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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2018, Article ID 9706813, 9 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/9706813
Research Article

Revenue-Maximizing Radio Access Technology Selection with Net Neutrality Compliance in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks

Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Correspondence should be addressed to Elissar Khloussy; on.untn.meti@yssuolhk

Received 4 October 2017; Revised 21 December 2017; Accepted 8 January 2018; Published 31 January 2018

Academic Editor: Vicente Casares-Giner

Copyright © 2018 Elissar Khloussy and Yuming Jiang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The net neutrality principle states that users should have equal access to all Internet content and that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should not practice differentiated treatment on any of the Internet traffic. While net neutrality aims to restrain any kind of discrimination, it also grants exemption to a certain category of traffic known as specialized services (SS), by allowing the ISP to dedicate part of the resources for the latter. In this work, we consider a heterogeneous LTE/WiFi wireless network and we investigate revenue-maximizing Radio Access Technology (RAT) selection strategies that are net neutrality-compliant, with exemption granted to SS traffic. Our objective is to find out how the bandwidth reservation for SS traffic would be made in a way that allows maximizing the revenue while being in compliance with net neutrality and how the choice of the ratio of reserved bandwidth would affect the revenue. The results show that reserving bandwidth for SS traffic in one RAT (LTE) can achieve higher revenue. On the other hand, when the capacity is reserved across both LTE and WiFi, higher social benefit in terms of number of admitted users can be realized, as well as lower blocking probability for the Internet access traffic.