Second chance: Understanding diversity in broadband access network performance

John P. Rula, Zachary S. Bischof, Fabian E Bustamante

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

In recognition of the increasing importance of broadband, several governments have embarked on large-scale efforts to measure broadband services from devices within end-user's homes. Participants for these studies were selected based on features that, a priori, were thought to be relevant to service performance such as geographic region, access technology and subscription level. Every new-year deployment since has followed the same model, ensuring that the number of measurement points remains stable despite the natural churn. In this paper, we start to explore the issue of vantage point selection in residential broadband networks by leveraging the publicly available datasets collected as part of the FCC Broadband America study. We present the first analysis of the variation of performance in edge networks and diversity of individual vantage points. We explore the underlying causes of this diversity through a factor analysis of contextual factors within an ISP such as the geographic location of subscribers. The goal of this analysis is to inform additional deployments in ongoing studies, and guide the design and deployment of future investigations into broadband networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationC2B(I)D 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Crowdsourcing and Crowdsharing of Big (Internet) Data, Part of SIGCOMM 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages9-14
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450335393
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 17 2015
EventACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Crowdsourcing and Crowdsharing of Big (Internet) Data, C2B(I)D 2015 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 17 2015 → …

Other

OtherACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Crowdsourcing and Crowdsharing of Big (Internet) Data, C2B(I)D 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period8/17/15 → …

Keywords

  • Broadband networks
  • Measurement techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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