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The Next Generation Networks (NGNs) were proposed to provide ubiquitous access to multimedia services over the Internet. With the best effort nature of the Internet, the quality of real time multimedia services such as voice and video can rapidly degrade due to network impairments. In this paper, the authors propose a novel feedback-free Early VoIP Quality Adaptation Scheme (EVQAS) which can adapt voice send bit rate (e.g. Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec mode) automatically according to the buildup of queuing delay in the network. This differs from existing adaptation methods which adapt send bit rate according to either packet loss information or Perceived Quality of Service (PQoS) metrics (e.g. Mean Opinion Score (MOS)) derived from packet loss and delay.
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