A1 Journal article (refereed)
Incentive Mechanism for Resource Allocation in Wireless Virtualized Networks with Multiple Infrastructure Providers (2020)

Chang, Z., Zhang, D., Hämäläinen, T., Han, Z., & Ristaniemi, T. (2020). Incentive Mechanism for Resource Allocation in Wireless Virtualized Networks with Multiple Infrastructure Providers. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 19(1), 103-115. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMC.2018.2889046

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All authors or editorsChang, Zheng; Zhang, Di; Hämäläinen, Timo; Han, Zhu; Ristaniemi, Tapani

Journal or seriesIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing



Publication year2020


Issue number1

Pages range103-115

PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66686


To accommodate the explosively growing demands for mobile traffic service, wireless network virtualization is proposed as the main evolution towards 5G. In this work, a novel contract theoretic incentive mechanism is proposed to study how to manage the resources and provide services to the users in the wireless virtualized networks. We consider that the infrastructure providers (InPs) own the physical networks and the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has the service information of the users and needs to lease the physical radio resources for providing services. In particular, we utilize the contract theoretic approach to model the resource trading process between the MVNO and multiple InPs. Two scenarios are considered according to whether the information (such as the radio resource they can provide) of the InPs are globally known. Subsequently, the corresponding optimal contracts regarding the user association and transmit power allocation are derived to maximize the payoff of the MVNOs while maintaining the requirements of the InPs in the trading process. To evaluate the proposed scheme, extensive simulation studies are conducted. It can be observed that the proposed contract theoretic approach can effectively stimulate InPs’ participation, improve the payoff of the MVNO, and outperform other schemes.

Keywordsresourcingwireless networksresourcesresource allocationincentives

Free keywordswireless virtualized network; contract theory; power allocation; user association

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Reporting Year2020

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