4th International ICST Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities

Research Article

Empirical Evaluation of VoIP Aggregation over a Fixed WiMAX Testbed

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/tridentcom.2008.3140,
        author={Kostas Pentikousis and Esa Piri and Jarno Pinola and Frerk Fitzek and Tuomas Nissil\aa{} and Ilkka Harjula},
        title={Empirical Evaluation of VoIP Aggregation over a Fixed WiMAX Testbed},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks \& Communities},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={TRIDENTCOM},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Network Measurements WiMAX IEEE 802.16 WiMAX testbeds VoIP VoIP Aggregation G.723.1},
        doi={10.4108/tridentcom.2008.3140}
    }
    
  • Kostas Pentikousis
    Esa Piri
    Jarno Pinola
    Frerk Fitzek
    Tuomas Nissilä
    Ilkka Harjula
    Year: 2010
    Empirical Evaluation of VoIP Aggregation over a Fixed WiMAX Testbed
    TRIDENTCOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/tridentcom.2008.3140
Kostas Pentikousis1,*, Esa Piri1,*, Jarno Pinola1,*, Frerk Fitzek1,*, Tuomas Nissilä1,*, Ilkka Harjula1,*
  • 1: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Kaitoväylä 1, FI-90571 Oulu, FINLAND
*Contact email: kostas.pentikousis@vtt.fi, esa.piri@vtt.fi, jarno.pinola@vtt.fi, frerk.fitzek@vtt.fi, tuomas.nissilä@vtt.fi, ilkka.harjula@vtt.fi

Abstract

The WiMAX Reference Network Architecture can be used in point-to-point and point-to-multipoint network topologies, and is suitable for providing last-mile, building-to-building, and residential broadband connectivity. Another major application, and the main focus of this study, is the use of fixed WiMAX as backhaul for voice and data services. We evaluate voice over IP (VoIP) performance over a fixed WiMAX testbed and quantify the benefits from employing applicationand network-level aggregation. We examine such aggregation schemes using our fixed WiMAX testbed and report the results for both uplink and downlink. If we use objective mean opinion scores (MOS) as the main gauge of overall performance, application-layer aggregation appears to be the best scheme, allowing our fixed WiMAX testbed to sustain nearly three times more flows in the downlink and over two times more flows in the uplink than when no aggregation is used, at comparable MOS values.