US Patent No. 10,219,304

OPERATING A TERMINAL DEVICE IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM


Patent No. 10,219,304
Issue Date February 26, 2019
Title Operating A Terminal Device In A Wireless Communication System
Inventorship Rickard Ljung, Helsingborg (SE)
Assignee Sony Corporation, Tokyo (JP) Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,219,304

1. A method for operating a terminal device of a wireless communication system, the terminal device being connected to a base station of the wireless communication system, wherein the method comprises:providing an intermediate node functionality at the terminal device, the intermediate node functionality being configured to forward communication data received from the base station to a further terminal device and to forward communication data received from the further terminal device to the base station;
detecting, by the terminal device, the further terminal device via a direct radio communication between the terminal device and the further terminal device, wherein the further terminal device is located within a radio range of the terminal device, wherein detecting the further terminal device comprises receiving a message from the further terminal device indicating that the further terminal device is not within the radio range of the base station;
requesting, by the terminal device, permission from the base station to activate the intermediate node functionality;
receiving from the base station the permission to activate the intermediate node functionality; and
upon receiving the permission from the base station, activating the intermediate node functionality at the terminal device.