Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Engineering (Research)


Electronic Engineering

First Advisor

Fergus O'Reilly


The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is the protocol of choice for establishing multimedia sessions in Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) networks as stated by 3GPP. SIP is a protocol that will merge together the cellular and Internet worlds and is also scalable, highly available and extensible. It enables mobile carriers to extend operations, administration, maintenance and provisioning (OAMP) in one application to all applications. In addition, while SIP permits presence. Instant Messaging, File Sharing etc., its ultimate value lies in seamlessly aggregating these applications in more powerful offerings, such as Multimedia Messaging, Push to Talk and Voice over IP.

Multimedia messages for person-to-person communication, in particular, will greatly enhance the messages users now routinely exchange via SMS and provide operators with new opportunities to offer new appealing services and generate additional revenue. As multimedia messages are not delivered in real time. File Transport Protocol will be used as the transport protocol. Synchronised Multimedia Integrated Language is then used to present the multimedia content to the recipient in a clear and consistent manner.

We aim to provide a SIP Based Multimedia Messaging Service that can be implemented over IP, GPRS and UMTS that both third part}' service providers and Telecom operators can provide and develop.

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