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Internet Economics: the Impact of Price and Service Differentiations
Date: 2017/5/5             Browse: 528
Speaker:  Richard T. B. Ma
Time:        May 5, 3:00 pm – 4:00pm.
Location:  Room 1A-200, SIST Building
Inviter:    Prof.Yanlin Geng

Today’s Internet has evolved into an ecosystem of around 50,000 autonomous systems (ASs) and commercial Internet service providers (ISPs). Driven by bandwidth-intensive video applications and pervasive access via mobile devices, Internet inter-domain traffic is expected to grow more than 100% per annum. To sustain such rapid traffic growth, ISPs need to upgrade infrastructures and expand capacities; however, their revenues and capitalizations have stagnated as investors weigh high capital requirements against continued profit margin pressure. In this talk, we will discuss various service differentiation strategies used by ISPs, analyze their impacts on the entire Internet ecosystem, and derive policy implications for the industry.


Richard T. B. Ma (SM’16) received the B.Sc. degree (Hons.) in computer science and the M.Phil. degree in computer science and engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2002 and2004, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, in 2010. He was a Research Intern with the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY, and Telefonica Research, Barcelona. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore. His current research interests include distributed systems and network economics. He was a co-recipient of the best paper award in the IEEE Workshop on Smart Data Pricing 2015, the IEEE ICNP 2014, and the IEEE IC2E 2013.


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