Pricing for Heterogeneous Services in OFDMA 802.16 Systems

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Executive Summary

The IEEE 802.16 standard is expected to become a successful broadband wireless access solution, especially thanks to its ability to provide high data rates, to differentiate services, and thanks to its interoperability, as promoted by the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) organization. The authors consider in this paper an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA)-based 802.16 operator, and investigate how to charge in order to control demand and maximize the revenue. Pricing has indeed been seen as a way to provide return on investment for providers, as well as to control demand and differentiate services for delivering a satisfactory Quality of Service (QoS) to heterogeneous applications.

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