Improving mobile video quality through predictive channel quality based buffering

Jan Willem Kleinrouweler, Britta Meixner, Joost Bosman, Hans van den Berg, Rob van der Mei, Pablo Cesar

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Frequent variations in throughput make mobile networks a challenging environment for video streaming. Current video players deal with those variations by matching video quality to network throughput. However, this adaptation strategy results in frequent changes of video resolution and bitrate, which negatively impacts the users' streaming experience. Alternatively, keeping the video quality constant would improve the experience, but puts additional demand on the network. Downloading high quality content when channel quality is low requires additional resources, because data transfer efficiency is linked to channel quality. In this paper, we present a predictive Channel Quality based Buffering Strategy (CQBS) that lets the video buffer grow when channel quality is good, and relies on this buffer when channel quality decreases. Our strategy is the outcome of a Markov Decision Process. The underlying Markov chain is conditioned on 377 real-world LTE channel quality traces that we have collected using an Android mobile application. With our strategy, mobile network providers can deliver constant quality video streams, using less network resources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th International Teletraffic Congress, ITC 2018
EditorsEitan Altman, Giuseppe Bianchi, Thomas Zinner
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9883045-5-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-6002-7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event30th International Teletraffic Congress, ITC 2018 - University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 4 Sept 20187 Sept 2018


Conference30th International Teletraffic Congress, ITC 2018
Abbreviated titleITC 2018


  • 5G Mobile Networks
  • Buffering strategy
  • HTTP Adaptive Streaming
  • Markov Decision Process
  • Video streaming


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