Economic Models for Resource Control in Wireless Networks

Vasilios A. Siris, Institute of Computer Science (ICS), FORTH
Bob Briscoe, Dave Songhurst, BT Research, Ipswich, UK

In Proc. of IEEE PIMRC 2002, Lisbon, Portugal, 16-19 September, 2002.
Preprint: [pdf]


We present a model based on congestion pricing for resource control in wireless CDMA networks carrying traffic streams that have fixed-rate requirements, but can adapt their signal quality. Our model is based on resource usage in the uplink direction of CDMA networks, and does not differentiate users based on their distance from the base station. We compare our model with other economic models that have appeared in the literature, identifying their similarities and differences. Our investigations include the effects of a mobile's distance and the wireless network's load on the target signal quality, the transmission power, and the user benefit and charge. Keywords: resource usage, utility, congestion pricing, signal quality adaptation

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