Measuring and Assessing Performance of Mobile Broadband Networks and Future 5G Trends

Ayman A. El-Saleh, Abdulraqeb Alhammadi*, Ibraheem Shayea, Nizar Alsharif, Nouf M. Alzahrani, Osamah Ibrahim Khalaf, Theyazn H.H. Aldhyani

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Mobile broadband (MBB) is one of the critical goals in fifth-generation (5G) networks due to rising data demand. MBB provides very high-speed internet access with seamless connections. Existing MBB, including third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) networks, also requires monitoring to ensure good network performance. Thus, performing analysis of existing MBB assists mobile network operators (MNOs) in further improving their MBB networks’ capabilities to meet user satisfaction. In this paper, we analyzed and evaluated the multidimensional performance of existing MBB in Oman. Drive test measurements were carried out in four urban and suburban cities: Muscat, Ibra, Sur and Bahla. This study aimed to analyze and understand the MBB performance, but it did not benchmark the performance of MNOs. The data measurements were collected through drive tests from two MNOs supporting 3G and 4G technologies: Omantel and Ooredoo. Several performance metrics were measured during the drive tests, such as signal quality, throughput (downlink and unlink), ping and handover. The measurement results demonstrate that 4G technologies were the dominant networks in most of the tested cities during the drive test. The average downlink and uplink data rates were 18 Mbps and 13 Mbps, respectively, whereas the average ping and pong loss were 53 ms and 0.9, respectively, for all MNOs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number829
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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  • 5G
  • Data rate
  • Mobile broadband
  • QoE
  • QoS
  • Quality of experience
  • Quality of service


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