NEC has developed a new technology that can estimate the transmission speed of internet and mobile network communications, while consuming significantly less bandwidth in the testing phase.
In order to provide quality rich-media services for users, content providers and carriers are required to maintain detailed control of data transmission and adjust traffic volumes based on the transmission speeds measured just before data distribution. However, conventional methods for doing this not only require high capacity data transmission, but also take a long time and place a heavy load on the network.
According to NEC’s Motoo Nishihara, the new technology estimates transmission speeds in “less than one second using just ten kilobytes of data.” This in turn enables companies to monitor variations in communications speeds in order to “optimize the size of their transmission data, enabling the delivery of uninterrupted, stable video and high-quality IP phone services.”
Finally — and this is the part which we care about — this gives carriers and content providers the ability to provide these technologies as an application, enabling mobile users to view variations in communications speed in real-time.
Going forward, NEC said that it will promote the adoption of this technology by network monitoring systems and servers.