Crowdsourced Network Measurements in Germany: Mobile Internet Experience from End User Perspective

Konferenz: Breitbandversorgung in Deutschland - 14. ITG-Fachkonferenz
23.03.2020 - 24.03.2020 in Berlin, Deutschland

Tagungsband: ITG-Fb. 292: Breitbandversorgung in Deutschland

Seiten: 7Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

Schwind, Anika; Wamser, Florian; Hossfeld, Tobias (University of Würzburg, Insitute of Computer Science, Würzburg, Germany)
Wunderer, Stefan (Nokia Networks, Ulm, Germany)
Tarnvik, Erik; Hall, Andy (Tutela Ltd, Victoria, Canada)

Collecting and analyzing meaningful data in mobile networks is the key to assessing network performance. Crowdsourced Network Measurements (CNMs) provide insights beyond the network layer and offer performance and other measurements at the application and user-level towards Quality of Experience (QoE). In this paper, the mobile Internet experience for Germany is evaluated with the help of crowdsourcing from the perspective of an end user. We statistically analyze a dataset with throughput measurements on the end device from Tutela Ltd., which covers more than 2.5 million throughput tests across Germany from January to July 2019. We give insights into this emerging methodology and highlight the benefits of this method. The paper contains statistics and conclusions for several large cities as well as regions in Germany compared to general statements for Germany, since individual measurements and averages often only imprecisely reflect the situation. The goal is to give a holistic view of the performance of the current mobile network in Germany. Reading this paper, it becomes evident that reliable statements about the quality of the mobile network for Germany depend on a large number of peculiarities in different regions with their own performance characteristics due to different network deployments and population numbers.