A new model of global virtual Mobile Network Operator (MNO) –the Mobile Network Aggregator (MNA) – has recently been gaining significant traction. MNAs provide mobile communications services to their customers by leveraging multiple MNOs, and connecting through the one that best match their customers’ needs at any point in time (and space). MNAs naturally provide optimized global coverage by connecting through local MNOs across the different geographic regions they provide service. In this paper, we dissect the operations of three MNAs, namely, Google Fi, Twilio and Truphone. We perform measurements using the three selected MNAs to assess their performance for three major applications, namely, DNS, web browsing and video streaming. We benchmark their performance comparing it to the one of a traditional MNO. We find that even MNAs provide some delay penalty compared to the service accessed through the local MNOs in the geographic area where the user is roaming, they can significantly improve performance compared to traditional roaming model of the MNOs (e.g. home routed roaming). Finally, in order to fully quantify the potential benefits that can be realized using the MNA model, we perform a set of emulations by deploying both control and user plane functions of open-source 5G implementations in different locations of AWS, and measure the potential gains.
Sergi Alcalá-Marín , from Barcelona. He did the bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Systems Engineering in UPC (Polytechnical University of Catalunya). He did the bachelor’s thesis in Barcelona University entitled: Stent Monitoring using probes in GHz range. He did the master’s in advanced Telecommunication Technologies with mention in Wireless Networks, also in Polytechnical University of Catalunya. My Final Master thesis was entitled: “Microwave monitoring of biodegradable Stents”. He worked in Barcelona University as Assistant Researcher and Event Manager during 3 years and organized the 14th and 15th International workshop in Magnetism and Superconductivity at the Nanoscale for Barcelona University. He also worked as Network Engineer in Mobile World Congress 2019 . He is interested in Network Performance, Mobile Communications and Machine Learning. He is part of Network Data Science Group of IMDEA as PhD Student. He will present an accepted paper in Mobisys 2022
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