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Charging for differentiated Internet services
Author(s): Burkhard Stiller; Jan Gerke; Hasan Hasan; Peter Reichl; Placi Flury
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Paper Abstract

Internet communications today play a major role in data transport within the local as well as the wide area. On one hand, since emerging networked applications require a variety of different communication services, the number of service classes offered by service providers has to be targeted at this demand. On the other hand, assuming that a set of different traffic classes are offered by service providers, the 'right' incentives have to be provided, ensuring that applications or their users select the most appropriate traffic class. Even though users are considered to be selective, they intend to chose that class which offers the best available Quality-of-Service (QoS), as long as the price to be paid does not exceed their willingness-to-pay. Therefore, charging for differentiated Internet services is important in a commercialized Internet. The current Internet does not cater for charging at all, since the technology required, the pricing models going beyond a flat-fee approach, and the appropriate efficiency in technical as well as economic terms are still missing on a global basis. This paper outlines the major problems for charging Internet services and describes briefly an important new solution for a pricing approach, which solves the Internet pricing feasibility problem. Based on these preconditions an Internet Charging System (ICS) is introduced, focusing mainly on its leading characteristics and its generic approach to instantiate for a given scenario.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4526, Scalability and Traffic Control in IP Networks, (25 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434400
Show Author Affiliations
Burkhard Stiller, ETH Zuerich (Germany)
Jan Gerke, ETH Zuerich (Switzerland)
Hasan Hasan, ETH Zuerich (Switzerland)
Peter Reichl, Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien (Austria)
Placi Flury, ETH Zuerich (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4526:
Scalability and Traffic Control in IP Networks
Sonia Fahmy; Kihong Park, Editor(s)

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