Mobile tethering: overview, perspectives and challengess

Mihai Constantinescu, Ertan Onur, Yunus Durmus, Shahrokh Nikou, Mark de Reuver, Harry Bouwman, Miodrag Djurica, Philipp Maria Glatz
  • Info, May 2014, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/info-05-2013-0033

Mobile tethering

What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to analyze mobile tethering from technological and social perspectives. Mobile tethering allows us to share cellular data connection with others over WiFi, Bluetooth or USB. Although the technology is ready and has promising outcomes, service providers and the users still keep their distance. Therefore, the incentives for the users and service providers should be identified.

Why is it important?

The research shows that although energy, bandwidth and security are important technical challenges, users are mainly concerned about social aspects, such as with whom the connection will be shared, rather than monetary issues. Mobile tethering is a viable cooperative service, only when users are familiar with the person with whom the data connection is being shared.


Dr. Shahrokh Nikou
Abo Akademi

For technology developers, both the key technical issues and the concerns of the consumers are highlighted. Future applications must contain reliable security and privacy protocols in their design. Moreover, the significance of the social networks is shown in the decision-making of the use of mobile tethering, especially with respect to the credit exchange.

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