Interconnection agreements between competing internet service providers

Rajiv Dewan, Marshall Freimer, Pavan Gundepudi

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Abstract

The wide area networks, which make up the infrastructure of the Internet, connect at peering points that are either publicly or privately owned. Public peering points have become increasingly congested and offer poor connectivity and availability. Consequently, private agreements for increased interconnection capacity between network firms have become common. These agreements affect the quality of service and profits of the networks in different ways. To examine these issues, we construct a model of the economy in which two networks with different number of hosts are serving the same region and customers pick the network that offers them the most net benefit. We find that the network that hosts more content prefers a lower interconnection capacity than the other network. Consumers on that network see an increase in the congestion of their home network as a larger number of users from the other network gain easier access with an increase in interconnection capacity. On the other hand, consumers on the network with fewer hosts benefit greatly from increases in peering point capacity from private agreements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2000
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)0769504930
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2000 - Maui, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2000Jan 7 2000

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2000-January
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference33rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui
Period1/4/001/7/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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