A Panoramic View of 3G Data/Control-Plane Traffic: Mobile Device Perspective
Users can access the Internet via 3G/4G cellular data networks using various types of user devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, datacards). The authors conduct a detailed measurement study on the impact of different device types on the data/control-plane performance of a commercial, city-wide 3G cellular data network in China. They present a methodology that correlates different data/control-plane datasets collected at different points in the network core, and identify more than 60K devices of different types per day on average. For the devices they identify, they investigate how their commonly used Internet applications and internal heartbeat mechanisms lead to distinct data/control-plane behaviors.