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Real-Time Video Adaptation in Virtualised 5G Networks

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An NFV-based video quality assessment method over 5G small cell networks
  • M.-A Kourtis
  • H Koumaras
  • G Xilouris
  • F Multimedia
Autonomic and Secure Computing; Pervasive Intelligence and Computing
  • Dependable
Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing; Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, Oct. 2015, pp. 1657-1662.