Technoeconomic performance of wireless networks supporting smart mobile devices and services: Evaluation of technology-centric cum marketing performance indicators
The scope of this study is to evolve a rational strategy to prescribe a performance measure on the prevailing mobile services and platforms that support emerging smart devices concurrent to traditional incumbents of feature cell phones. It is a motivated effort to judiciously include the economics-related parameters in conjunction with technology-specific details so as to deduce a cohesive performance metric in order to compare the state-of-the-art mobile services and related operations. In relevantly existing strategies, such performance comparison of mobile services is done purely on the basis of technology-dictated parameters on the speed of wireless traffic (in bps). The so-called PCMag.com assessments prescribe thereof, a mobile speed index (MSI) to determine the performance of mobile networks and identify the ”fastest network” that prevails in a service area. However, while deducing such MSI values, the approach pursued does not include any underlying economics-related facts relevant to service areas and/or periods of assessment. Hence, the present study is done to elucidate a coherently viable, technology-cum-economics based performance metric on mobile services in vogue. A technoeconomic parameter is identified thereof, and it is termed as relative technoeconomic performance index (RTPI); hence, a comprehensive comparison is furnished on the MSI values (of PCMag.com) versus the RTPI values pertinent to set of available data. Concluding remarks on the pros and cons of adopting ‘technology-alone’ details (sans economics parameters) in decision-making on relative performance of mobile services (especially in the contexts of supporting smart- and feature-devices) are presented.
KeywordsWireless networks Smart mobile-devices Performance indicators Techno-centric performance Marketing performance Performance metric
An application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices
Global positioning system
Hypertext transfer protocol
Long term evolution
A suite of audio/video standards by moving picture expert group
Mobile speed index
Per capita income
Relative population index
- P-HTTP: DL
Probability of HTTP download speed
Proportion of downloads at UBR in excess of nominal bit rates
Probability of successful UDP streaming
Proportion of web page completion
- P-3G: ST
Probability of successful 3G transports
- P-500: SS
Probability of successful 500 kbps data streaming
Relative performance indicator
Relative technoeconomic performance index
Upper- and lower-bounds
Unspecified bit rate
User datagram protocol
Web download speed
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