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Perceptual Evaluation of Playout Buffer Algorithm for Enhancing Perceived Quality of Voice Transmission Over IP Network

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Executive Summary

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has led human speech to a new level, where conversation across continents can be much cheaper & faster. However, as IP networks are not designed for real-time applications, the network impairments such as packet loss, jitter and delay have a severe impact on speech quality. The playout buffer at the receiver side is used to compensate jitter at a trade-off of delay and loss. The authors found the characteristics of delay and loss are dependent on IP network and sudden variable delay (spike) often performs both regular and irregular characteristics.

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