A First Look at Media Conferencing Traffic in the Global Enterprise

  • Vijay Vasudevan
  • Sudipta Sengupta
  • Jin Li
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5448)


Many enterprise networks have grown far beyond a single large site to span tens to hundreds of branch offices across the globe, each connected over VPNs or leased lines. With the emergence of the globally-connected enterprise and the trend towards enterprise all-IP convergence, including transitioning the enterprise PBX to VoIP servers, IP-based audio/video conferencing for telepresence has challenged the notion that bandwidth is abundant in the enterprise. We take a first look at media conferencing traffic in the global enterprise and, by instrumenting measurement of call quality and network statistics, we quantify the impact on call quality for a range of factors in the enterprise, such as wired vs. wireless access, inter- vs. intra- branch office communication, QoS mechanisms like VLAN tagging and DiffServ DSCP marking, and VPN vs. public Internet access.


Packet Loss Packet Loss Rate Mean Opinion Score Bandwidth Utilization Audio Stream 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay Vasudevan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sudipta Sengupta
    • 2
  • Jin Li
    • 2
  1. 1.Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Microsoft ResearchRedmondUSA

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