Finished Project


Video distribution over MPLS networks supporting heterogeneous format environment

Project Coordinator Project Consortium
Antonio F. Gomez Skarmeta
University of Murcia
e-mail: skarmeta (at)
Quix, IL
Scopus, IL
Satec, ES
Telefonica I+D, ES
University of Murcia, ES

This is a “Celtic” project;

Project Key Information

Start date

End date Budget (total) Effort (total) Project-ID
January 2005 December 2006 3.7 MEuro 42.1 PY CP2-029


The converging ICT sector brings about changes and new opportunities in the Multimedia and Networking sector. Despite the economic downturn, Broadband Accesses are a growing market. Internet Service Providers, IP backbone carriers and Multimedia vendors recognise the impact and chances resulting from Media Content Creation, Transport and Distribution over Internet backbones and broadband access networks. VIDIOS develops, integrates and tests all parts of the “media chain” over wireless and wired broadband Internet access networks and Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbones. By applying application-oriented state-of-the-art technology, VIDIOS innovations create opportunities for maximising the investment returns of the capital starved telecommunication industry. Multimedia contents so far are produced and distributed across rather reliable and error free communication networks. VIDIOS designs and validates an architecture delivering end-to-end Quality of Service for multimedia transmissions across error prone networks such as Internet backbones and mobile access networks. MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding, combined with robust and scalable coding techniques are applied by VIDIOS for robust transport over an MPLS backbone. The MPLS backbone further protects the application stream by QoS based on already implemented standards. In a first step, an Internet Service Provider will simply invoke application agnostic network services while he delivers videos to the end users. In a second step, Bandwidth on Demand services are introduced enabling multimedia contribution and personal video-conferencing. All solutions will be demonstrated by VIDIOS using real production facilities to the utmost extent. VIDIOS is a serious contribution in keeping the European Multimedia ICT sector at the forefront of global development.

Focus areas
  • Design and deploy video streaming architecture suitable for WLAN and DSL
  • Develop advanced video communication and media chain products:
    – personal video conferencing and video contribution

Expected outcome
  • MPEG4 AVT video codecs for communication services in an IP/MPLS backbone,
  • IP/MPLS architecture with QoS support for video distribution, contribution and communication,
  • IP/MPLS/GMPLS signalling interfaces for BoD services for video distribution, contribution and communication
  • AAA for access to BoD services.

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