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Effects of Network Performance on Smartphone User Behavior
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

While the relation between smartphone user behavior and contextual factors have been explored in previous research, the mobile networks’ influence on the smartphone user behavior is largely unknown. Through statistical analysis of a data set collected globally from ˜ 1000 users by an Android app called Ericsson Apps, this study investigates how the users’ app choices and app usage depend on the network performance.

The results show, for instance, that the choice of app depends strongly on the network performance, suggesting that it is a factor in the users’ app choices. For example, Swedish users are ˜ 3 times more likely to use Facebook on LTE than when disconnected, i.e., no access to the mobile networks, while ˜ 4.6 times more likely to make a phone call when disconnectedthan on LTE. Additionally, the data analysis finds a demand for better performance in the mobile networks as the downlink data consumption grows linearly without decline, with respect to network performance, for media and video types of apps.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 91 p.
TRITA-ICT-EX, 2015:129
National Category
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-177547OAI: diva2:873226
Available from: 2015-11-25 Created: 2015-11-23 Last updated: 2015-11-25Bibliographically approved

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