Win-coupon: An incentive framework for 3G traffic offloading

Xuejun Zhuo, Wei Gao, Guohong Cao, Yiqi Dai

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Abstract

3G networks are currently facing severe traffic overload problems caused by excessive demands of mobile users. Offloading part of the 3G traffic through other forms of networks, such as Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs), WiFi hotspots, and Femtocells, is a promising solution. However, since these networks can only provide intermittent and opportunistic connectivity to mobile users, utilizing them for 3G traffic offloading may result in a non-negligible delay. As the delay increases, the users' satisfaction decreases. In this paper, we investigate the tradeoff between the amount of traffic being offloaded and the users' satisfaction. We provide a novel incentive framework to motivate users to leverage their delay tolerance for 3G traffic offloading. To minimize the incentive cost given an offloading target, users with high delay tolerance and large offloading potential should be prioritized for traffic offloading. To effectively capture the dynamic characteristics of users' delay tolerance, our incentive framework is based on reverse auction to let users proactively express their delay tolerance by submitting bids. We further take DTN as a case study to illustrate how to predict the offloading potential of the users by using stochastic analysis. Extensive trace-driven simulations verify the efficiency of our incentive framework for 3G traffic offloading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 19th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP 2011
Pages206-215
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 26 2011
Event2011 19th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP 2011 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Oct 17 2011Oct 20 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP
ISSN (Print)1092-1648

Other

Other2011 19th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP 2011
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period10/17/1110/20/11

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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Zhuo, X., Gao, W., Cao, G., & Dai, Y. (2011). Win-coupon: An incentive framework for 3G traffic offloading. In 2011 19th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP 2011 (pp. 206-215). [6089054] (Proceedings - International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICNP.2011.6089054