SCORSESE : The role of satellite in collaborative adaptive bitrate streaming services


The objectives of “The role of satellite in collaborative adaptive bitrate streaming services” are to:

  • Define integrated satellite-terrestrial video delivery scenarios using satellite for
    • Intra or inter-CDN access network
    • Providing connectivity for dual (satellite, terrestrial) homing UEs
  • Defining architectures for integrated network scenarios identifying key technological components used and the interfaces in-between.
  • Provide value creation perspectives and cost assessments for the integrated architectures.
  • Develop stand-alone and end-to-end proof of concepts to demonstrate the performance enhancements achieved by the integrated architectures.

Provide recommendations for development and standardization activities.


Several studies predict a rapid explosion of video data traffic in coming years. To forestall this situation, there has been a rapid build-up of technologies and tools. These technologies come in the form of next generation of codecs, multimedia delivery standards, new CDN and terrestrial network architectures, and new satellite technologies. But these technologies are being developed independently in disparate technology domains in the industry, academia, and standardization organizations. The key challenge in this project would be to identify and devise synergies among these among mentioned technologies to successfully combat the problem of video delivery.


This study would propose solutions that can enable Assured QoS (AQoS) video delivery to the users by exploiting the synergies of next generation content generation and delivery protocols, CDNs, terrestrial and satellite networks. These synergies will be exploited by proposing integrated satellite-terrestrial delivery scenarios. Such integrated scenarios will also result in fostering business expansion of its key players: content providers, CDN and network operators, and the satellite industry. This study also hopes to provide recommendation for development & standardization activities.


To achieve the above objectives, a detailed study will be conducted, and the outcome of this study is no less relevant than the key objectives themselves. This includes:

  • Study and analyse:
    • What are the future trends in services delivery? What are key service types, and their growth estimates?
    • What are the key technologies enabling future services?
      • Technologies related to the application layer (application, codecs, and delivery protocols)
      • Technologies related to underlying network (terrestrial, satellite)
      • CDN overlay technologies.

What are the key challenges in service delivery arising from issues resulting from the lack of proper collaborative services delivery infrastructure?


The project is organized in 7 main work packages:

  • WP1000 Deployment scenarios definition
    • Define deployment scenarios for collaborative video delivery
    • Identify relevant video services and corresponding service requirements
  • WP2000 Architecture definition and optimization
    • Define integrated satellite network architectures
    • Find optimized solutions for critical components and processes
  • WP3000 Validation framework definition
    • Identify and define standalone PoCs and the end-to-end PoCs
    • Real-time visualization of all key performance indicators
  • WP4000 Value creation and cost assessment
    • Investigate the value creation perspective
    • Assess in terms of CAPEX and OPEX
  • WP5000 PoC architecture definition and development
    • Software models developed
    • PoC installation instructions and user manuals
  • WP6000 System validation
    • Validation report and analyses containing all validation test outcomes
  • WP7000 Technology Development Roadmap

Future work recommendations, technology roadmap and standards evolution

Current status

The project began on 4th January 2016. The duration of this project is 2 years.

The first work package has been successfully completed.


Status date

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 08:01