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Experience: An Open Platform for Experimentation with Commercial Mobile Broadband Networks

Alay, Ozgu and Lutu, Andra and Peón-Quirós, Miguel and Mancuso, Vincenzo and Hirsch, Thomas and Evensen, Kristian and Hansen, Audun and Alfredsson, Stefan and Karlsson, Jonas and Brunstrom, Anna and Safari Khatouni, Ali and Mellia, Marco and Ajmone Marsan, Marco (2017) Experience: An Open Platform for Experimentation with Commercial Mobile Broadband Networks. In: The 23rd Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom 2017), 16-20 October 2017, Snowbird, Utah, USA.

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Abstract

Open experimentation with operational Mobile Broadband (MBB) networks in the wild is currently a fundamental requirement of the research community in its endeavor to address the need of innovative solutions for mobile communications. Even more, there is a strong need for objective data about stability and performance of MBB (e.g., 3G/4G) networks, and for tools that rigorously and scientifically assess their status. In this paper, we introduce the MONROE measurement platform: an open access and flexible hardware-based platform for measurements and custom experimentation on operational MBB networks. The MONROE platform enables accurate, realistic and meaningful assessment of the performance and reliability of 11 MBB networks in Europe. We report on our experience designing, implementing and testing the solution we propose for the platform. We detail the challenges we overcame while build- ing and testing the MONROE testbed and argue our design and implementation choices accordingly. We describe and exemplify the capabilities of the platform and the wide variety of experiments that external users already perform using the system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Papers (Paper)
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Depositing User: Vincenzo Mancuso
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 07:40
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 07:40
URI: http://eprints.networks.imdea.org/id/eprint/1671

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