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User Centric Networks (UCN) empowers the end-users as providers rather than just consumers of the network. Cooperation incentives based on reputation and crediting mechanisms are certain core enabling factors of UCN among which ensuring a certain level of QoS plays a great role for the maintenance of the UCN environment. In this paper, the authors propose a QoS-based crediting mechanism, providing incentives for Access Points (APs) to share the load, i.e., the clients, in a fair way, thereby ensuring a homogenous level of QoS throughout the UCN community. They discuss a utility-based decision making framework for the incentivized cooperation based load balancing mechanism in UCN environment.
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