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Packet Loss Characteristics of IPTV-like Traffic on Residential Links

Martin Ellis will present our paper on Packet Loss Characteristics of IPTV-like Traffic on Residential Links at the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference in Las Vegas, NV, USA, on 10 January 2010.

Packet loss is one of the principal threats to quality of experience for IPTV systems. However, the packet loss characteristics of the residential access networks which carry IPTV are not widely understood. We present packet level measurements of streaming IPTV-like traffic over four residential access links, and describe the extent and nature of packet loss we encountered. We discuss the likely impact of these losses for IPTV traffic, and outline steps which can ameliorate this.

The packet traces referenced in this paper are available as ccnc-2010-eivt-data.tar.gz (246 MBytes; MD5 2a3e431e4114005c4ae7f1342b24920b). This archive contains the original trace files logged by our measurement tools, compressed using crtpdumpz, and traceroute output for each trace (with IP addresses and hostnames anonymised).

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