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Technoeconomic performance of wireless networks supporting smart mobile devices and services: Evaluation of technology-centric cum marketing performance indicators

  • Perambur S. Neelakanta
  • Aziz U. Noori
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

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

Abbreviations

Apps

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

CPR

Consistency parameter

DLS

Download speed

ERI

Economics-related index

GPS

Global positioning system

HTTP

Hypertext transfer protocol

IP

Internet protocol

LBF

Langevin-Bernoulli function

LRF

Lichtenecker-Rother formula

LTE

Long term evolution

MPEG-1

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

MSI

Mobile speed index

PCI

Per capita income

POP

Relative population index

P-HTTP: DL

Probability of HTTP download speed

P-UBR

Proportion of downloads at UBR in excess of nominal bit rates

P-UDPS

Probability of successful UDP streaming

P-WPC

Proportion of web page completion

P-3G: ST

Probability of successful 3G transports

P-500: SS

Probability of successful 500 kbps data streaming

QoS

Quality-of-service

RoI

Return-on-Investment

RPI

Relative performance indicator

RTPI

Relative technoeconomic performance index

Telco

Telecommunication company

TFB

Time-to-first-byte

UB/LB

Upper- and lower-bounds

UBR

Unspecified bit rate

UDP

User datagram protocol

ULS

Upload speed

WDLS

Web download speed

W-LB

Wiener lower-bound

W-UB

Wiener upper-bound

WP

Willingness-to-Pay

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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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