Provided by: Indian Institute of Science
Date Added: Jun 2011
The authors consider a network in which several service providers offer wireless access to their respective subscribed customers through potentially multi-hop routes. If providers cooperate by jointly deploying and pooling their resources, such as spectrum and infrastructure (e.g., base stations), and agree to serve each others' customers, their aggregate payoffs, and individual shares, may substantially increase through opportunistic utilization of resources. The potential of such cooperation can, however, be realized only if each provider intelligently determines who it would cooperate with, when it would cooperate, and how it would deploy and share its resources during such cooperation.