US Patent No. 10,219,280

MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ALLOCATING SYSTEM INFORMATION AMONG VIRTUAL CARRIERS FOR MACHINE-TYPE COMMUNICATIONS


Patent No. 10,219,280
Issue Date February 26, 2019
Title Mobile Communication Device And Method For Allocating System Information Among Virtual Carriers For Machine-type Communications
Inventorship Matthew Webb, London (GB)
Dimitris Koulakiotis, Limassol (CY)
Hideji Wakabayashi, Reading (GB)
Yuichi Morioka, Reading (GB)
Stephen Truelove, Ambleside (GB)
Assignee SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,219,280

1. A communications device comprising:circuitry configured to:
transmit signals representing data to a mobile communications network via a wireless access interface provided by one or more network elements of the mobile communications network; and
receive the signals representing the data from the mobile communications network via the wireless access interface provided by the one or more network elements of the mobile communications network, wherein
the wireless access interface is configured to:
provide a plurality of communications resources across a host frequency range of a host carrier,
provide a first section of the communications resources within a first frequency range for preferable allocation to reduced capability devices forming a first reduced bandwidth carrier, and
provide a second section of the communications resources within a second frequency range for preferable allocation to the reduced capability devices forming a second reduced bandwidth carrier, wherein
each of the first frequency range and the second frequency range are within the host frequency range, wherein
the signals are received only within a frequency bandwidth that is less than the host frequency range and equal to at least one of the first frequency range and the second frequency range,
the wireless access interface includes a plurality of time divided sub-frames, and at least one of the sub-frames includes a part of the sub-frame for communicating first signaling data to reduced capability devices, wherein the first signaling data identifies an index of one or more of the communications resources from which the communications device can receive common system information,
the common system information provides information that is common to one or more other reduced capability devices, wherein the common system information is valid for use by the communications device beyond the sub-frame,
the common system information is provided in a middle region of the communications resources that exists between the communications resources of the first reduced bandwidth carrier and the communications resources of the second reduced bandwidth carrier, wherein the communications resources of the first reduced bandwidth carrier and the communications resources of the second reduced bandwidth carrier are isolated from all communications resources of the middle region,
the part of the sub-frame for communicating the first signaling data is formed from communications resources of a reduced bandwidth carrier control region of one of the first frequency range of the first reduced bandwidth carrier or the second frequency range of the second reduced bandwidth carrier, wherein the reduced bandwidth carrier control region of the first reduced bandwidth carrier or the second reduced bandwidth carrier follows in time a control region of shared communications resources across the host frequency range of the host carrier, spans an entirety of a bandwidth of the first reduced bandwidth carrier or the second reduced bandwidth carrier, and does not span an entirety of a timeslot occupied by the first reduced bandwidth carrier or the second reduced bandwidth carrier, and wherein the first signaling data is configured to identify the middle region as a location of the index of the common system information, and identify a region within the first reduced bandwidth carrier or the second reduced bandwidth carrier as a location of control information specific to the first reduced bandwidth carrier or the second reduced bandwidth carrier, and
the circuitry is further configured to receive the first signaling data from the part of the sub-frame, and receive the common system information from the one or more communications resources identified by the first signaling data.