Quality of Experience driven Network Performance Criteria for Telecommunication Traffic TypesPublished online: Jul 25, 2019
A common reason for changing the chosen service provider is the users’ perception of service. Quality of Experience (QoE) describes the end user’s perception of service while using it. A frequent cause of QoE degradation is inadequate traffic routing, where, other than throughput, selected routes do not satisfy minimum network requirements for the given service or services. In order to enable QoE-driven routing, per traffic type defined routing criteria are required. Our goal was to obtain those criteria for relevant services of a telecom operator. For the purpose of identifying services of interest, we first provide short results of user traffic analysis within the telecom operator network. Next, our work presents testbed measurements which explore the impact of packet loss and delay on user QoE for video, voice, and management traffic. For video services, we investigated separately multicast delivery, unicast HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), and unicast Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) traffic. Applying a threshold to QoE values, from the measured dependencies we extracted minimum network performance criteria for the investigated different types of traffic. Finally, we provide a comparison with results available in the literature on the topic.
KeywordsIP/MPLS routing, minimum network requirements, network performance criteria, network traffic measurements, Quality of Experience (QoE), Quality of Service (QoS), telecommunication services, traffic analysis
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