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An automatic and on-demand MNO selection mechanism


Tsiaras, Christos; Liniger, Samuel; Stiller, Burkhard (2014). An automatic and on-demand MNO selection mechanism. In: IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2014), Krakow, Poland, 5 May 2014 - 9 May 2014, 1-8.

Abstract

A manual selection of the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) to be used on a mobile device is possible through the respective user interface. Furthermore, mobile devices can be adjusted to select automatically the MNO based on the strongest signal strength, among the list of those MNOs the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card is allowed to be registered with. However, so far in modern mobile operating systems, such as Android and iOS, there is no available method in the public developer’s Application Programming Interface (API), which allows for an automatic and on-demand selection of the MNO by thirdparty applications. Recently, various research approaches assume the existence of an automatic and on-demand MNO selection mechanism to achieve different goals, such as breaking the termination rates monopoly (AbaCUS) or minimizing the non-ionizing radiation of mobile/wearable devices. The interest of such a mechanism has been raised three years ago by the Android developers community. Thus, this work here presents an automatic and on-demand MNO selection mechanism, that has been designed and implemented on the Android platform. For evaluation purposes the energy and end-to-end (e2e) time consumption while switching among MNOs using this mechanism is evaluated and as an applied example the data consumption of AbaCUS signaling messages is measured.

Abstract

A manual selection of the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) to be used on a mobile device is possible through the respective user interface. Furthermore, mobile devices can be adjusted to select automatically the MNO based on the strongest signal strength, among the list of those MNOs the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card is allowed to be registered with. However, so far in modern mobile operating systems, such as Android and iOS, there is no available method in the public developer’s Application Programming Interface (API), which allows for an automatic and on-demand selection of the MNO by thirdparty applications. Recently, various research approaches assume the existence of an automatic and on-demand MNO selection mechanism to achieve different goals, such as breaking the termination rates monopoly (AbaCUS) or minimizing the non-ionizing radiation of mobile/wearable devices. The interest of such a mechanism has been raised three years ago by the Android developers community. Thus, this work here presents an automatic and on-demand MNO selection mechanism, that has been designed and implemented on the Android platform. For evaluation purposes the energy and end-to-end (e2e) time consumption while switching among MNOs using this mechanism is evaluated and as an applied example the data consumption of AbaCUS signaling messages is measured.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:9 May 2014
Deposited On:05 Jan 2015 13:34
Last Modified:17 Aug 2017 20:06
Publisher:IEEE
Series Name:Management in a Software Defined World
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/NOMS.2014.6838236
Official URL:http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6838236&isnumber=6838210
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:10329

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