US Patent No. 10,973,050

COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, RADIO TERMINAL, AND BASE STATION


Patent No. 10,973,050
Issue Date April 06, 2021
Title Communication Control Method, Radio Terminal, And Base Station
Inventorship Hiroyuki Urabayashi, Yokohama (JP)
Assignee KYOCERA Corporation, Kyoto (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,973,050

1. A communication control method used in a mobile communication system supporting uplink transmission using an unlicensed spectrum, comprising:selecting, by a base station, as a scheme of LBT (Listen-Before-Talk) that a radio terminal needs to apply, one of a first LBT scheme and a second LBT scheme with a shorter LBT time interval than the first LBT scheme;
transmitting, by the base station to the radio terminal, an uplink grant for scheduling a PUSCH transmission in a secondary cell, the uplink grant including information indicating the selected LBT scheme;
performing, by the radio terminal, LBT of the first LBT scheme before the uplink transmission, in response to reception of the uplink grant including the information indicating the first LBT scheme from the base station; and
performing, by the radio terminal, LBT of the second LBT scheme before the uplink transmission, in response to reception of the uplink grant including the information indicating the second LBT scheme from the base station, wherein
the uplink transmission includes a PUSCH transmission in a secondary cell employed in the unlicensed spectrum,
a condition, on which the base station selects the second LBT scheme as the scheme of the LBT that the radio terminal needs to apply, is that another radio terminal is performing the uplink transmission, and
the selecting by the base station comprises:
determining whether the another radio terminal is performing the uplink transmission;
determining whether to satisfy the condition in response to determining whether the another radio terminal is performing the uplink transmission;
selecting the first LBT scheme in response to determining not to satisfy the condition, and
selecting the second LBT scheme in response to determining to satisfy the condition.