2nd International ICST Conference on Wireless Internet

Research Article

Characterization by measurement of a CDMA 1x EVDO network

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1145/1234161.1234163,
        author={Mark  Claypool and Robert Kinicki and William Lee and Mingzhe Li and Gregory  Ratner},
        title={Characterization by measurement of a CDMA 1x EVDO network},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Wireless Internet},
        keywords={Measurement Wireless EVDO},
  • Mark Claypool
    Robert Kinicki
    William Lee
    Mingzhe Li
    Gregory Ratner
    Year: 2006
    Characterization by measurement of a CDMA 1x EVDO network
    DOI: 10.1145/1234161.1234163
Mark Claypool1,*, Robert Kinicki1, William Lee1, Mingzhe Li1, Gregory Ratner1
  • 1: Computer Science Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Rd, Worcester, MA 01609, USA
*Contact email: claypool|rek@cs.wpi.edu


Cellular networks are increasingly carrying Internet traffic for Email and Web browsers, VoIP and online games and streaming video. While there have been some studies characterizing the throughput of cellular data networks, there has been few measurement studies focusing on the latest Evolution-Data Optimized (EVDO) cellular protocol, considering characteristics for throughput-sensitive, latency-sensitive and streaming applications. This paper provides a measurement-based characterization of an EVDO network, using measures of TCP throughput, round-trip times and loss rates, and bandwidth estimation in order to gauge the ability of EVDO to support the QoS requirements of a range of applications. A week's worth of active measurement data reveals throughputs satisfactory for Email and Web browsing, latencies too high for interactive applications, and consistent results for bandwidth estimations, suitable for streaming.