On accelerating content delivery in mobile networks

Tao Han, Nirwan Ansari, Mingquan Wu, Heather Yu

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Owing to the imminent fixed mobile convergence, Internet applications are frequently accessed through mobile devices. Given limited bandwidth and unreliable wireless channels, content delivery in mobile networks usually experiences long delay. To accelerate content delivery in mobile networks, many solutions have been proposed. In this paper, we present a comprehensive survey of most relevant research activities for content delivery acceleration in mobile networks. We first investigate the live network measurements, and identify the network obstacles that dominate the content delivery delays. Then, we classify existing content delivery acceleration solutions in mobile networks into three categories: mobile system evolution, content and network optimization, and mobile data offloading, and provide an overview of available solutions in each category. Finally, we survey the content delivery acceleration solutions tailored for web content delivery and multimedia delivery. For web content delivery acceleration, we overview existing web content delivery systems and summarize their features. For multimedia delivery acceleration, we focus on accelerating HTTP-based adaptive streaming while briefly review other multimedia delivery acceleration solutions. This paper presents a timely survey on content delivery acceleration in mobile networks, and provides a comprehensive reference for further research in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6336688
Pages (from-to)1314-1333
Number of pages20
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Content delivery acceleration
  • content adaptation and optimization
  • mobile data offloading
  • mobile networks optimization
  • mobile system evolution


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