Characteristics of WAP traffic

I. Ma, J. Irvine

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This paper considers the characteristics of Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) traffic. We start by constructing a WAP traffic model by analysing the behaviour of users accessing public WAP sites via a monitoring system. A wide range of different traffic scenarios were considered, but most of these scenarios resolve to one of two basic types. The paper then uses this traffic model to consider the effects of large quantities of WAP traffic on the core network. One traffic characteristic which is of particular interest in network dimensioning is the degree of self-similarity, so the paper looks at the characteristics of aggregated traffic with WAP, Web and packet speech components to estimate its self-similarity. The results indicate that, while WAP traffic alone does not exhibit a significant degree of self-similarity, a combined load from various traffic sources retains almost the same degree of self-similarity as the most self-similar individual source.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-81
Number of pages10
JournalWireless Networks
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • WAP
  • mobile data
  • self-similarity
  • traffic modelling
  • mobile networks
  • wireless


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