Price and QoS competition in data communication services

Zhongju Zhang, Debabrata Dey, Yong Tan

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Abstract

Pricing of data communication services has been studied, but primarily in a monopolistic setting. We study the price competition in packet-switching networks with a quality-of-service (QoS) guarantee in terms of an expected per-packet delay. We propose a general framework in which service providers offering multi-class priority-based services compete to maximize their profits, while satisfying the expected delay guarantee in each class. We first examine the price competition with fixed delay guarantees and then extend it to the situation where providers compete in quality of service as well as price. In each case, we compare the duopoly pricing scheme with the case when two service providers merge to become a monopoly provider.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-886
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Volume187
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 16 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Data Communication
Quality of Service
Quality of service
guarantee
Packet switching
Packet networks
communication
Communication
Switching networks
service provider
Pricing
Costs
pricing
Profitability
Packet Switching
Multi-class
monopoly
Profit
profit
Maximise

Keywords

  • Congestion-based pricing
  • Data network pricing
  • Network externality
  • Price competition
  • Priority pricing
  • Quality of service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Transportation

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Price and QoS competition in data communication services. / Zhang, Zhongju; Dey, Debabrata; Tan, Yong.

In: European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 187, No. 3, 16.06.2008, p. 871-886.

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Zhang, Zhongju ; Dey, Debabrata ; Tan, Yong. / Price and QoS competition in data communication services. In: European Journal of Operational Research. 2008 ; Vol. 187, No. 3. pp. 871-886.
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