Measuring Mobile Broadband Networks in Europe
IMDEA Networks is the beneficiary of this project
  • Financed by: European Union. ICT Programme H2020
  • Duration: March 2015 to July 2018
  • Contact: Joerg WIDMER, Principal Investigator for IMDEA Networks
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There is a strong need for objective data about stability and performance of Mobile Broadband (MBB) networks, and for tools to rigorously and scientifically assess their performance. In particular, it is important to measure and understand the quality as experienced by the end user. Such information is very valuable for many parties including operators, regulators and policy makers, consumers and society at large, businesses whose services depend on MBB networks, researchers and innovators.

MONROE proposes to design, build and operate an open, European-scale, and flexible platform with multi-homing capabilities to run experiments on operational 3G/4G Mobile Broadband networks. One of the main objectives of MONROE is to use the platform for the identification of key MBB performance parameters, thus enabling accurate, realistic and meaningful monitoring and assessment of the performance of MBB networks. MONROE also provides Wi-Fi connectivity mimicking multi-homing in smartphones with both MBB and Wi-Fi interfaces, to allow experimenting on different access technologies as well as explore new ways of combining them to increase performance and robustness.

The users of the platform are in the core of the MONROE project. First, following FIRE*’s philosophy, MONROE offers a user-oriented closed-loop system design in which the experimental platform is open to external users, and where users are incorporated early on in the experimental design process. Second, MONROE will provide Experiments as a Service (EaaS), thus lowering the barrier for using the platform to external experimenters and users, by providing well-documented tools and adjustable, flexible, high-level scripts to execute experiments, collect results, and analyze data.

Interoperability with existing FIRE and FP7 measurement platforms, jointly with the MONROE’s effort to develop business and funding models, will guarantee sustainability and usefulness of the platform.

* FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) was an initiative within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7) (see FIRE projects were aimed to develop an experimental platform to be directly used by third parties (i.e. not only by project participants). In H2020 FIRE+ has been introduced to build upon the previous FIRE initiative. MONROE is a FIRE+ project.

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