Performance Evaluation of Methods for Estimating Achievable Throughput on Cellular Connections

  • Lars M. MikkelsenEmail author
  • Nikolaj B. Højholt
  • Tatiana K. Madsen
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9247)


The continuous increase in always connected devices and the advance in capabilities of networks and services offered via the network is evident. The target group of most of these devices and services is users, so how users perceive the network performance is of great importance. Estimating achievable throughput (AT) is the main focus of this paper, which can be expressed as the data rate that users experience. We establish the Bulk Transfer Capacity (BTC) method as the ground truth of the AT. We choose to evaluate the Trains of Packet-Pair (TOPP) method as an alternative to BTC in estimating AT, due to its much reduced resource consumption. Based on real-life measurements of the two methods we conclude that TOPP is a good candidate to estimate AT, based on similarity in results with BTC.


BTC TOPP Achievable throughput Cellular networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars M. Mikkelsen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nikolaj B. Højholt
    • 1
  • Tatiana K. Madsen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Aalborg, Wireless Communication NetworksAalborg EastDenmark

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