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Mobile Station Resells Bandwidth Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004605D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Feb-28
Document File: 4 page(s) / 360K

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Mobile Station Resells Bandwidth

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Mobile Station Resells Bandwidth

Jheroen Dorenbosch, Andrew Hull, James Womack. PF02115NA

An interesting form of e-commerce is the reselling of wireless bandwidth by cellular phones to nearby devices. Figure 1 shows a Mobile Station (MS) that has a packet data connection with a cellular system. The MS is wirelessly connected via Bluetooth, say, with a nearby Terminal Entity (TE) that needs to communicate with the internet, for example. The MS can than provide a link to the Packet Data Network (PDN) and may charge the TE for the delivered services.

Figure 1. A Mobile Station with a packet data connection can sell wireless bandwidth to a nearby Terminal Entity.

The service would be set up in approximately the following way:

1. A TE with a need for connectivity to the PDN or PSTN attaches to at least one MS.

2. The TE communicates with the MS to get information on the cost of a connection of the TE to the PDN/PSTN via the MS. The TE may provide information to the MS regarding type of connection that it needs (QoS, duration, number of bytes all of the above in each direction).

3. The MS specifies a price to the TE for connection services. The MS may also specify its capabilities. The MS may specify a cost schedule for different QoS, duration, volume, etc.

4. The TE agrees with the proposed price, possibly after some negotiation has taken place.

5. The TE communicates to the PDN/PSTN via the MS, using at least part of the bandwidth allocated by the MS's system to the MS.

6. The MS gets compensation from the TE. Obviously there are all the usual steps of authentication and authorization.

Figure 2. A TE that needs to communicate with the PDN or the PSTN solicits prices for connectivity from the MSs in its neighborhood. The MSs base their price on the price of the bandwidth they can get from the system, and on the fraction of that bandwidth that is not used by the MS itself or by already connected devices. The TE then connects via the MS with the best price.

This new way of doing business opens up a number of interesting variations.

The TE contacts more than one MS, and solicits a price quote from each MS. Each MS that can provide the requested service proposes a pricing schedule. The TE selects the MS with the price and capabilities that best match its needs (Figure 2).

The MS can be a stationary or semi-stationary device connected to a (at least one) Wireless LAN or WAN. It may be installed with the only intent to provide services to nearby TEs.

Figure 3. An MS that resells connectivity compares the prices of different Service providers.

The MS may be hooked up to a satellite service provider.

The MS and the TE may both be mobile. The TE could be a Palm Pilot-like device.

The MS and the TE may both be mobile and exchange information on location and velocity (speed and direction). The TE uses this information to compute the expected duration that the communication link can be used in a reliable fashion. If the duration is not sufficient to accomplish a communication task...