A study on shared and non-shared billing for mobile service

Jo Ching Wu, Yi-Bing Lin, Yun-Wei Lin, Yung Ching Wang, Bo Ting Lin, Wan Hsun Hu

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Abstract

In this paper, we study on the price comparison between shared plan and non-shared plan for mobile service. A non-shared data plan is a traditional data plan for a single user with a limited monthly data allowance. A shared data plan allows a user to add different devices to one inclusive plan and receive one bill at the end of every month, which the monthly data allowance is shared by a group of users across multiple devices. Each data plan is charged by a fixed price for a monthly data allowance and there will be an extra charge if a user consumes more than the monthly data allowance. Therefore, the charged price is affected by the user's behaviors. We study the users' behaviors by observing the measured data from Chunghwa Telecom and derive stochastic models for shared plan and non-shared plan to evaluate monthly prices based on different users' behaviors. We recommend the most appropriate plan for a group of users based on users' behaviors. On the other hand, mobile operators can attract more customers and earn more profit. We show that the shared plan is a 'win-win' plan for users and operators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th Asia-Pacific Network Operations and Management Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationManaging a Very Connected World, APNOMS 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ChapterP2-16
Pages483-486
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9784885522963
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Aug 2015
Event17th Asia-Pacific Network Operations and Management Symposium, APNOMS 2015 - Busan, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 19 Aug 201521 Aug 2015

Publication series

Name17th Asia-Pacific Network Operations and Management Symposium: Managing a Very Connected World, APNOMS 2015

Conference

Conference17th Asia-Pacific Network Operations and Management Symposium, APNOMS 2015
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityBusan
Period19/08/1521/08/15

Keywords

  • charging factor
  • shared data
  • users' behaviors

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