Economic Incentives for Adopting Congestion Accountability Protocols
Speaker: Dr. Alexandros Kostopoulos
Date: 14 July 2014 Time: 12.00-14.00
Location: "Alkiviades C. Payatakes" Seminar Room, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete
Host: Prof. Maria Papadopouli


New Internet protocols such as ECN, re-ECN and Conex, provide valuable information to ISPs about the congestion within a network. Such information could be useful in allocating network resources more equitably, as well as to employ new pricing schemes. However, in designing a new protocol one must take proper account of the incentive issues that thereby arise for its adoption. We consider a duopoly market consisting of two access ISPs and formulate a noncooperative game over their choices of pricing strategies when one of them uses volume-based and the other congestion-based pricing. We prove, under mild conditions, the existence of a pure strategy Nash equilibrium for the competing providers. We further examine how the different types of transit charges affect the pricing strategies of the access ISPs. We find cases where the volume charging ISP is forced to leave the access market. We conclude that ISPs have economic incentives to adopt congestion accountability mechanisms, since they become more competitive due to the smoother and more predictable traffic they have to accommodate and to the lower transit charges they incur. It is a joint work with Lect. Antonis Dimakis and Prof. Costas Courcoubetis.


Dr. Alexandros Kostopoulos is currently a Post-doctoral Researcher with the “Telecommunications and Networks Laboratory” at FORTH-ICS, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. M. Papadopouli. He holds two Master Degrees in Telecommunications (University of Athens), and in Computer Science (University of Piraeus). He obtained his PhD in Network Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), under the supervision of Prof. Costas Courcoubetis. He is also a member of the Network Economics and Services Group (head: Prof. C. Courcoubetis) and the Mobile Multimedia Laboratory (head: Prof. G. Polyzos), in AUEB. He has been involved in several European research projects, including “Trilogy” and “PURSUIT”, both received the Future Internet Award from ceFIMS.

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