A Novel Pricing Approach to Support QoS in 3G Networks
Source: Reed Elsevier
Pricing in 3G and other communication networks may control and manage the utilisation of network resources. The available network resources get strained with increased usage levels, which results in poor service to the users. Most users prefer receiving high quality services at affordable costs. This requires the provision of QoS guarantees for network services at a low cost. In a real business scenario, this relationship is hard to achieve; moreover revenue sources for network operators have been shifting from the provision of network access to provisioning of rich services, e.g., multimedia services. To attain a functional compromise, the authors propose a pricing scheme that relies on service profiles to manage resource utilisation in a DiffServ-enabled 3G network.