Mobility

Impact of Introducing Road Charging on Supporting Mobile Data Networks

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Executive Summary

This paper presents a model for assessing the impact of introducing nationwide road charging systems on supporting mobile data networks. It defines a model based on real traffic measurements, and establishes appropriate parameter values for capturing specific application characteristics such as the importance of data compression, truck-only versus all traffic charging, and dimensioning margins for handling peak days. Finally, this paper applies the developed model and defined parameter values to a Belgian case study. Road charging offers an alternative approach for dealing with mobility. In contradiction to classical road tax mechanisms, nationwide road charging systems can introduce fair pricing mechanisms based on the real driven distances.

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