Date Added: Aug 2011
The increase in data consumed by smart-phones is becoming a huge problem for mobile operators. In three years, mobile data traffic in AT&T's network rose 5000%. The US operators invest $50 billion in the data networks every year and the technology upgrades and innovation still fail to keep up with the demand. In this paper, the authors design two algorithms for delay-tolerant offloading of bulky, socially recommended content from 3G networks. The first one, called "MixZones", uses opportunistic, ad hoc transfers between users, and is assisted by predictions made by the network operator. The second one, called "HotZones", exploits delay tolerance and tries to download contents when users are close to Wi-Fi access points; it is also assisted by predictions made by the operator.