Per-packet pricing scheme for IP networks

Y Elovici, Y Ben-Shimol, A Shabtai

10th International Conference on Telecommunications, 2003. ICT 2003. 2, 1494 …, 2003

In this paper, we present a new pricing scheme for IP networks, in which the payment is collected on a per-packet basis on each router on the packet path. The DiffServ protocol is used to carry the users’ required services level. The proposed pricing scheme is analyzed by using network simulations for four scenarios. The first illustrated, which is well known, is that users pay for a certain service level and might receive a lower service level from the network or service providers, especially when the network is congested. The second is a new pricing scheme in which users pay for the actual network service level he or she gets, that is, a lower price for reduced service level during the communication session. The third enhances our scheme such that each router changes its price for each service level with relation to its own congestion for the specific output port. The last further enhances the scheme by enabling the …