Objective Speech Quality Assessment Based on Payload Discrimination of Lost Packets for Cellular Phones in NGN Environment

Satoshi UEMURA  Norihiro FUKUMOTO  Hideaki YAMADA  Hajime NAKAMURA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E91-B   No.11   pp.3667-3676
Publication Date: 2008/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e91-b.11.3667
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network Management/Operation
voice quality,  QoE,  QoS,  NGN,  VoIP,  RTCP XR,  

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A feature of services provided in a Next Generation Network (NGN) is that the end-to-end quality is guaranteed. This is quite a challenging issue, given the considerable fluctuation in network conditions within a Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) network. Therefore, a novel approach, whereby a network node and a mobile terminal such as a cellular phone cooperate with each other to control service quality is essential. In order to achieve such cooperation, the mobile terminal needs to become more intelligent so it can estimate the service quality, including the user's perceptual quality, and notify the measurement result to the network node. Subsequently, the network node implements some kind of service control function, such as a resource and admission control function, based on the notification from the mobile terminal. In this paper, the role of the mobile terminal in such collaborative system is focused on. As a part of a QoS/QoE measurement system, we describe an objective speech quality assessment with payload discrimination of lost packets to measure the user's perceptual quality of VoIP. The proposed assessment is so simple that it can be implemented on a cellular phone. We therefore did this as part of the QoS/QoE measurement system. By using the implemented system, we can measure the user's perceptual quality of VoIP as well as the network QoS metrics, in terms of criteria such as packet loss rate, jitter and burstiness in real time.