A First Look at Commercial 5G Performance on Smartphones

Arvind Narayanan, Eman Ramadan, Jason Carpenter, Qingxu Liu, Yu Liu, Feng Qian, Zhi Li Zhang

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Abstract

We conduct to our knowledge a first measurement study of commercial 5G performance on smartphones by closely examining 5G networks of three carriers (two mmWave carriers, one mid-band carrier) in three U.S. cities. We conduct extensive field tests on 5G performance in diverse urban environments. We systematically analyze the handoff mechanisms in 5G and their impact on network performance. We explore the feasibility of using location and possibly other environmental information to predict the network performance. We also study the app performance (web browsing and HTTP download) over 5G. Our study consumes more than 15 TB of cellular data. Conducted when 5G just made its debut, it provides a "baseline" for studying how 5G performance evolves, and identifies key research directions on improving 5G users' experience in a cross-layer manner. We have released the data collected from our study (referred to as 5Gophers) at https://fivegophers.umn.edu/www20.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Web Conference 2020 - Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages894-905
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450370233
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2020
Event29th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Apr 20 2020Apr 24 2020

Publication series

NameThe Web Conference 2020 - Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020

Conference

Conference29th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period4/20/204/24/20

Keywords

  • 5G
  • 5Gophers
  • Cellular Network Measurement.
  • Cellular Performance
  • Millimeter Wave

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    Narayanan, A., Ramadan, E., Carpenter, J., Liu, Q., Liu, Y., Qian, F., & Zhang, Z. L. (2020). A First Look at Commercial 5G Performance on Smartphones. In The Web Conference 2020 - Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020 (pp. 894-905). (The Web Conference 2020 - Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2020). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3366423.3380169