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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2016, Article ID 2752961, 10 pages
Research Article

Characterizing Radio and Networking Power Consumption in LTE Networks

University of Málaga, Andalucía Tech, 29071 Málaga, Spain

Received 22 August 2015; Revised 18 June 2016; Accepted 20 June 2016

Academic Editor: Yuh-Shyan Chen

Copyright © 2016 Álvaro M. Recio Pérez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Power consumption is a key factor in how final users rate the quality of service in mobile networks; however, its characterization is a challenging issue due to the many parameters involved and the complexity of their dependencies. Traditional battery drain testing in the field does not provide a suitable environment to reach accurate conclusions. In this paper we address this problem providing a controlled environment, more compact and accurate than those currently found in the literature, designed to measure the effects that different factors have on the global energy consumption.