A Cross-Layer Approach for an Efficient Delivery of TCP/RTP-based Multimedia Applications in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

Recent trends in the telecommunication industry have been moving toward the development of ubiquitous information systems, where the provision of a plethora of advanced multimedia services should be possible, regardless of time and space limitations. An efficient and seamless delivery of multimedia services over various types of wireless networks is still a challenging task. The underlying difficulty consists of the disparity in the bandwidth availability over each network type. Indeed, the fundamental challenge upon a handoff phenomenon in a heterogeneous wireless network consists of an efficient probing of the bandwidth availability of the new network, followed by a prompt adjustment of the data delivery rate.

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