There is a strong need for objective data about reliability and performance of Mobile Broadband (MBB) networks, and for tools to rigorously and scientifically assess their performance. Funded through the Horizon2020 LEIT program; Measuring Mobile Broadband Networks in Europe (MONROE) project designs and builds an open, European-scale, and flexible platform with multi-homing capabilities to run experiments on operational 3G/4G Mobile Broadband networks. The main objective of MONROE is to use the platform for the identification of key MBB performance parameters, thus enabling accurate, realistic and meaningful monitoring and assessment of the performance of MBB networks. This leads to operator monitoring services that can provide the society with third party rating services of the providers. MONROE can also be used to test and evaluate networking protocols and services that run over MBB networks (e.g., multilink connectivity, traffic off-loading and protocol optimizations).
By focusing on MBB networks and services, MONROE will simultaneously contribute to the commercial and the societal impact. On one hand, the features of the platform to be developed in MONROE will directly impact the capabilities of developers, researchers, and application and service providers, while, on the other hand, the data gathered using this platform will empower the policy makers, regulators and service customers with critical information towards improved policies and decisions. Hence, MONROE will strengthen the European leadership in the market of MBB technologies while paving the way to measurable user satisfaction in the Internet for All framework.
The center-piece of the booth will be MONROE’s nodes and technology. We will present the MONROE node and its components. In terms of technology, we will demonstrate how to deploy an experiment on a MONROE node and illustrate near real-time monitoring of basic MBB parameters from a MONROE node.
An early user of the MONROE platform is the Horizon2020 Measurement and Architecture for a Middleboxed Internet (MAMI) project. MAMI will use MONROE in two ways: first, to measure the extent of path transparency of MBB networks to certain traffic types, protocols, and protocol extensions, as well as testing the deployability on MBB networks of a project-developed Middlebox Cooperation Protocol (MCP), which will allow application-middlebox signaling for cooperative operation of in-network services. A corner of the booth will focus on MAMI’s planned use of the MONROE platform, and on the background of MAMI’s measurement work.