AL-FEC for Streaming Services Over LTE Systems
The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), recently introduced the evolution of the Third Generation (3G) cellular networks, the Long Term Evolution (LTE) telecommunication system. A key aspect of LTE specifications is the enhancement of Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Services (MBMS), where the same content is transmitted to multiple users located in a specific service area. A significant point of the demanding multimedia services is the enhancement of the robustness against packet losses. To this direction, in order to support the efficient point-to-multipoint download and streaming delivery, 3GPP has included an Application Layer Forward Error Correction (AL-FEC) scheme in the MBMS standard.