Active goodput measurements from a public 3G/UMTS network

Kostas Pentikousis (Corresponding Author), Marko Palola, Marko Jurvansuu, P. Perälä

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Although third generation cellular networks are being deployed in many countries, rigorous measurement studies from public networks have yet to be published. After extensive experimentation, we collect measurements from a commercial WCDMA 3G/UMTS network and observe that the goodput of the first of a series of back-to-back transfers is consistently below par. We compare these results with those obtained from an all-wired network and show that 3G signaling plays an important, albeit detrimental role in end-user goodput. Finally, we illustrate that near-nominal goodput is realizable for large payloads only.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802 - 804
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • 3G mobile communication
  • broadband networks
  • cellular radio
  • code division multiple access
  • UMTS
  • end-user goodput
  • payload
  • public networks
  • third generation cellular network
  • universal mobile telecommunication system
  • wideband code division multiple access

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