Validation of UMTS emulation through PlanetLab

  • Benjamin Evrard
  • Gille Gomand

Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Computer science


With UMTS, the 3rd Generation of mobile phones gives to users the opportunity to enjoy applications requiring high data rate (e.g. video streaming). At the University of Namur, Hugues Van Peteghem has designed and implemented a testbed emulating UMTS Release 99 as a part of his PhD Thesis. This Master Thesis aims at validating it by comparing results from the testbed with those from a real environment. The goal is to check the validity of the testbed results (i.e. if it is giving realistic results). This document presents an approach to perform tests and experiments in a real environment from a basic end user perspective as opposed to a supervised experimental set-up. Tests and experiments were both performed from a PlanetLab Node and from a classical Linux-based laptop. The results are not directly comparable to those from the testbed because of discrepancies in the intended environment, the latter being a UMTS Release 5 environment with unknown parameters. However, this dissertation and presented results can be easily used for future work.
Date of Award2009
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Namur
SupervisorLAURENT SCHUMACHER (Supervisor)


  • 3G
  • UMTS
  • PlanetLab
  • testbed

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