Economic Models of Communication Networks

  • Jean Walrand

Standard performance evaluations of communication networks focus on the technology layer where protocols define precise rules of operations. Those studies assume a model of network utilization and of network characteristics and derive performance measures. However, performance affects how users utilize the network. Also, investments by network providers affect performance and consequently network utilization. We call the actions of users and network providers the “economic layer” of the network because their decisions depend largely on economic incentives. The economic and technology layers interact in a complex way and they should be studied together. This tutorial explores economic models of networks that combine the economic and technology layers.


Nash Equilibrium Content Provider Internet Service Provider Network Neutrality Congestion Game 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Walrand
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  1. 1.Department of EECSUniversity of California at BerkeleyUSA

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