Tube: Time-dependent pricing for mobile data

Sangtae Ha, Soumya Sen, Carlee Joe-Wong, Youngbin Im, Mung Chiang

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Abstract

The two largest U.S. wireless ISPs have recently moved towards usage-based pricing to better manage the growing demand on their networks. Yet usage-based pricing still requires ISPs to over-provision capacity for demand at peak times of the day. Time-dependent pricing (TDP) addresses this problem by considering when a user consumes data, On addition to how much is used. We present the architecture, implementation, and a user trial of an end-to-end TDP system called TUBE. TUBE creates a price-based feedback control loop between an ISP and its end users. On the ISP side, it computes TDP prices so as to balance the cost of congestion during peak periods with that of offering lower prices in less congested periods. On mobile devices, it provides a graphical user interface that allows users to respond to the offered prices either by themselves or using an "autopilot" mode. We conducted a pilot TUBE trial with 50 iPhone or iPad 3G data users, who were charged according to our TDP algorithms. Our results show that TDP benefits both operators and customers, flattening the temporal fluctuation of demand while allowing users to save money by choosing the time and volume of their usage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2012 and Best Papers of the Co-located Workshops
Pages247-258
Number of pages12
Edition4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventAnnual Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication on the Applications, Technologies, Architectures, and Protocols for Computer Communication, ACM SIGCOMM 2012 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Aug 13 2012Aug 17 2012

Publication series

NameComputer Communication Review
Number4
Volume42
ISSN (Print)0146-4833
ISSN (Electronic)1943-5819

Other

OtherAnnual Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication on the Applications, Technologies, Architectures, and Protocols for Computer Communication, ACM SIGCOMM 2012
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period8/13/128/17/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Time-dependent pricing
  • User trial
  • Wireless

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    Ha, S., Sen, S., Joe-Wong, C., Im, Y., & Chiang, M. (2012). Tube: Time-dependent pricing for mobile data. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2012 and Best Papers of the Co-located Workshops (4 ed., pp. 247-258). (Computer Communication Review; Vol. 42, No. 4). https://doi.org/10.1145/2377677.2377723