The PoQEMoN project in phase with ARCEP’s focus on mobile connectivity issues
On 19 January 2016, ARCEP (the French national telecommunications regulatory authority) presented the findings of its strategic review. 36 participants active in the telecoms ecosystem contributed to it, including ip-label. The quality of mobile infrastructures naturally came under consideration because the stakes are huge. Excellent connectivity in all circumstances has become a necessity.
ip-label in January 2014 kicked off the FUI (French interministerial fund) collaborative project named Platform for Quality Evaluation of Mobile Networks (PoQEMoN) with 8 partners: Orange, Altran, Next Interactive (01 Net), GenyMobile, Data Publica, HEC, INRIA, UPEC. The aim of the project was to elaborate the reference system for measuring the quality of mobile services and networks.
The ARCEP roadmap, especially section IV about rethinking connectivity in a mobile world, fully engages the theme of the PoQEMoN project because the participants are performing widescale implementation of measurement methodologies and systems that are entirely dedicated to mobile metrology.
Apart from modeling quality of experience (QoE), which the partners are working on, another focus has been on measuring the quality of mobile networks through two approaches:
- Approach 1 is a crowdsourcing type of approach whose aim is to make web users take part in evaluating their operator. They can do so using a tool that is available in the form of a mobile app which can be downloaded from Google Play Store.
The application was downloaded by over 10,000 web users in a few months, and the audience continues to grow. To date over 100,000 measurements of the performance of mobile networks have been made in 95 countries, on 230 operator networks.
Project participants are now working on algorithms for analyzing these data as well as on visualization tools, with a primary focus on mass transit (metro, suburban trains, mainline trains).
Fig.1: Demonstrator of network analysis on Paris metro lines, proposed by the project participant Data Publica
Fig.2: Overall map of the measurements collected
2. Approach 2 is a controlled environment type of measurement that focuses on metrology of mobile networks on the national railroads (SNCF railway commercial company). It is led by HEC, an institution participating in the project. To date, of the 30,000 km of railway lines open to the public, 93% have been covered, generating over 45,000 performance measurements.
Fig.3: Map of measurements on national railway lines
Fig.4 Demonstrator of data analysis with respect to the point of departure/destination of railway lines
Fig.5 Drill-down to the Ile-de-France region
The work under way has already yielded interesting findings on the quality of mobile networks in terms of coverage, performance, comparisons between operators, performance on the go (TGV high-speed trains, for instance). Undoubtedly the experimental platform will be used later on by the industries involved in the project given that the wealth of collected data is rich in important lessons to reap for players in the mobile ecosystem.
This network quality measurement tool was developed by ip-label in the context of the Platform for Quality Evaluation of Mobile Networks (PoQEMoN) project, alongside Altran, Data Publica, HEC and the Université Paris Est Créteil. It was selected by the FUI (French interministerial fund) in charge of the policy of competitiveness clusters, after being distinguished by the Systematic Paris Region cluster, and has benefitted from support from the Ile-de-France region and BPI France.