Vbargain: A Market-Driven Quality Oriented Incentive for Mobile Video Offloading Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 IEEE. With the increasing popularity of video delivery among mobile users, the problem of explosive traffic growth becomes more and more serious for the mobile wireless networks. To deal with this problem, in this paper we propose to exploit opportunistic transmission and the idea of crowdsourcing to offload mobile video traffic. Based on this idea, a Quality of VIDEO (QoV) oriented pricing incentive scheme, namely Vbargain, is proposed to stimulate mobile users to deliver video data collaboratively. More specifically, in our scheme, the network is regarded as a Virtual Market, and the video packets are treated as commodities, which are dynamically priced according to their expected marginal gains on the quality of reconstructed video; the process of video delivery is regarded as a sequence of packet transactions which are modeled as two-person cooperative games. Driven by the profit-hunting nature of mobile users, the video data is delivered from the source to its destination. In order to gain deep insight into our scheme, we also analyze the overhead and the influence of start-up capital on the performance of video delivered theoretically, and give its lower bound and upper bound. Our simulation results, based on both the synthetic and real-life traces of mobile users, verify the efficiency of our scheme and analysis.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, H., Liu, L., Zhan, X. i., & Ma, H.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Wu, Honghai||Liu, Liang||Zhan, Xi||Ma, Huadong

publication date

  • September 2019