Business School

Our research group

PING conducts research on cutting-edge problems in telecommunications network competition, dynamic spectrum access, bandwidth-on-demand markets, and next-generation broadband economics.

The Pricing in Next-Generation Networks (PING) research group was established in 2004 to bundle research activities related to pricing and resource allocation mechanisms in telecommunications networks at the Business School's Department of Information Systems and Operations Management.

Our approach to network pricing and resource allocation

Economics and network engineering provide the foundations to important theories and methodologies applicable to pricing and resource allocation mechanisms that support telecommunications network management and operations.

Pricing and charging schemes have to be well-grounded and attractive in terms of the objectives pursued by either commercial operators of regulators.

The advent of Next-Generation Networks – that is, all-IP networks where quality-of-service play a central role – demands innovative methods to service pricing and optimal resource allocation.

We employ a multidisciplinary approach whereby mathematics and economic theory help substantiate the proposed solutions often trialled on simulated environments such as those provided by agent-based simulation.