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Price differentiation for communication networks
01-05-2014, 02:25 PM,
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Price differentiation for communication networks
Abstract:

We study the optimal usage-based pricing problem in a resource-constrained network with one profit-maximizing service provider and multiple groups of surplus-maximizing users. With the assumption that the service provider knows the utility function of each user (thus complete information), we find that the complete price differentiation scheme can achieve a large revenue gain (e.g., 50%) compared to no price differentiation, when the total network resource is comparably limited and the high willingness to pay users are minorities. However, the complete price differentiation scheme may lead to a high implementational complexity. To trade off the revenue against the implementational complexity, we further study the partial price differentiation scheme, and design a polynomial-time algorithm that can compute the optimal partial differentiation prices. We also consider the incomplete information case where the service
Provider does not know which group each user belongs to. We show that it is still possible to realize price differentiation under this scenario, and provide the sufficient and necessary condition under which an incentive compatible differentiation scheme can achieve the same revenue as under complete information.









EXISTING SYSTEM:


some previous work that considered a flat-fee pricing scheme where the payment does not depend on the resource consumption , here we study the revenue maximization problem with the linear usage-based pricing schemes, where a user’s total payment is linearly proportional to allocated resource.Existing work does not acheive the below things1)How to design simple pricing schemes to achieve the best tradeoff between complexity and performance?2) How does the network information structure impact the design of pricing schemes?.


PROPOSED SYSTEM:

In this paper, we focus on studying the “economics-based” pricing schemes for managing communication networks.Economists have proposed many sophisticated pricing mechanisms to extract surpluses from the consumers and maximize revenue (or profits) for the providers. A typical example is the optimal nonlinear pricing. In practice,however, we often observe simple pricing schemes deployed
by the service providers. Typical examples include flat-fee pricing and (piecewise) linear usage-based pricing. One potential reason behind the gap between “theory” and “practice” is that the optimal pricing schemes derived in economics often has a high implementational complexity. Besides a higher maintenance cost, complex pricing schemes are not “customer friendly” and discourage customers from using the services. Furthermore, achieving the highest possible revenue often with complicated pricing schemes requires knowing the information (identity and preference) of each customer, which can be challenging in large scale communication networks.



Modules :
1. Registration
2. Login
3. Complete Pricing
4. Partial Pricing
5. No Prising

Modules Description

Registration:
In this module Customer or User have to register first,then only he/she has to access the network.

Login:
In this module,the above mentioned person have to login,they should login by giving their emailid and password .

Complete Pricing:
In this module we are giving three options for User(for example-Normal user(pay-free user),Partial Premium User and Premium User.In Normal user mode,there is revenue gain for service provider.Only usage charges.In Partial Premium user the user has to pay for using some additional features of the network.Premium user only has to utilize the whole features of the network.So the revenue gain for the service provider is more when compared to the Partial Pricing network.


Partial Pricing:
In this module we are giving two options for User(for example-Normal user(pay-free user),Partial Premium User.In Normal user mode,there is revenue gain for service provider.Only usage charges.In Partial Premium user the user has to pay for using some additional features of the network.So the revenue gain for the service provider is more when compared to the No Pricing network and revenue gain for the service provider is less when compared to the revenue gain from the Complete Pricing.



No Pricing:
In this module there is no pay for the users and there is no gain for service provider as well.Only usage charges.So the revenue gain for the service provider is low when compared to the other two types of networks we are mentioned above.
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