US Patent No. 10,694,495

PAGING RELATED METHODS AND APPARATUS


Patent No. 10,694,495
Issue Date June 23, 2020
Title Paging Related Methods And Apparatus
Inventorship Maulik Vaidya, Palmdale, CA (US)
Curt Wong, Bellevue, WA (US)
Yildirim Sahin, Englewood, CO (US)
Amitav Mukherjee, Elk Grove, CA (US)
Assignee Charter Communications Operation, LLC, St. Louis, MO (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,694,495

1. A method of operating a communications system including at least one base station that uses unlicensed spectrum, the method comprising:receiving, at a first base station, a first paging request from a network node, used to control paging of user equipment (UE) devices, said first paging request being a request to page a first UE device;
operating the first base station to perform a paging operation to page the first UE device using unlicensed spectrum;
operating the first base station to determine whether said paging operation was successful or unsuccessful, said step of determining whether said paging operation was successful or unsuccessful including determining, at said first base station, if a paging signal was transmitted to said first UE device as part of said paging operation;
wherein said step of determining whether said paging operation was successful or unsuccessful includes determining that said paging operation was unsuccessful, the method further comprising:
operating the first base station to communicate a paging response to the network node in response to said first paging request indicating that the paging operation was unsuccessful and indicating a reason why said paging operation was unsuccessful, said indicated reason being different if a paging signal was transmitted to said first UE device as part of said paging operation than when a signal is not transmitted to the first UE device as part of said paging operation.