Throughput capacity investigation for bandwidth-limited tactical edge mobile network


  1. Song, R.
  2. Willink, T.
  3. Li, M.
  4. Salmanian, M.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN)
At the tactical edge, a mobile network with Handheld, Manpack, and Small form fit (HMS) radios has limited bandwidth compared with commercial mobile radios such as 4G and Wi-Fi. The HMS creates a big challenge for efficiently sharing information and enhancing situational awareness. This Scientific Report investigates the throughput performance of a bandwidth-limited wireless channel using Wi-Fi radios adapted to data rate at 1 Mbps. The investigation covers various scenarios such as different bit error rates on each link caused by the physical environment. Our investigation shows that communication can fail under certain conditions but it can succeed if the traffic is managed properly. To enable network security and cyber applications in addition to operational communications, it is important to know the throughput capacity under different circumstances so that traffic may be managed accordingly. Through simulations, this report demonstrates throughput capacity pattern under different situations and provides a recommendation on how the traffic can be managed to balance the system performance.

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Network Throughput;Throughput Capacity;Bandwidth;Channel Utilization;Channel Capacity;Channel Efficiency
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2019-R133 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 2019
Number of Pages
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