal

PDA

Portable Digital Assistants

PIM

Protocol Independent Multicast

PoA

Point of Attachment

QoS

Quality of Service

RAN

Radio Access Network

RP

Rendezvous Point

SB3G

Systems Beyond 3G

SEK

Session Encryption Key

SGSN

Serving GPRS Support Node

SI

Service Information

SM

Sparse Mode

SNMP

Simple Network Management Protocol

SPP

Service Provisioning Platform

SRTP

Secure Real Time Protocol

SSM

Source Specific Multicast

TEK

Transport Encryption Key

TV

Television

UDLR

UniDirectional Link Routing

UE

User Equipment

UTRAN

UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de TelecomunicaçõesUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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