identifies opportunities for optimization of service quality and efficiency of Multimedia telephony over IP in a qualitative sense;
provides the basis for developing a set of optional backward-compatible tools implementing such optimizations.
The optimized multimedia telephony targets many different system configurations and operating conditions, e.g. GERAN, UTRAN, inter-working between GERAN, UTRAN, GAN, and different PLMNs. Of the various use cases for multimedia telephony, the main focus of this TR is on voice calls, but the focus also includes other core media components, such as video. In particular, areas with optimization opportunities include handling of degraded channels, delay jitter, packet losses, efficiency, inter-working with other voice systems, etc.
The scope includes proposing solutions that maintain backward compatibility in order to ensure seamless inter-working with existing services available in the CS domain, such as CS voice telephony and 3G-324M, as well as with terminals of earlier 3GPP releases. Alignment with legacy media formats avoids transcoding and even allows realizing at least parts of the optimization gains. All optimizations are hence based on the default codecs specified in TS 26.235
and TS 26.141
The optimizations identified in this TR address mainly. media transport and signalling. Most of the SIP signalling is out of scope and is handled by other 3GPP groups. Issues regarding registration to the network and/or to IMS at power-on or at other occurrences are not included either.
The optimization tools are not specified in this TR per se, but will be specified as amendments to existing (pre-Release 7) Technical Specifications (TS 26.235
and TS 26.236
) and possibly new Technical Specifications. Furthermore, a characterization of the optimized multimedia telephony over IMS will be available in a separate TR.