1. A method at a network node, comprising:identifying a fixed periodic pattern to be used for scheduling a half-duplex user equipment, the fixed periodic pattern defining a sequence of at least one downlink subframe, then at least one guard period, and then at least one uplink subframe;
performing downlink assignments for the network node according to the fixed periodic pattern; and
transmitting uplink grants to the user equipment according to the fixed periodic pattern,
wherein the fixed periodic pattern defines a sequence of twelve consecutive subframes, including a downlink subframe followed by a guard subframe, then six uplink subframes, then two guard subframes, and then two downlink subframes.