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Analysis of a Mixed-Use Urban WiFi Network: When Metropolitan becomes Neapolitan

  • Mikhail Afanasyev
  • Tsuwei Chen
  • Geoffrey M. Voelker
  • Alex C. Snoeren
IMC '08 Proceedings of the 8th ACM SIGCOMM conference on Internet measurement, ACM, New York, NY, USA (2008), pp. 85-98


In this paper, we study the usage of the Google WiFi network deployed in Mountain View, California. We find that usage naturally falls into three categories, based almost entirely on client device type. Moreover, each of these classes of use has significant geographical, and transportation areas of the city. Finally, we find a diverse set of mobility patterns that map well to the archetypal use cases for traditional access technologies.

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