Pricing differentiated Internet services

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Pricing differentiated Internet services
— One of the critical challenges facing the networking industry today is to increase the profitability of Internet services. One well-known method in economics for increasing the revenues of a service is to segment its market through differentiation. However, special characteristics of Internet services, such as congestion externality, may complicate the design and provisioning of such offerings. In this paper, we study how a provider should price its services differentially based on their characteristics. By using a game-theoretic approach, we show that even with a simple two-class differentiated service model, if prices are not properly matched with service qualities, then the system may settle into an undesirable equilibrium similar to that in the classical “Prisoner’s Dilemma” game. In addition, there may not even be a stable equilibrium under certain conditions. We then show that dynamic pricing approaches, in which prices are chosen according to users’ relative prefere...
Linhai He, Jean C. Walrand
Added 25 Jun 2010
Updated 25 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2005
Authors Linhai He, Jean C. Walrand
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