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 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 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.


Wireless networks Smart mobile-devices Performance indicators Techno-centric performance Marketing performance Performance metric 



An application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices


Consistency parameter


Download speed


Economics-related index


Global positioning system


Hypertext transfer protocol


Internet protocol


Langevin-Bernoulli function


Lichtenecker-Rother formula


Long term evolution


A suite of audio/video standards by moving picture expert group


Mobile speed index


Per capita income


Relative population index


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


Telecommunication company




Upper- and lower-bounds


Unspecified bit rate


User datagram protocol


Upload speed


Web download speed


Wiener lower-bound


Wiener upper-bound




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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, College of Engineering & Computer ScienceFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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