(19)
(11)EP 2 293 605 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
09.11.2016 Bulletin 2016/45

(21)Application number: 10009104.0

(22)Date of filing:  01.09.2010
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04W 4/06(2009.01)
H04W 72/00(2009.01)

(54)

Method of handling multimedia broadcast and multicast service transmission and reception and related communication device

Verfahren zur Abwicklung der Übertragung und des Empfangs eines Multimedia-Broadcast- und -Multicast-Dienstes und zugehörige Kommunikationsvorrichtung

Procédé de gestion de transmission et de réception de service multidiffusion multimédia et dispositif de communication associé


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 02.09.2009 US 239067 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
09.03.2011 Bulletin 2011/10

(73)Proprietor: HTC Corporation
Taoyuan City 330 (TW)

(72)Inventor:
  • Wu, Chih-Hsiang
    Taoyuan City Taoyuan County 330 (TW)

(74)Representative: Wagner, Karl H. 
Wagner & Geyer Gewürzmühlstrasse 5
80538 Munich
80538 Munich (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 1 983 702
WO-A1-2009/078152
WO-A2-2008/153302
WO-A1-2009/053879
WO-A2-2008/023928
WO-A2-2009/049167
  
  • ETSI MCC: 3GPP DRAFT; R2-095359_REPORT_RAN2_66BIS_LOS ANGELES, 3RD GENERATION PARTNERSHIP PROJECT (3GPP), MOBILE COMPETENCE CENTRE ; 650, ROUTE DES LUCIOLES ; F-06921 SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS CEDEX ; FRANCE, no. Shenzhen, China; 20090824, 4 August 2009 (2009-08-04), XP050389806, [retrieved on 2009-08-31]
  • "LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN); Overall description; Stage 2 (3GPP TS 36.300 version 8.9.0 Release 8)", TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION, EUROPEAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS INSTITUTE (ETSI), 650, ROUTE DES LUCIOLES ; F-06921 SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS ; FRANCE, no. V8.9.0, 1 July 2009 (2009-07-01), XP014044751,
  
Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description

Background of the Invention


1. Field of the Invention



[0001] The present invention relates to a method used in a wireless communications system and related communication device, and more particularly, to a method of handling multimedia broadcast multicast service transmission and reception in a wireless communications system and related communication device.

2. Description of the Prior Art



[0002] A long-term evolution (LTE) system, initiated by the third generation partnership project (3GPP), is now being regarded as a new radio interface and radio network architecture that provides a high data rate, low latency, packet optimization, and improved system capacity and coverage. In the LTE system, a radio access network known as an evolved universal terrestrial radio access network (E-UTRAN) includes a plurality of evolved Node-Bs (eNBs) for communicating with a plurality of user equipments (UEs) and communicates with a core network including a mobility management entity (MME), serving gateway, etc for NAS (Non Access Stratum) control. A long term evolution-advanced (LTE-A) system, as its name implies, is an evolution of the LTE system, with carrier aggregation and relay deployment. The carrier aggregation, where two or more component carriers are aggregated, allows a UE of the LTE-A system to simultaneously transmit and receive data via multiple carriers, where the UE of the LTE system can only utilize one carrier for data transmission at any time.

[0003] The component carriers of the LTE-A system includes three types: backwards compatible carrier, non-backwards compatible carrier and extension carrier. The backwards compatible carrier is a carrier accessible to UEs of all LTE releases, e.g. the UE of release 8, 9, or 10 (Rel-8/9/10). The non-backwards compatible carrier is a carrier not accessible to UEs of earlier LTE releases, but accessible to UEs of the release defining such a carrier. The extension carrier is a carrier that is not operated stand-alone, but must be a part of a component carrier set where at least one of the carriers in the set is a stand-alone-capable carrier.

[0004] In the E-UTRAN, multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS) can be provided on a frequency layer dedicated to MBMS (a set of cells dedicated to MBMS transmission i.e. a set of "MBMS dedicated cells") and/or on a frequency layer shared with non-MBMS services (a set of cells supporting both unicast and MBMS transmissions i.e. a set of "Unicast/MBMS mixed cells"). In both cases, a single frequency network mode of operation is possible for MBMS transmission, known as MBSFN. The MBMS reception is possible for the UE in RRC_CONNECTED or RRC_IDLE states.

[0005] An MBSFN synchronization area is an area of the network where all eNBs can be synchronized and perform MBSFN transmissions. The MBSFN synchronization area is capable of supporting one or more MBSFN Areas. On a given frequency layer, an eNB can only belong to one MBSFN synchronization area.

[0006] An MBSFN area consists of a group of cells within an MBSFN Synchronization Area of a network, which are coordinated to achieve an MBSFN Transmission. Except for the MBSFN Area Reserved Cells, all cells within an MBSFN Area contribute to the MBSFN Transmission and advertise its availability. A cell within an MBSFN Synchronization Area belongs to only one MBSFN Area for all MBMS services.

[0007] Subframe allocation reserved for MBSFN transmission can be transferred by a system information block 2 (SIB2), including parameters of the number of subframe for the MBSFN transmission and related radio frame period and offset.

[0008] The eNB can allocate MBSFN subframes and signals the MBSFN allocation to the UE in the abovementioned manner only concerning one single component carrier case (e.g. in the LTE system or only one component carrier enabled in a LTE-A UE). However, the LTE-A UE can simultaneously have multiple component carriers enabled and the component carriers may be enabled as different types of component carriers (e.g. backwards, non-backwards or extension types). Thus, the following scenario may occur. A UE having enabled carrier aggregation considers a MBSFN allocation applied to an extension carrier, but the network does not. In this situation, the UE does not receive downlink data (unicast data) in subframes whose subframe times correspond to the MBSFN subframes times in the extension carrier. However, the network does transmit the downlink data in the subframes, and therefore data loss occurs.

[0009] In addition, when the UE capable of transmitting and receiving data on m component carriers receives MBMS services on a MBMS dedicated component carrier, how the UE performs data access and deals with the on-going MBMS service reception is not concerned. Furthermore, the network may simultaneously serve UEs of different LTE system versions, e.g. a release 8, 9 or 10 UE (Rel-8/9/10 UE) and therefore UE management for the UEs should be concerned when deploying resources (e.g. cell/component carrier/frequency layer) for the MBMS service. Or the Rel-8 or Rel-9 UE may camp on a cell of an MBMS dedicated frequency due to cell selection or reselection. However, the cell of MBMS dedicated frequency does not support unicast data transmission/reception such that the UE cannot transmit or receive unicast data, e.g. data related to a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) call.

[0010] WO 2008/153302 A2 relates to communicating between a network and a mobile terminal in a wireless communication system, including receiving a message from the network for announcing a service. The message includes an attribute for identifying whether the service is to be received according to a specific mode. The specific mode is a mode wherein information is communicated on a frequency having no associated uplink service. The attribute is included in the message according to a session description protocol describing the service. The network preferably indicates to the UE whether a service is transmitted in MBSFN mode or not. Moreover, when the UE wants to receive a service for which it is indicated that the service is transmitted in MBSFN mode via an attribute of SDP, the UE will attempt to receive frequencies operating in MBSFN mode.

Summary of the Invention



[0011] The disclosure therefore provides a method according to claim 1 and related communication device according to claim 5 for handling multimedia broadcast and multicast service (MBMS) transmission and reception, to avoid the abovementioned data loss and resource allocation defect.

[0012] According to the present invention, a method of handling MBMS transmission and reception for a mobile device in a wireless communication system is provided. The method includes enabling a plurality of component carriers, and applying a multi-media broadcast over a single frequency network (MBSFN) allocation on a first enabled component carrier and not on the rest of the enabled component carriers when the mobile device receives the MBSFN allocation on the first enabled component carrier.

[0013] Also disclosed is a method of handling MBMS transmission and reception for a mobile device in a wireless communication system which method includes performing data exchange on a first component carrier when the mobile device receives MBMS data on a MBMS-dedicated component carrier, wherein the first component carrier supports data exchange of non-MBMS data.

[0014] Also disclosed is a method of handling MBMS transmission and reception for a mobile device in a wireless communication system which method includes enabling at least two component carriers for data reception when the mobile device is in a radio resource control idle mode.

[0015] Also disclosed is a method of handling MBMS transmission and reception for a network capable of simultaneously communicating with a mobile device via a plurality of component carriers in a wireless communication system which method includes transmitting configuration information associated with a component carrier of a first type on a component carrier of a second type, wherein the component carrier of the first type and the component carrier of the second type correspond to the mobile device.

[0016] Also disclosed is a method of handling MBMS transmission and reception for a network capable of communicating with a first mobile device of a first system version of a wireless communication system and a second mobile device of a second system version of the wireless communication system which method includes using a component carrier as a MBMS dedicated component carrier, wherein the first mobile device of the first system version supports the component carrier and the second mobile device of the second system version does not support the component carrier.

[0017] According to the present invention, a communication device of a wireless communication system for handling MBMS transmission and reception is disclosed. The communication device includes means for enabling a plurality of component carriers, and means for applying a MBSFN allocation on a first enabled component carrier and not on the rest of the enabled component carriers, when the communication device receives the MBSFN allocation on the first enabled component carrier.

[0018] Also disclosed is a communication device of a wireless communication system for handling MBMS transmission and reception which communication device includes means for enabling a first component carrier and a MBMS-dedicated component carrier, and means for performing data exchange on the first component carrier when the communication device receives MBMS data on the MBMS-dedicated component carrier, wherein the first component carrier supports data exchange of non-MBMS data.

[0019] Also disclosed is a communication device of a wireless communication system for handling MBMS transmission and reception which communication device includes means for entering a radio resource control idle mode, and means for enabling at least two component carriers for data reception when the communication device is in the radio resource control idle mode.

[0020] Also disclosed is a communication device of a wireless communication system for handling MBMS transmission and reception which communication device includes means for configuring a component carrier of a first type and a component carrier of a second type to a mobile device, and means for transmitting configuration information associated with the component carrier of the first type on the component carrier of the second type.

[0021] Also disclosed is a communication device of a wireless communication system for handling MBMS transmission and reception which communication device includes means for communicating with a first mobile device of a first system version of a wireless communication system and a second mobile device of a second system version of the wireless communication system, and means for using a component carrier as a MBMS dedicated component carrier, wherein the first mobile device of the first system version supports the component carrier and the second mobile device of the second system version does not support the component carrier.

[0022] These and other objectives of the present disclosure will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of the preferred example that is illustrated in the various figures and drawings.

Brief Description of the Drawings



[0023] 

Fig. 1 is a schematic diagram of an examplary wireless communications system.

Fig. 2 is a schematic diagram of an examplary communication device.

Fig. 3 is a flowchart of an examplary process.

Fig. 4 is a schematic diagram of component carrier allocation according to Fig. 3.

Fig. 5 is a flowchart of an examplary process.

Fig. 6 is a flowchart of an examplary process.

Figs. 7-10 are schematic diagrams of cell reselections according to Fig. 6.

Fig. 11 is a flowchart of an examplary process.

Fig. 12 is a flowchart of an examplary process.


Detailed Description



[0024] Please refer to Fig. 1, which is a schematic diagram of an examplary wireless communications system 10 (e.g. long term evolution-advanced (LTE-A) system) supporting simultaneous transmission/reception on multiple carriers (e.g. carrier aggregation) for each mobile device. For convenience of explaining the concept of the disclosure, the wireless communications system 10 is illustrated to simpily include a mobile device 12 and cells CE1-CE4. For carrier aggregation, the mobile device 12 enables component carriers CCA1, CCA2 corresponding to CE1, CE2, respectively. The mobile device 12 is referred as to a user equipments (UE) that can be devices such as mobile phones, portable computer systems, etc. The cells CE1, CE3 are multimedia broadcast and multicast service (MBMS) dedicated cells, belonging to multi-media broadcast over a single frequency network (MBSFN) area, and thereby the cells CE1, CE3 may be timely synchronized to provide MBMS service. The cell CE4 is an MBMS dedicated cell belonging to another MBSFN area. Accordingly, the component carriers CCA1 can be regared as an MBMS dedicated component carrier, whereas the component carriers CCA2 can be regared as a non-MBMS dedicated component carrier. The MBMS dedicated cell/component carrier represents a cell/component carrier deidcated for MBMS service only, whereas the non-MBMS dedicated component carrier represents a component carrier for transfer of non-MBMS data, e.g. unicast data or both MBMS data and non-MBMS data. The mobile device 12 may perform cell search for a cell selection/reselection and may find the cell CE3 and/or CE4. The network (e.g. CE1-CE4) and the mobile device 12 may be seen as a transmitter or receiver according to transmission direction, e.g., for uplink (UL), the mobile device 12 is the transmitter and the network is the receiver, and for downlink (DL), the network is the transmitter and the mobile device 12 is the receiver.

[0025] Please refer to FIG. 2, which illustrates a schematic diagram of an examplary communication device 20. The communication device 20 may be the mobile device 12 of Fig. 1 or a network device controlling the cells CE1-CE4 and include a process means 200 such as a microprocessor or ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit), a memory unit 210 and a communication interfacing unit 220. The memory unit 210 may be any data storage device that can store program code 214 for access by the process means 200. Examples of the memory unit 210 include but are not limited to a subscriber identity module (SIM), read-only memory (ROM), random-access memory (RAM), CD-ROMs, magnetic tapes, hard disks, and optical data storage devices. The communication interfacing unit 220 may be preferably a radio transceiver and accordingly exchanges wireless signals with other communication devices according to processing results of the process means 200. The program code 214 may include radio resource control and physical layer configuration for managing multiple component carriers, e.g. carrier aggregation enabling, component carrier activation/deactivation, maximum component carrier number management, etc. Thus, the process means 200 can control the communication interfacing unit 220 to receive signaling/data at certain frequency band(s) and time(s) according to the processing results of the program code 214.

[0026] Please refer to FIG. 3, which is a flowchart of an examplary process 30 that is provided for handling MBMS transmission/reception for a mobile device capable of simultaneously receiving data on maximum to m (m>1) component carriers in a wireless communications system (e.g. the mobile device 12 of Fig. 1). The process 30 may be compiled into the program code 214 and includes the following steps:

Step 300: Start.

Step 302: Enable a plurality of component carriers of the accessible component carriers.

Step 304: Apply an MBSFN allocation on one of the enabled component carriers and not on the rest of the enabled component carriers, when the mobile device receives the MBSFN allocation on the enabled component carrier.

Step 306: End.



[0027] According to the process 30, the UE enables more than component carriers that the network has configured for the UE to access (e.g. to transmit or receive data). When the mobile device receives a MBSFN allocation receives the MBSFN allocation on one of the enabled component carriers, the mobile device applies the MBSFN allocation only on the component carrier. This means that the mobile device may start to receive MBMS service via the component carrier applied with the MBSFN allocation. The rest of the enabled component carriers are not used for MBMS data reception if the mobile device does not receive their corresponding MBSFN allocations. In addition, the mobile device may determine that a subframe of one of the rest of the enabled component carriers (hereinafter called a second enabled component carrier) is not a MBSFN subframe when the mobile device is in a radio resource control connected (RRC_CONNECTED) mode, where a subframe time of the subframe corresponds to a subframe time configured as MBSFN subframe time. The mobile device may receive non-MBMS data (e.g. unicast data) via the second enabled component carrier that may be an extension carrier. The MBSFN allocation may be transferred by a system information block 2 (SIB2), including parameters of the number of subframe for the MBSFN transmission and related radio frame period and offset. A physical layer configuration of the mobile device may include maximum 8 MBSFN allocations. The MBSFN allocation for MBMS data may be further transmitted by another system information block.

[0028] Take an example illustrated in Fig. 4. The mobile device receives a MBSFN allocation configuration on a component carrier CC1 but does not receive a MBSFN allocation configuration on another component carrier CC2. Each radio frame of any component carrier of the mobile device includes 8 subframes. If the MBSFN allocation configuration indicates subframe numbers {1, 5}, the mobile device determines subframes {1, 5} of one or more radio subframes on the component carrier CC1 as MBSFN subframes. If the mobile device in a RRC_CONNECTED mode, the mobile device determines that subframes {1, 5} on the component carrier CC2 are not MBSFN subframes. The component carrier CC2 may be an extension carrier.

[0029] With the process 30, the mobile device can receive downlink data (e.g. unicast data) in subframes whose subframe times correspond to the MBSFN subframe times in an extension carrier when the network transmits data in the subframes. Thus, the data loss does not occur.

[0030] Please refer to FIG. 5, which is a flowchart of an examplary process 50 that is provided for handling MBMS transmission/reception for a mobile device capable of simultaneously receiving data on maximum to m (m>1) component carriers in a wireless communications system (e.g. the mobile device 12 of Fig. 1). The process 50 may be compiled into the program code 214 and includes the following steps:

Step 500: Start.

Step 502: Determine or set a component carrier to support data exchange of non-MBMS data.

Step 504: Perform data exchange on the component carrier when the mobile device receives MBMS data on a MBMS-dedicated component carrier.

Step 506: End.



[0031] According to the process 50, the mobile device may determine/find that the component carrier supports the non-MBMS data exchange (e.g. unicast data exchange) or sets non-MBMS data exchange to be enabled in the component carrier according to network configuration. In this situation, the mobile device can perform the non-MBMS data exchange on the component carrier when also receiving the MBMS data on the MBMS dedicated component carrier. The MBMS dedicated component carrier is a component carrier used by a MBMS dedicated cell for MBMS transmission (e.g. a cell only for MBMS transmission, for neither a unicast transmission nor a broadcast transmission made not for a MBMS service). The component carrier may belong to a cell, whereas the MBMS dedicated component carrier may belong to another cell or a MBSFN area. In other words, the mobile device may receive the MBMS data on a MBMS dedicated component carrier and non-MBMS on a non MBMS dedicated component carrier at the same time. Neither MBMS data reception nor non-MBMS data transfer is interrupted due to establishment of MBMS/non-MBMS data transfer.

[0032] In addition, the mobile device may cell search/selection on the component carrier and may not stop or suspend receiving MBMS data on the MBMS dedicated component carrier during the cell search/selection. With the process 50, the mobile device can transmit or receive non-MBMS data without stopping or interrupting receiving MBMS data.

[0033] Please refer to FIG. 6, which is a flowchart of an examplary process 60 that is provided for handling MBMS transmission/reception for a mobile device capable of simultaneously receiving data on maximum to m (m>1) component carriers in a wireless communications system (e.g. the mobile device 12 of Fig. 1). The process 60 may be compiled into the program code 214 and includes the following steps:

Step 600: Start.

Step 602: Enter a radio resource control idle (RRC_IDLE) mode.

Step 604: Enable at least two component carriers for data reception.

Step 606: End.



[0034] According to the process 60, the mobile device enables at least two component carriers for non MBMS data/MBMS data reception when being in the RRC_IDLE mode. The mobile device may only use one antenna to receive signals on the component carriers. The enabled component carriers may belong to different cells. For example, the mobile device may simultaneously camp on a cell via a first component carrier providing non MBMS data transmission/reception and receive MBMS data via a MBMS dedicated component carrier. In other words, the mobile device can separately maintain system information and manage cell selection or reselection in cells with different component carriers. Thus, the mobile device is allowed to use more than one component carrier in the RRC_IDLE mode.

[0035] Furthermore, the mobile device may transmit data (e.g. unicast data) on the first component carrier if operating with time-division duplex (TDD) and may transmit data on an uplink component carrier associated to the first component carrier if operating with frequency-division duplex (FDD).

[0036] In addition, the mobile device may measure a non MBMS component carrier for cell reselection. The mobile device may reselect a cell, without stopping any on-going MBMS data reception of a MBMS dedicated component carrier, when the mobile device finds that the cell provides better signal quality in a non-MBMS service than a serving cell of the mobile device does. Take an example illustrated in Fig. 7, where a mobile device 70 in the RRC_IDLE mode camps on a cell CE5 with a component carrier CC1 for non MBMS data transmission/reception and receives MBMS data on a MBMS dedicated component carrier CC2 in an MBSFN Area. The cell CE5 may be a serving cell of the mobile device 70. The mobile device 70 measures a cell CE6 with the component carrier CC1 and finds the cell CE6 provides better communications environment than the cell CE5 based on cell reselection criteria. Cell reselection criteria is calculation of signal strength and offset according to prior art, i.e. 3GPP TS 36.304. The signal quality may not be exactly better. In this situation, the mobile device 70 reselects to the cell CE6 with the component carrier CC1 and keeps receiving MBMS data on the MBMS dedicated component carrier CC2 without interruption, as shown in Fig. 8.

[0037] Take another example illustrated in Fig. 9, where a mobile device 90 in the RRC_IDLE mode camps on a cell CE7 with a component carrier CC1 for non MBMS data transmission/reception and receives MBMS data on a MBMS dedicated component carrier CC2 from a serving MBMS dedicated cell of an MBSFN area MA1. The mobile device 90 measures the MBMS dedicated component carrier CC2 for MBMS dedicated cell reselection. If the mobile device 90 finds a new MBMS dedicated cell in an MBSFN area MA2 is better than the serving MBMS dedicated cell, the UE reselects to the MBMS dedicated cell, as shown in Fig. 10. Preferably, the selected MBMS dedicated cell belongs to a different MBSFN Area from the serving MBMS dedicated cell. Please refer to FIG. 11, which is a flowchart of an examplary process 1100 that is provided for handling MBMS transmission/reception for a network in a wireless communications system. The process 1100 may be compiled into the program code 214 and includes the following steps:

Step 1102: Start.

Step 1104: Configure a mobile device to enable a component carrier of a first type (hereinafter first-type component carrier) and a component carrier of a second type (hereinafter second-type component carrier).

Step 1106: Transmit configuration information associated with the first-type component carrier on the second-type component carrier.

Step 1108: End.



[0038] According to the process 1100, the network (e.g. a cell, an eNB, a base station or an E-UTRAN) configures the mobile device to enable the first-type component carrier and the second type component carrier for carrier aggregation. In other words, the mobile device can simultaneously communicate with the network with the first-type and second-type component carriers. After this, the network may transmit configuration information associated with the first-type component carrier on the second-type component carrier. Therefore, the example allows the configuration information associated with component carrier of one type to be sent on a component carrier of another type, thereby increasing configuration allocation flexibility.

[0039] For example, the network may transmit configuration information associated with a MBMS dedicated component carrier on a non MBMS dedicated component carrier or on another MBMS dedicated component carrier. The configuration information may be transmitted to the mobile device via RRC message(s). Accordingly, the mobile device may receive the RRC message(s) on the non MBMS dedicated component carrier and also receive MBMS data on the MBMS dedicated component carrier, according to the configuration information. The RRC message(s) may be broadcast RRC message(s) or RRC message dedicated to the mobile device. The configuration information may include frequency information of the MBMS dedicated component carrier for being configured, so that the mobile device can turn its radio frequency (RF) receiver to the frequency indicated by the configuration information to receive MBMS services. The configuration information may further include MBSFN allocations, MBMS Control Channel (MCCH) information, MBMS Traffic Channel (MTCH) information or dynamic scheduling information.

[0040] As can be seen from the above, the MBMS dedicated component carrier for being configured is associated to a non MBMS dedicated component carrier or to another MBMS dedicated component carrier. If the MBMS dedicated component carrier is associated to another MBMS dedicated component carrier, the MBMS dedicated component carrier can be an extension carrier.

[0041] Take another example, the network may transmit configuration information associated with a non MBMS dedicated component carrier via RRC message(s) on a MBMS dedicated component carrier. Accordingly, the mobile device may receive the RRC message(s) on the MBMS dedicated component carrier, and transmit non MBMS data (e.g. unicast data) on the non MBMS dedicated component carrier if the mobile device needs to transmit the non MBMS data. The RRC message(s) may be broadcast RRC message(s) or RRC message dedicated to the mobile device. The configuration information may include frequency information of the non MBMS dedicated component carrier so that the mobile device can turn its RF transmitter or its receiver to the frequency of the non MBMS dedicated component carrier and transmit/receive the non MBMS data. The mobile device may perform a random access procedure to transmit the non MBMS data when being in the RRC_IDLE mode.

[0042] Please refer to FIG. 12, which is a flowchart of an examplary process 1200 that is provided for handling MBMS transmission/reception for a network supporting communication with mobile devices of two types of system versions. The mobile devices of the types of system version use totally or partially different component carrier frequency bands. The process 1200 may be compiled into the program code 214 and includes the following steps:

Step 1202: Start.

Step 1204: Use a component carrier as a MBMS dedicated component carrier, wherein the mobile device of one system version supports the component carrier and the mobile device of the other system version does not support the component carrier.

Step 1206: End.



[0043] According to the process 1200, the network (e.g. a cell, an eNB, a base station or an E-UTRAN) uses the abovementioned component carrier as a MBMS dedicated component carrier. Thus, the mobile device whose other system version does not support the component carrier does not select a cell only providing data transfer of the component carrier to camp on.

[0044] Take LTE/LTE-A system for example. A release 8 UE or a release 9 UE (LTE UE) is considered legacy UEs. When a cell is deployed for only providing MBMS data transfer on the MBMS dedicated component carrier and selected by the release 8/9 UE, it is not possible for the release 8/9 UE to have access for non MBMS data. Through the process 1200, the network uses a component carrier that the release 8/9 UE does not support as a MBMS dedicated component carrier. Thus, when a cell is deployed for only providing MBMS data transfer on the MBMS dedicated component carrier, this cell can only be selected by the release 10 UE (compatible UE) during cell selection/reselection, not by the release 8/9 UE. Therefore the release 8/9 UE is not stuck to the cell and can find a cell supporting access for non MBMS data.

[0045] Please note that, the abovementioned steps of the processes including suggested steps can be realized by means that could be hardware, firmware known as a combination of a hardware device and computer instructions and data that reside as read-only software on the hardware device, or an electronic system. Examples of hardware can include analog, digital and mixed circuits known as microcircuit, microchip, or silicon chip. Examples of the electronic system can include system on chip (SOC), system in package (Sip), computer on module (COM), and the communication device 20.

[0046] In conclusion, the examples provide ways for the mobile device (UE) to apply MBSFN allocation when multiple carriers (carrier aggregation) are enabled to avoid data loss. In addition, the examples also provide ways for the mobile device (UE) to MBMS/unicast transmission when the MBMS and unicast transmissions are both activated. Furthermore, the examples provide ways for the network to allocate MBMS service resource under consideration of the co-existed mobile devices of different system versions.

[0047] Those skilled in the art will readily observe that numerous modifications and alterations of the device and method may be made within the scope of the appended claims.


Claims

1. A method of handling multimedia broadcast and multicast service, MBMS, transmission and reception for a mobile device in a LTE-A wireless communication system, the method comprising:

enabling a plurality of component carriers; and

applying a multi-media broadcast over a single frequency network, MBSFN, allocation on a first enabled component carrier and not on the rest of the enabled component carriers, when the mobile device receives the MBSFN allocation on the first enabled component carrier.


 
2. The method of claim 1 further comprising:

determining that a subframe of a second enabled component carrier is not a MBSFN subframe used for reception of MBMS data when the mobile device is in a radio resource control connected mode, wherein a subframe time of the subframe corresponds to a subframe time configured as MBSFN subframe time.


 
3. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

receiving non-MBMS data via the second enabled component carrier.


 
4. The method of claim 3, wherein the second enabled component carrier is an extension carrier.
 
5. A communication device of a LTE-A wireless communication system for handling MBMS transmission and reception, the communication device comprising:

means for enabling a plurality of component carriers, and

means for applying a MBSFN allocation on a first enabled component carrier and not on the rest of the enabled component carriers, when the communication device receives the MBSFN allocation on the first enabled component carrier.


 
6. The communication device of claim 5 further comprising:

means for determining that a subframe of a second enabled component carrier is not a MBSFN subframe used for reception of MBMS data when the mobile device is in a radio resource control connected mode,

wherein a subframe time of the subframe corresponds to a subframe time configured as MBSFN subframe time.


 
7. The communication device of claim 5, further comprising:

means for receiving non-MBMS data via the second enabled component carrier.


 
8. The communication device of claim 7, wherein the second enabled component carrier is an extension carrier.
 


Ansprüche

1. Ein Verfahren zur Handhabung von Multimedia Broadcast und Multicast Dienst, MBMS (MBMS = Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Services), Übertragung und Empfang für ein Mobilgerät in einem LTE-A Drahtlos-Kommunikationssystem, wobei das Verfahren die folgenden Schritte aufweist:

Freigeben einer Vielzahl von Komponententrägern; und

Anwenden einer Multimedia Broadcast über ein Einfach-Frequenz Netzwerk, MBSFN (MBSFN = Multimedia Broadcast Single Frequency Network), Allokation auf einem ersten freigegebenen Komponententräger und nicht auf dem Rest der freigegebenen Komponententräger, wenn das Mobilgerät die MBSFN Allokation auf dem ersten freigegebenen Komponententräger empfängt.


 
2. Das Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Verfahren ferner den folgenden Schritt aufweist:

Bestimmen, dass ein Unterrahmen eines zweiten freigegebenen Komponententrägers kein MBSFN Unterrahmen ist, der für den Empfang von MBMS Daten verwendet wird, wenn das Mobilgerät in einem Funkressourcen Steuerverbindungsmodus ist, wobei eine Unterrahmenzeit des Unterrahmens einer Unterrahmenzeit, die als eine MBSFN Unterrahmenzeit konfiguriert ist, entspricht.


 
3. Das Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Verfahren ferner folgenden Schritt aufweist:

Empfangen von Nicht-MBMS Daten über den zweiten freigegebenen Komponententräger.


 
4. Das Verfahren nach Anspruch 3, wobei der zweite freigegebene Komponententräger ein Extension-Träger ist.
 
5. Eine Kommunikationsvorrichtung eines LTE-A Drahtlos-Kommunikationssystems zur Handhabung von Multimedia Broadcast und Multicast Dienst, MBMS (MBMS = Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Services), Übertragung und Empfang, wobei die Kommunikationsvorrichtung Folgendes aufweist:

Mittel zum Freigeben einer Vielzahl von Komponententrägern; und

Mittel zum Anwenden einer MBSFN Allokation auf einem ersten freigegebenen Komponententräger und nicht auf dem Rest der freigegebenen Komponententräger, wenn das Kommunikationsgerät die MBSFN Allokation auf dem ersten freigegebenen Komponententräger empfängt.


 
6. Die Kommunikationsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 5, wobei die Vorrichtung ferner Folgendes aufweist:

Mittel zum Bestimmen, dass ein Unterrahmen eines zweiten freigegebenen Komponententrägers kein MBSFN Unterrahmen ist, der für den Empfang von MBMS Daten verwendet wird, wenn das Mobilgerät in einem Funkressourcen Steuerverbindungsmodus ist, wobei eine Unterrahmenzeit des Unterrahmens einer Unterrahmenzeit, die als eine MBSFN Unterrahmenzeit konfiguriert ist, entspricht.


 
7. Die Kommunikationsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 5, wobei die Vorrichtung ferner Folgendes aufweist:

Mittel zum Empfangen von Nicht-MBMS Daten über den zweiten freigegebenen Komponententräger.


 
8. Die Kommunikationsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 7, wobei der zweite freigegebene Komponententräger ein Extension-Träger ist.
 


Revendications

1. Procédé pour gérer l'émission et la réception de service de diffusion et de multidiffusion multimédia, MBMS, pour un dispositif mobile dans un système de communication sans fil LTE-A, le procédé comprenant :

activer une pluralité de porteuses composantes ; et

appliquer une diffusion multimédia sur une allocation de réseau à une seule fréquence, MBSFN, sur une première porteuse composante activée et pas sur le reste des porteuses composantes activées, lorsque le dispositif mobile reçoit l'allocation MBSFN sur la première porteuse composante activée.


 
2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

déterminer qu'une sous-trame d'une deuxième porteuse composante activée n'est pas une sous-trameMBSFNutilisée pour la réception de données MBMS lorsque le dispositif mobile est dans un mode connecté de contrôle de ressources radio, un temps de sous-trame de la sous-trame correspondant à un temps de sous-trame configuré comme un temps de sous-trameMBSFN.


 
3. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

recevoir des données non MBMSpar l'intermédiaire de la deuxième porteuse composante activée.


 
4. Procédé selon la revendication 3, dans lequel la deuxième porteuse composante activée est une porteuse d'extension.
 
5. Dispositif de communication d'un système de communication sans fil LTE-A pour gérer l'émission et la réception MBMS, le dispositif de communication comprenant :

des moyens pour activer une pluralité de porteuses composantes ; et

des moyens pour appliquer une allocation MBSFN sur une première porteuse composante activée et pas sur le reste des porteuses composantes activées, lorsque le dispositif de communication reçoit l'allocation MBSFN sur la première porteuse composante activée.


 
6. Dispositif de communication selon la revendication 5, comprenant en outre :

des moyens pour déterminer qu'une sous-trame d'une deuxième porteuse composante activée n'est pas une sous-trame MBSFN utilisée pour la réception de données MBMS lorsque le dispositif mobile est dans un mode connecté de contrôle de ressources radio, un temps de sous-trame de la sous-trame correspondant à un temps de sous-trame configuré comme un temps de sous-trame MBSFN.


 
7. Dispositif de communication selon la revendication 5, comprenant en outre :

des moyens pour recevoir des données non MBMS par l'intermédiaire de la deuxième porteuse composante activée.


 
8. Dispositif de communication selon la revendication 7, dans lequel la deuxième porteuse composante activée est une porteuse d'extension.
 




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