The NESTED 5G project brings together French companies Orange, Viaccess-Orca, ENENSYS Technologies and IETR to develop an approach to energy-efficient video streaming over 5G.

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ATEME is leading NESTED (New vidEo STandards for Enhanced Delivery), a consortium that aims to develop a high quality-of-experience (QoE) and sustainable video-streaming solution over 5G.

The NESTED 5G project is headed by ATEME in collaboration with Orange, which tests the efficiency and sustainability of the NESTED streaming system in real use cases over 5G. The project brings together French companies Viaccess-Orca, contributing its secure video player, QoE analytics enabler suite and targeted advertising solution, and ENENSYS Technologies with its MediaCast Mobile and its CubeAgent Mobile.

French institution IETR (Institut d'Electronique et des Technologies du numéRique) and the research unit at French engineering school INSA Rennes also participate by providing a VVC decoder. In addition to leading the project, ATEME plays a critical role in bringing the new system to life with its latest compression technology, its Just-in-time packager and its CDN.

The consortium will take advantage of the recent advances in video compression and delivery technologies, and their expected benefits in terms of reduced environmental impacts. Among these are CMAF chunk sharing to reduce the traffic burden on the CDN, the most recent VVC video encoding with its ability to reduce bitrates, and multicast/unicast convergence to extend audience reach.

This collaboration will also domonstrate advantages of an end-to-end pre-integrated multicast ABR system, notably in terms of QoE and personalised viewing experiences. Ultimately, it will enable multicast for 5G, contributing to a greener approach to streaming.

Driven by Orange’s goal to distribute video and manage bandwidth efficiency and delivery over 5G, the system looks to increase the sustainability of streaming over 5G and to reduce broadcasting infrastructure costs for service providers while delivering the best quality of experience to viewers.

The two-year project, supported by France’s Brittany region (Région Bretagne), is due to end in 2023, by which time the consortium is confident it will be able to demonstrate the benefits of its approach when it comes to offering sustainable streaming over 5G and reducing the environmental impact of delivering video.

Mickaël Raulet, ATEME CTO, said, “We are proud that Orange has turned to us to help them achieve their sustainability goals. There is an ongoing debate about the environmental impact of streaming over 5G and this project will help to lessen that. It also highlights the innovation taking place within the French market and once completed, we look forward to helping other organisations around the world leverage that innovation through our new streaming solution.”

Julien Lemotheux, TV&Video Senior Standardization Manager, Orange, said, “The impact our actions have on the environment is front of mind for everyone within our organization. By working with the NESTED 5G taskforce, we hope to make streaming more sustainable, reducing our energy footprint and allowing our customers to enjoy high-quality content.”

“The reduction in environmental impact, together with the management of QoE and the provision of more personalized viewing experiences, are the determining factors for a sustainable future in video streaming; as an innovation leader, Viaccess-Orca is glad to contribute its unique expertise and technology enablers to help Orange and the other consortium partners explore innovative routes for video streaming,” said Alain Nochimowski, CTO at Viaccess-Orca.