• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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Optimal Price Strategy Selection for MVNOs in Spectrum Sharing: An Evolutionary Game Approach


Abstract

The optimal price strategy selection of two bounded rational cognitive mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in a duopoly spectrum sharing market is investigated. The bounded rational operators dynamically compete to sell the leased spectrum to secondary users in order to maximize their profits. Meanwhile, the secondary users’ heterogeneous preferences to rate and price are taken into consideration. The evolutionary game theory (EGT) is employed to model the dynamic price strategy selection of the MVNOs taking into account the response of the secondary users. The behavior dynamics and the evolutionary stable strategy (ESS) of the operators are derived via replicated dynamics. Furthermore, a reward and punishment mechanism is developed to optimize the performance of the operators. Numerical results show that the proposed evolutionary algorithm is convergent to the ESS, and the incentive mechanism increases the profits of the operators. It may provide some insight about the optimal price strategy selection for MVNOs in the next generation cognitive wireless networks.


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[IEEE Style]
Shasha Zhao, Qi Zhu and Hongbo Zhu, "Optimal Price Strategy Selection for MVNOs in Spectrum Sharing: An Evolutionary Game Approach," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 6, no. 12, pp. 3133-3151, 2012. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2012.12.006

[ACM Style]
Zhao, S., Zhu, Q., and Zhu, H. 2012. Optimal Price Strategy Selection for MVNOs in Spectrum Sharing: An Evolutionary Game Approach. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 6, 12, (2012), 3133-3151. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2012.12.006