US Patent No. 9,325,621

WIRELESS DEVICE OFFLOAD


Patent No. 9,325,621
Issue Date April 26, 2016
Title Wireless Device Offload
Inventorship Suryanarayanan Ramamurthy, Olathe, KS (US)
Talat Jamshidi, Leawood, KS (US)
Rajat Kumar, Woodridge, IL (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,325,621

1. A method of operating a home access node for a home wireless network comprising:
determining that wireless usage in the home access node meets a congestion threshold;
in response to meeting the congestion threshold, communicating an offload request to a roaming access node for a roaming wireless
network requesting that the roaming access node assist with serving a plurality of wireless devices;

receiving a response from the roaming access node indicating that the roaming access node can assist with serving the plurality
of wireless devices; and

directing at least a subset of the plurality of wireless devices to the roaming access node until an offload capacity specified
by the roaming access node is reached;

wherein the home access node and the roaming access node provide wireless communications in overlapping coverage areas.