Volunteer Computing Model Prospects in Performance Data Gathering for Broadband Policy Formulation
Communications and Strategies, No. 81, pp. 153-174, 2011
22 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2012
Date Written: March 21, 2011
The recent unprecedented growth of telecom facilities has offered the Internet users in most Asian countries a flavour of broadband. Yet, despite rosy promises by telcos, the user experience has often been less than ideal. These challenges can only be overcome by right policy decisions based on evidences. Thus, monitoring the broadband Quality of Service Experience (QoSE) becomes more than an attempt to ensure quality delivery and create a basis for policy formulation.
The first approach to monitoring QoSE, is the regulator reaching deep into the innards of the telecom network to install monitoring equipment and taking remedial actions, specified under the licenses or the governing statute, when the data indicate below-standard performance. Dearth of financial and human resources can be the key challenge in such a direct approach. The second approach is based largely on user activism, where educated users voluntarily contribute their time and computing resources towards building a performance database which in turn will be used in creating the bigger picture. A comprehensive methodology to benchmark Broadband Quality of Service Experience (QoSE), based on the latter approach has been developed jointly by LIRNEasia and TeNet group of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. This methodology uses ATTester, an open source based software tool to monitor all crucial QoSE broadband metrics over a longer period, on both week days and week days covering peak as well as off peak traffic. The traffic is also monitored within segments, ISP, local and international. The methodology adapts the concept of Volunteer Computing (or Public Service Computing). The paper analyses how this approach could be used in broadband policy formulation.
Keywords: Broadband, quality of service, volunteer computing
JEL Classification: C81, C80, C88, C89
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