Real-time bandwidth measurements over mobile connections
2011 (English)In: European transactions on telecommunications, ISSN 1124-318X, E-ISSN 1541-8251, Vol. 22, no 6, 255-267 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The first study that investigates the characteristics of received probe packets and the reliability of bandwidth estimates when actively measuring the available bandwidth over radio interfaces in mobile communication networks is presented. Knowledge of available bandwidth is very useful in various contexts, e. g. in network management and adaptive streaming applications. Bandwidth measuring tools have so far primarily been designed for and evaluated in wired networks. However, such tools should also be examined in wireless networks since the use of, e. g., mobile broadband is rapidly increasing. The properties of wired and wireless links differ substantially, which affect the performance of the tools. We have made active-probing experiments over a high-speed downlink shared channel, which is used for High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) in the mobile communication technology UMTS, and over a forward traffic channel in CDMA2000 1xEV-DO. Both experiments were performed over commercial networks. They show that one cannot always expect uniform per-packet processing over the radio channel in mobile networks, which is expected by many probing tools. This reduces the reliability of the available-bandwidth estimates, however we suggest how this can be handled. Finally, the mobile-network measurements are compared to experiments performed in an IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN, where the radio channel does not create the same packet-processing behaviour. We also discuss the possibility of using the probe traffic for the purpose of identifying the communication technology at the bottleneck of the network path, assumed this is a wireless broadband link, by mapping specifications of standardised communication technologies to observed probe-traffic characteristics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley and Sons , 2011. Vol. 22, no 6, 255-267 p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72823DOI: 10.1002/ett.1474ISI: 000297206500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-72823DiVA: diva2:462811