(19)
(11)EP 1 365 523 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
21.12.2005 Bulletin 2005/51

(43)Date of publication A2:
26.11.2003 Bulletin 2003/48

(21)Application number: 03101373.3

(22)Date of filing:  16.05.2003
(51)Int. Cl.7H04B 7/185, H04B 7/26
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HU IE IT LI LU MC NL PT RO SE SI SK TR
Designated Extension States:
AL LT LV MK

(30)Priority: 22.05.2002 FI 20020964

(71)Applicant: Nokia Corporation
02150 Espoo (FI)

(72)Inventors:
  • Weckström, Mikko
    00400 Helsinki (FI)
  • Niemenmaa, Jarko
    02620 Espoo (FI)
  • Martikkala, Risto
    90800 Oulu (FI)

(74)Representative: Antila, Harri Jukka Tapani 
Kolster Oy Ab, P.O. Box 148, Iso Roobertinkatu 23
00121 Helsinki
00121 Helsinki (FI)

  


(54)Method of controlling a satellite communication system, a timing unit, and a control unit of a timing unit


(57) A method of controlling a satellite communication system, a timing unit, and a control unit of a timing unit. The method comprises dividing the coverage area of the satellite communication system into one or several geographical areas; positioning one or several timing units in at least one geographical area; determining which of the satellites of the satellite communication system are visible in each particular geographical area; controlling the timing unit with a control unit, in order to minimize the time difference within the system, to listen to one or several satellites visible in each particular geographical area, the signals received from the satellites by the timing unit fulfilling a predetermined condition; synchronizing a predetermined number of geographical areas with each other by means of the control unit of the system such that the time difference within the system is minimized in a predetermined combination area of geographical areas.