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Towards High Quality VoIP in 3G Networks - An Empirical Study

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4 Author(s)
Arjona, A. ; Nokia Siemens Networks, Espoo ; Westphal, C. ; Yla-Jaaski, A. ; Kristensson, M.

Third generation (3G) packet switched WCDMA networks with high-speed downlink packet access (HSPDA) are currently being deployed worldwide to provide wireless broadband connectivity. When introducing HSDPA in 3G networks the end user experience and system capacity with voice over IP applications improve considerably. When later on adding also high-speed packet uplink access (HSUPA), the system capacity and end user experience will improve even further. This paper analyzes with measurements the VoIP quality over current Release 5 HSDPA networks. The results show that even though the introduction of HSDPA significantly reduces the user-to-user voice delay, the performance is satisfactory only for selected devices, the overall end user experience is still significantly worse than with circuit switched solutions and not acceptable. The current limitations with VoIP in HSDPA networks with a too large delay can be improved by using the RLC UNACK mode, potentially decreasing the jitter buffer size and reducing the terminal processing delay. In the longer term, HSUPA and several features in 3GPP Release 7 standards will bring further performance improvements in both user plane latency and system capacity.

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Telecommunications, 2008. AICT '08. Fourth Advanced International Conference on

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8-13 June 2008