US Patent No. 9,113,405

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING MULTIPLE TYPES OF CONNECTIONS TO A CORE NETWORK


Patent No. 9,113,405
Issue Date August 18, 2015
Title Methods And Apparatus For Supporting Multiple Types Of Connections To A Core Network
Inventorship Luis Garcia, Aalborg (DK)
Oumer Teyeb, Stockholm (SE)
Simone Redana, Munich (DE)
Vinh Van Phan, Oulu (FI)
Jeroen Wigard, Klarup (DK)
Bernhard Raaf, Neuried (DE)
Assignee Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy, Espoo (FI)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,113,405

1. A method comprising:
receiving a request for connecting a subscriber,
identifying whether the subscriber belongs to a first subscriber group or to a second subscriber group based at least in part
on a priority value assigned to the subscriber, with a higher priority subscriber being assigned to the first group and a
lower priority subscriber being assigned to the second group,

deciding, based on the identification of the subscriber group to which the subscriber belongs, to assign the subscriber to
a first connection route to a core network using a base station configured to act as a home Node B, wherein the base station
is a hybrid base station capable of acting as a home Node B or as a relay node, wherein the first connection route provides
a connection using a wired backhaul, or a second connection route to the core network, wherein the hybrid base station is
configured to act as a relay node, wherein the second connection route provides a connection using a wireless in-band link,
wherein a subscriber belonging to the first group is eligible to be assigned to either the first connection route or to the
second connection route, and wherein a subscriber belonging to the second group is eligible to be assigned only to the second
connection route,

checking available resources on the assigned first connection route or second connection route, and
processing the request in accordance with a result of the resource check.