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New consortium aims to find sustainable solution for streaming over 5G

It's hoped that the solution will enable multicast for 5G, allowing operators to take a greener approach to streaming

A new consortium of technology vendors has launched with the target of developing a high quality-of-experience (QoE) and sustainable video-streaming solution over 5G.

NESTED (New vidESTandards for Enhanced Delivery), is being led by ATEME in collaboration with Orange, and will look at the efficiency and sustainability of the streaming solution in real use cases over 5G.

Viaccess-Orca is contributing its secure video player, QoE analytics enabler suite and targeted advertising solution, and the project is also using ENENSYS Technologies’ MediaCast Mobile and its CubeAgent Mobile.

French institution IETR (Institut d’Electronique et des Technologies du numéRique), the research unit at French engineering school INSA Rennes, is providing a VVC decoder.

ATEME is also contributing its latest compression technology, the Just-in-time packager and its CDN.

The consortium will leverage the latest advances in video compression and delivery technologies, and their expected benefits in terms of reduced environmental impacts, among which:

  • CMAF chunk sharing to reduce the traffic burden on the CDN
  • The latest VVC video encoding with its promise of halving bitrates
  • Multicast/unicast convergence enabling peak audience reach

In addition, the consortium aims to highlight the benefits of an e2e pre-integrated, best of breed multicast ABR solution, notably in terms of QoE and personalised viewing experience.

It’s hoped that the solution will enable multicast for 5G, allowing operators to take a greener approach to streaming.

The two-year project is supported by France’s Brittany region (Région Bretagne), and is due to end in 2023, by which time the consortium says it is confident it will be able to demonstrate the benefits of its solution when it comes to offering sustainable streaming over 5G and reducing the environmental impact of delivering video.

Mickaël Raulet, chief technology officer at ATEME, commented: “We are proud that Orange has turned to us to help them achieve their sustainability goals. There is an ongoing debate about the environmental impact of streaming over 5G and this project will help to lessen that. It also highlights the innovation taking place within the French market and once completed, we look forward to helping other organisations around the world leverage that innovation through our new streaming solution.”