CartaGenie: Context-Driven Synthesis of City-Scale Mobile Network Traffic Snapshots
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Mobile network traffic data offers unprecedented opportunities for innovative studies within and beyond networking. However, progress is hindered by the very limited access that the research community at large has to the real-world mobile network data that is needed to develop and dependably test mobile traffic data-driven solutions. As a contribution to overcome this barrier, we propose CartaGenie, a generator of realistic mobile traffic snapshots at city scale. Taking a deep generative modeling approach and through a tailored conditional generator design, CartaGenie can synthesize high-fidelity and artifact-free spatial traffic snapshots using only contextual information about the target geographical region that is easily found in public repositories. Hence, CartaGenie allows researchers to create their own realistic datasets of spatial traffic from open data about their region of interest. Experiments with real-world mobile traffic measurements collected in multiple metropolitan areas show that CartaGenie can produce dependable network traffic loads for areas where no prior traffic information is available, significantly outperforming a comprehensive set of benchmarks. Moreover, tests with practical case studies demonstrate that the synthetic data generated by CartaGenie is as good as real data in supporting diverse research-oriented mobile traffic data-driven applications.