Multiparty Call Control at the Network Edge
Keywords:Next generation networking, Multi-access edge computing, Network function virtualization, Application programming interfaces
Network programmability is a key feature of fifth generation (5G) system which, in combination with cloud-based services, can support many use cases, including mission critical and healthcare communications. Programmability enables flexibility in customization of service connectivity. Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) services and applications are enablers for network programmability. In this paper, MEC capabilities for programmability of multiparty multimedia call control at the network edge are studied. Multiparty video calls are one of the key applications of 5G, and are efficient way to exchange ideas, knowledge, expertise, information, and so on. The paper presents an approach to design MEC Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which enable third party applications to create multiparty multimedia sessions and dynamically manage session participations. The API functionality is described by required information and message flows. The paper specifies the proposed MEC API with data model. Feasibility study includes modelling and formal validation of multiparty session state models supported by the network and mobile edge application. The latency injected by the API is evaluated by emulation.
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Grant numbers KP-06-H37/33