University of Calgary
Today's mobile networks prevent users from freely accessing all available networks. Instead, seamless network composition could present a win-win situation for both users and operators. Users can gain better quality of service with more resources to choose from, while each individual operator can provision lesser bandwidth since resources can be shared during times of peak demand. In this paper, the authors analyze the benefits of operator cooperation using real trace data of cellular data access. They leverage the difference in burstiness at small timescales across network providers to shed the peak usage of one operator on to another.