Supporting mobility in an IMS-based P2P IPTV service: a Proactive Context Transfer mechanism

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Executive Summary

In recent years, IPTV has received an increasing amount of interest from the industry, commercial providers and the research community, alike. In this paper, standardization bodies, such as ETSI and ITU-T, are specifying the architecture of IPTV systems based on IP multicast. An interesting alternative to support the IPTV service delivery relies on the Peer-To-Peer (P2P) paradigm to distribute and push the streaming effort towards the network edge. However, while P2P IPTV was studied in fixed access technologies, there has been little attention paid to the implications arising in mobile environments. One of these involves the service handover when the user moves to a different network.

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