Economics in mobile data offloading with uniform pricing

Mingmei Li, Tony Q.S. Quek, Costas Courcoubetis

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Mobile data offloading is an emerging technology to alleviate cellular network congestion and improve user service quality. In this paper, we investigate the economics of mobile data offloading through access points (APs) deployed by small cell service providers (SSPs), implementing uniform volume prices for all the mobile users (MUs) in each SSP's coverage including the overlapping area. In particular, we consider a data offloading game with a single mobile network operator (MNO) and two SSPs with overlapping coverage areas, where each SSP announces a uniform price for offloading the cellular traffic within its coverage, and the MNO determines the traffic volumes to offload. We show that there is no pure Nash equilibrium (PNE) in the data offloading game, and prove the existence of the mixed strategy Nash equilibrium (MNE) by price randomization. Furthermore, we propose a simple one shot auction mechanism that is easy to implement and has PNEs which yield SSPs the same equilibrium payoffs compared to the expected payoffs obtained at the above MNE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017
EditorsMerouane Debbah, David Gesbert, Abdelhamid Mellouk
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467389990
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 28
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017 - Paris, France
Duration: 2017 May 212017 May 25

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Other2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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