3rd International ICST Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities (TridentCom)

Research Article

MagNets - experiences from deploying a joint research-operational next-generation wireless access network testbed

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/TRIDENTCOM.2007.4444714,
        author={Roger P. Karrer and Istvan Matyasovszki and Alessio Botta and Antonio Pescap\^{e}},
        title={MagNets - experiences from deploying a joint research-operational next-generation wireless access network testbed},
        proceedings={3rd International ICST Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities (TridentCom)},
        proceedings_a={TRIDENTCOM},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.1109/TRIDENTCOM.2007.4444714}
    }
    
  • Roger P. Karrer
    Istvan Matyasovszki
    Alessio Botta
    Antonio Pescapé
    Year: 2010
    MagNets - experiences from deploying a joint research-operational next-generation wireless access network testbed
    TRIDENTCOM
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.1109/TRIDENTCOM.2007.4444714
Roger P. Karrer1,*, Istvan Matyasovszki2,*, Alessio Botta3,*, Antonio Pescapé3,*
  • 1: Deutsche Telekom Laboratories TU Berlin 10587 Berlin (Germany)
  • 2: ECE Department, F1-OP-02, FB University of Limerick Limerick (Ireland)
  • 3: Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica University of Napoli “Federico II” 80125 Napoli (Italy)
*Contact email: roger.karrer@telekom.de, istvan.matyasovszki@ul.ie, a.botta@unina.it, pescape@unina.it

Abstract

In spite of the recent deployment of wireless access networks, such as meshes and WiFi backbones in cities, the potential and limitations of such networks is still unclear. Deployed networks have a limited ability to gather data or experimentally deploy new protocols, whereas lab testbeds are often limited in scale and lack real applications traffic. This paper presents MagNets, a next-generation wireless access network deployed in the city of Berlin. MagNets is a joint research-operational testbed that offers connectivity to students, but still allows for experimental deployment of new protocols. We describe the work breakdown and lessons learnt from the design and deployment process. In addition, initial measurement results highlight the potential to shed light on the suitability of wireless technology for next-generation access networks.