A content-based pricing model for municipal and community wireless networks

Abdelnasser M. Abdelaal, Hesham H. Ali

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Abstract

The escalation of municipal and community wireless networks (CWNs) has raised many questions about the most suitable business model, funding instrument, and service pricing policy for a specific community. Unlike traditional Internet service providers, these networks provide wireless Internet access for the purpose of boosting the social and economic development of the community at large. Therefore, such projects need customized business models and pricing policies in order to achieve these objectives. We propose a content-based pricing model where the price of wireless applications is an increasing function of the used bandwidth and a decreasing function of the provided packet delay. We used the Opnet simulation tool to validate the proposed pricing model. The simulation results show that network operators may charge users only for audio and video applications because of the high bandwidth they use compared to data applications. The proposed pricing solution considers the social and economic objectives of CWNs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
Pages1717-1723
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2008
Event14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 14 2008Aug 17 2008

Publication series

Name14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
Volume3

Conference

Conference14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period8/14/088/17/08

Keywords

  • Business models
  • Community and municipal wireless networks
  • Digital divide
  • Internet pricing
  • Socio-technical networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems

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