US Patent No. 10,142,976

USER EQUIPMENT GROUPING AND COMMON CONTROL SIGNALING TO USER EQUIPMENT GROUPS


Patent No. 10,142,976
Issue Date November 27, 2018
Title User Equipment Grouping And Common Control Signaling To User Equipment Groups
Inventorship Thorsten Schier, Kista (SE)
Patrick Svedman, Kista (SE)
Aijun Cao, Kista (SE)
Yonghong Gao, Kista (SE)
Jan Johansson, Kista (SE)
Bojidar Hadjiski, Kista (SE)
Assignee ZTE TX INC., Plano, TX (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,142,976

1. A method of scheduling a group of user equipment devices (UE's), comprising:grouping a plurality of UE's together thereby forming a UE group;assigning a group identifier to said UE group;notifying said UE group of said group identifier;encoding a control channel with said group identifier; andtransmitting said control channel with said group identifier to said UE group, wherein said transmitting said control channel comprises transmitting a common control command to each UE of said UE group,
wherein each of said UE's of said UE group is associated with a macro cell including a plurality of low power nodes (LPN's) associated with a single macro base station, wherein at least one UE of said UE group is configured to send an uplink signal to more than one of said LPN's and said macro base station, and wherein said plurality of LPN's share a same cell identification.