Game Theoretic Modeling of Zero-Rating Internet Provisioning
Zero-rating Internet is the concept of allowing end-users to access the basic services of some websites via mobile network operators (MNOs) without charge. More specifically, the MNO does not subtract data usage of zero-rated services from the end-users’ data quota.
Sponsored content (i.e., sponsored data) is a similar context to zero-rating, where the end-users still get access to some websites and contents for free or with a discount. However, unlike zero-rating, in sponsored content the websites pay the cost of the sponsored contents’ bandwidth to the MNOs.
A zero-rating platform is a relaying service which allows websites to easily make their content available as zero-rating through the platform.
Websites such as Facebook, Google, and Wikipedia have been providing zero-rating access of their services (e.g., Facebook Zero, Google Free Zone, Wikipedia Zero) with...
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