Towards an IP/GSE-Only Signalling Framework for DVB Transmission Systems

Nimbe L Ewald, Godred Fairhurst

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One of the most important challenges for next generation all-IP networks is the convergence and interaction of wireless and wired networks in a smooth and efficient manner. This challenge will need to be faced if broadcast networks are to converge with IP infrastructure. The 2nd generation of DVB standards support the generic stream, allowing the direct transmission of IP-based content using the Generic Stream Encapsulation (GSE), in addition to the native Transport Stream (TS). However, the current signalling framework is based on MPEG-2 Tables that rely upon the TS. This paper examines the feasibility of providing a GSE signalling framework, eliminating the need for the TS. The requirements and potential benefits of this new approach are described. It reviews prospective methods that may be suitable for network discovery and selection and analyses different options for the transport and syntax of this signalling metadata. It is anticipated that the design of a GSE-only signalling system will enable DVB networks to function as a part of the Internet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersonal Satellite Services
Subtitle of host publicationSecond International ICST Confernce, PSATS 2010, Rome, Italy, February 2010 Revised Selected Papers
EditorsKandeepan Sithamparanathan, Mario Marchese, Marina Ruggieri, Igor Bisio
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783642136184
ISBN (Print)9783642136177
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventSecond International ICST Conference on Personal Satellite Services - Sienna, Italy
Duration: 10 Sept 200910 Sept 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X


ConferenceSecond International ICST Conference on Personal Satellite Services


  • DVB-SI
  • GSE
  • DVB
  • IP signalling
  • MPEG-2 TS tables


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