Radio webs — Support architecture for mobile web access

  • Reiner Ludwig
  • Norbert Niebert
  • Raphaël Quinet
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1309)


The speed of Internet access over GSM can be improved by optimizing the performance of TCP/IP connections over the air link, and by using smart proxies for HTTP transfers or other high-level protocols. The goal is to improve the performance as perceived by the user, which implies the minimization of the end-to-end latency. This document describes the setup of GSM data connections and points to a number of possibilities to improve its basic performance. It then takes a more detailed look into WWW access and discusses how a double HTTP proxy can improve the web access over a (very) slow link. This double proxy is made of two parts: a small and simple HTTP proxy on the mobile station and a more complex proxy serving several users from a specific Internet Cellular Access Gateway. The users on the mobile station can configure their usual WWW browser to use the proxy on their computer — the mobile proxy — for accessing Web pages and everything will work as before, except that the overall performance should be considerably better.


TCP HTTP GSM performance protocol optimization WWW proxies proxy pair distillation caching pre-fetching 



Base Station Controller


Base Transceiver Station


Direct-IP Access Node


General Packet Radio Service


High-level Data Link Control


High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data service


Hypertext Markup Language


Hypertext Transfer Protocol


Internet Protocol


Internet Service Provider


Inter Working Function


Link Control Protocol


Mobile Station


Mobile Support Agent


Mobile Switching Center


Portable Computing Device


Point-to-Point Protocol


Public Switched Telephone Network


Request For Comments


Radio Link Protocol


Serial Line Internet Protocol


Terminal Adaptation Function


Transmission Control Protocol


Wireless Sockets Protocol


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reiner Ludwig
    • 1
  • Norbert Niebert
    • 1
  • Raphaël Quinet
    • 1
  1. 1.Ericsson Eurolab Deutschland GmbHHerzogenrath

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