Green Media: The Future of Wireless Multimedia Networks: Guest Editorial

M. Elkashlan, Z. Ma, Y. Wang, M. Guizani, L. Shu, G.K. Karagiannidis, Trung Q. Duong

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By 2015, with the proliferation of wireless multimedia applications and services (e.g., mobile TV, video on demand, online video repositories, immersive video interaction, peer to peer video streaming, and interactive video gaming), and any-time anywhere communication, the number of smartphones and tablets will exceed 6.5 billion as the most common web access devices. Data volumes in wireless multimedia data-intensive applications and mobile web services are projected to increase by a factor of 10 every five years, associated with a 20 percent increase in energy consumption, 80 percent of which is multimedia traffic related. In turn, multimedia energy consumption is rising at 16 percent per year, doubling every six years. It is estimated that energy costs alone account for as much as half of the annual operating expenditure. This has prompted concerted efforts by major operators to drastically reduce carbon emissions by up to 50 percent over the next 10 years. Clearly, there is an urgent need for new disruptive paradigms of green media to bridge the gap between wireless technologies and multimedia applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-12
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


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