A study of MVNO data paths and performance

Paul Schmitt, Morgan Vigil, Elizabeth Belding

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations


Characterization of mobile data traffic performance is difficult given the inherent complexity and opacity of mobile networks, yet it is increasingly important as emerging wireless standards approach wirelinelike latencies. Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) increase mobile network topology complexity due to additional infrastructure and network configurations. We collect and analyze traces on mobile carriers in the United States along with MVNO networks on each of the base carriers in order to discover differences in network performance and behavior. Ultimately, we find that traffic on MVNO networks takes more circuitous, less efficient paths to reach content servers compared to base operators. Factors such as location of the destination server as well as the provider network design are critical in better understanding behaviors and implications on performance for each of the mobile carriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPassive and Active Measurement - 17th International Conference, PAM 2016, Proceedings
EditorsThomas Karagiannis, Xenofontas Dimitropoulos
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319305042
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Passive and Active Measurement, PAM 2016 - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: Mar 31 2016Apr 1 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th International Conference on Passive and Active Measurement, PAM 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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