Network quality differentiation: Regional effects, market entrance, and empirical testability

Toni Mäki, Patrick Zwickl, Martín Varela

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While for offline business models it does not seem necessary to reiterate the close relationship between quality and price, for Internet services the quality-based, i.e., Quality of Experience (QoE), and customer-centric pricing is non-trivial. As insufficient data exists today to successfully commercialise QoE, this paper collects the integral empirical Willingness-To-Pay (WTP) data for the case of online video services. This work reproduces and extends a previous study in two dedicated campaigns in Austria and Finland. The campaigns study QoE and WTP related to Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH). They also confirm or disprove previous studies, openly share the data, and provide empirical background information on the purchasing behavior of customers. Due to the testing at two locations, we can further first time study whether cultural or regional differences affect the purchasing behaviors of such services. Additionally this paper gives insights and updated methodological guidance on conducting future WTP studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFIP Networking Conference (IFIP Networking) and Workshops, 2016
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-9018-8283-8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIFIP Networking 2016 Conference - University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 17 May 201619 May 2016


ConferenceIFIP Networking 2016 Conference
Abbreviated titleNetworking 2016


  • Pricing
  • Streaming media
  • Testing
  • Motion pictures
  • Libraries
  • TV


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