Mobile Broadband Performance | Visionary Keynote by Walter Johnston | Federal Mobile Computing Summit | July 9, 2013
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Mobile Broadband Performance | Visionary Keynote by Walter Johnston | Federal Mobile Computing Summit | July 9, 2013

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The Federal Mobile Computing Summit was held on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The Federal Mobile Computing Summit was held on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Mobile Broadband Performance | Visionary Keynote by Walter Johnston | Federal Mobile Computing Summit | July 9, 2013 Mobile Broadband Performance | Visionary Keynote by Walter Johnston | Federal Mobile Computing Summit | July 9, 2013 Presentation Transcript

  • Mobile Broadband Performance Measuring Broadband America
  • Measuring Broadband America • FCC National Broadband Plan • Released 3/10 • Advocated FCC undertake measurement of Broadband America in collaboration with industry • FCC fixed broadband measurement program • Reports released 8/11, 7/12, 2/13 • Ongoing: yearly reports • Generally perceived as most accurate measurements of consumer broadband performance • Result of transparency of process and collaboration with industry and other parties
  • mobile Measuring Broadband America • On 9/21/13 FCC announced extension of program to mobile services • Collaborative effort with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, CTIA and others • Data collection effort to start later this year with initial public results expected early 2014 View slide
  • What we are doing • Smartphone app runs in background on volunteers phone • Runs automatically at random times performing measurements • App provides only network related data and results annonymized • Data uploaded to cloud for presentation in maps and other analysis View slide
  • What We Are Collecting • Network Performance Data, e.g.: • Upload/Download Speed • Packet Loss • Latency • Network Structure Data, e.g.: • Service Coverage Data • Tower ID/Signal Strength • Bearer Channel
  • What is Unique About the Program • Core foundation: consumer privacy • Collaboration with key industry players • Transparency in process • Statistically valid data collection • Open, reproducible and extendable methodologies
  • Consumer Privacy • Central to FCC’s policies and concerns • Mobile data raises special issues • Extensive discussions with representatives from Federal Trade Commission, FCC, service providers, academics and others to develop formal privacy policy • Mechanisms in place to ensure data is anonymized and processed in manner to ensure anonymity
  • Industry Collaboration • Key tenant of National Broadband Program to work collaboratively with major stakeholders • Increases accuracy and success of program • Provides potential for industry standardization • Working with four major wireless carriers, CTIA and others in open process • Industry beta testing client software
  • Transparency • Open meetings to discuss program milestones • Publication of testing procedures, statistical scripts, measurement methods, etc. • Client software provided as open source • FCC plans to provide GIS database displaying key metrics • Underlying data freely available (subject to consumer privacy policies) • Future goals include making available thru FTP and through API interfaces on FCC database
  • Statistically Based Data Collection • Android client software runs autonomously in background • Tests performed regularly on randomized basis • User bias minimized/eliminated • Avoids user testing to determine ‘what’s broken’ • Collaboration with industry permits more targeted and more successful volunteer solicitations
  • Long Term Objectives • Continue to explore further utility of data • We’ve focused on ‘low hanging fruit’ • Ongoing discussions with parties as to potential uses • Continue to provide accurate data on evolution of broadband • Promote standard metrics and cost efficient data collection mechanisms • Continue successful collaborative model