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Analysis on the Evolution of Mobile Network Characteristics from NetBravo Dataset

Niculescu, Remus G. (2021) Analysis on the Evolution of Mobile Network Characteristics from NetBravo Dataset.

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Abstract:The rise of smart devices and the continuous increase of wireless data traffic usage triggered the development of technologies and infrastructures. This research analyses crowd-sourced open data provided by NetBravo from 2016 to 2021 in Europe to reveal how network features like speed, coverage, and channel occupancy improved. Also, this research compares different types of network connections (Wi-Fi and cellular) and different technology (Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz and cellular 2G/3G/4G) to find out similarities, differences and performance characteristics for each of them. Lastly, the data provides geospatial information that allows to make a country-wise analysis of network characteristics. Moreover, the research provides a different perspective that can be used by the European Commission, as well as other European governments and Mobile Network Operators, to track the progress towards their network performance goals. The best performing technology is cellular 4G, having twice as high download speed and 1.6x times the upload speed of the next best-performing technology. Also, the results have revealed that 75\% of Wi-Fi measurements fail to reach the -80dBm threshold for basic connectivity. Among countries, The Netherlands has the highest average download speed with 24.7 Mbps and the highest average upload speed with 12.4 Mbps.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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