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Streaming Technology in 3G Mobile Communication Systems
September 2001 (vol. 34 no. 9)
pp. 46-52

Currently, three incompatible proprietary solutions—offered by RealNetworks, Microsoft, and Apple—dominate the Internet streaming software market. In the near future, third-generation mobile communication systems will extend the scope of today's Internet streaming solutions by introducing standardized streaming services that target the mobile user's specific needs.

3G systems will provide high-quality streamed Internet content to the rapidly growing mobile market. These systems will offer value-added applications as well, supported by an underlying network that combines streaming services with a range of unique mobile-specific services.

Mobile-application scenarios present many challenges, such as how to provide spectrum-efficient streaming services over varied radio-access networks to different types of end-user terminals. The authors assert that their standards-based Interactive Media platform—recently tested in several field trials—addresses these challenges by using an architecture that fits seamlessly into 3G mobile-communication systems. An integral part of this architecture is a streaming proxy, which acts on both the service and transport levels.

Citation:
Ingo Elsen, Frank Hartung, Uwe Horn, Markus Kampmann, Liliane Peters, "Streaming Technology in 3G Mobile Communication Systems," Computer, vol. 34, no. 9, pp. 46-52, Sept. 2001, doi:10.1109/2.947089
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