A Spatio-temporal analysis of Mobile Internet Traffic in Public Transportation Systems

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Jiang, Fangzhou; Thilakarathna, Kanchana; Kaafar, Dali; Rosenbaum, Filip; Seneviratne, Aruna

Jiang, Fangzhou; Thilakarathna, Kanchana; Kaafar, Dali; Rosenbaum, Filip; Seneviratne, Aruna


2015-09-11


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ACM CHANTS 2015


Paris, France


37-42


Mobile devices are ubiquitous, and mobile-generated traffic is arguably a major component of today’s web traffic. In particular, the use of smart-phones whilst commuting us- ing public transport is a very popular and common practice in many countries. Mobile commuters however, often suffer from poor performance due to limited bandwidth and/or in- termittent network coverage. This paper provides insights into the characteristics of web traffic generated by mobile commuters in these challenged conditions of public transportation systems. We use a dataset collected from 22 Inter-city Buses running on 6 different routes over 5 weeks in Sweden. By analyzing content similarity in time and across different routes, we discover a number of findings that reveal the existence of a spatio-temporal correlation of content popularity and that shed light on diurnal patterns of behavior of mobile commuters. We study popular content accessed by commuters and show that Social Networking and News content are pre- dominant and are inversely proportional. One of the salient findings is that mobile users’ interest on buses is very con- centrated, with 35% of the popular content solely accessed on a single day during the 5 weeks, and more than 70% of the popular content from a given day is accessed during one single hour of the day. We also observe high content similarity between specific routes which suggests that content caching within the bus can significantly improve user web experience. Our results indicate that based on the observed strong spatio-temporal correlation of content requests of mo- bile commuters, caching content inside the buses leads to a daily hit rate ranging from 10 to 20%, with a 20% savings of the daily bandwidth usage.


Mobile content distribution, Spatial temporal correlation, Edge of network, Public transport


https://doi.org/10.1145/2799371.2799379


http://acm-chants.org/


nicta:8825


Jiang, Fangzhou; Thilakarathna, Kanchana; Kaafar, Dali; Rosenbaum, Filip; Seneviratne, Aruna. A Spatio-temporal analysis of Mobile Internet Traffic in Public Transportation Systems. In: ACM CHANTS 2015; Paris, France. 2015-09-11. 37-42. https://doi.org/10.1145/2799371.2799379



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