Mobility: a double-edged sword for HSPA networks

Tso, F.P., Teng, J., Jia, W. and Xuan, D. (2010) Mobility: a double-edged sword for HSPA networks. In: Mobihoc 2010, Chicago, IL, 20-24 Sept 2010,

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This paper presents an empirical study on the performance of mobile High Speed Packet Access (HSPA, a 3.5G cellular standard) networks in Hong Kong via extensive field tests. Our study, from the viewpoint of end users, covers virtually all possible mobile scenarios in urban areas, including subways, trains, off-shore ferries and city buses. We have confirmed that mobility has largely negative impacts on the performance of HSPA networks, as fast-changing wireless environment causes serious service deterioration or even interruption. Meanwhile our field experiment results have shown unexpected new findings and thereby exposed new features of the mobile HSPA networks, which contradict commonly held views. We surprisingly find out that mobility can improve fairness of bandwidth sharing among users and traffic flows. Also the triggering and final results of handoffs in mobile HSPA networks are unpredictable and often inappropriate, thus calling for fast reacting fallover mechanisms. We have conducted in-depth research to furnish detailed analysis and explanations to what we have observed. We conclude that mobility is a double-edged sword for HSPA networks. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first public report on a large scale empirical study on the performance of commercial mobile HSPA networks.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tso, Dr Fung Po
Authors: Tso, F.P., Teng, J., Jia, W., and Xuan, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of Mobihoc 2010
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission of the authors

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