Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 344–355 | Cite as

Integration of 3G Connectivity in PlanetLab Europe

A Step of an Evolutionary Path Towards Heterogeneous Large Scale Network Testbeds
  • Alessio Botta
  • Roberto Canonico
  • Giovanni Di Stasi
  • Antonio Pescapé
  • Giorgio Ventre
  • Serge Fdida


Distributed research testbeds play a fundamental role in the evaluation of disruptive innovations for the Future Internet. In recent years, the main research funding agencies have promoted several initiatives aimed at designing and building open, large scale, realistic experimental facilities that could be used to evaluate innovative networking architectures, paradigms and services. In this paper, after discussing the main challenges in building such infrastructures, we present how, by leveraging the concept of federation, we managed to introduce a first degree of heterogeneity into PlanetLab Europe, a European testbed federated with PlanetLab, by providing UMTS connectivity to PlanetLab Europe nodes. Our contribution is just a first step of an evolutionary path whose further developments will lead to next generation large-scale heterogeneous testbeds for supporting experimentally-driven research on the Network of the Future (Preliminary results within the same framework of this work have been recently published in Canonico et al. (2007) and Botta et al. (2008)).


wireless network testbeds UMTS virtualization usage models performance evaluation 



This work has been funded by the European Projects “OneLab” (FP6 IST-2005-034819) and “OneLab2” (ICT FP7 IP 224263).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessio Botta
    • 1
  • Roberto Canonico
    • 1
  • Giovanni Di Stasi
    • 1
  • Antonio Pescapé
    • 1
  • Giorgio Ventre
    • 1
  • Serge Fdida
    • 2
  1. 1.Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica CININapoliItaly
  2. 2.LIP6Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6ParisFrance

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