Pricing Communication Networks: Economics, Technology and Modelling covers many important issues in providing new services, the relation between pricing and resource allocation in networks, and the emergence of the Internet and its pricing. It provides a framework of mathematical models for pricing multidimensional contracts with quality of service guarantees, and includes a useful background on network services and contracts, network technology, basic economics, and pricing strategy.
- Provides a broad overview of network services and contracts.
- Includes a primer on modern network technology and the economic concepts relevant to pricing and competition.
- Discusses mathematical models for multiplexing bursty traffic flows, and applies these to measuring network capability and deriving pricing strategies for services with statistical quality guarantees.
- Discusses definitions of cost for communication networks and explains the intricacies of cost–based pricing.
- Explains congestion pricing and its potential applications in the Internet.
- Illustrated throughout by detailed examples and figures.
- Includes coverage of specialist topics, such as regulation, multicasting, interconnection, and auctions.
List of Acronyms.
Pricing and Communications Networks.
Network Services and Contracts.
Network Constraints and Effective Bandwidths.
Charging Guaranteed Services.
Charging Flexible Contracts.
D: SPECIAL TOPICS.
Appendix A: Lagrangian Methods for Constrained Optimization.
Appendix B: Convergence of Tatonnement.