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The operating environment of cellular networks can be in a constant state of change. One Singaporean operator expressed difficulty with the coverage assertion (CA) problem of whether regulated minimum coverage is met, especially in urban areas. Currently, the operator manually appraises coverage through laborious and expensive walk/drive-tests. In this paper, we propose Tattle, a distributed, low-cost and comprehensive cellular network measurement collection and processing framework. We exemplify Tattle by leveraging on participating UEs to report on network coverage in real-time. Tattle exploits wireless local-area interfaces to exchange RSCP measurements amongst devices to preserve the co-locality of readings and conserve power. We propose U-CURE, a clustering algorithm which considers sample location uncertainty and the knowledge of device co-location to remove erroneously localized readings. We develop a prototype app on the Android™ platform as a proof-of-concept of the Tattle framework. We then use the Tattle framework to perform extensive RSCP measurement collection and processing in various areas in Singapore, collecting over 3.78 million readings. We present visualizations of mean signal coverage and RSCP CDFs for various areas of interest. The latter is a key output of Tattle, which helps operators to appraise coverage and solve the CA problem by relying on subscriber measurements, instead of expensive, laborious and limited-scale walk-/drive-tests.


Cellular coverage measurement, Cellular network management, Participatory sensing


Computer Sciences

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Software and Cyber-Physical Systems


2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM),

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Austin, TX

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.