(19)
(11)EP 2 485 412 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
29.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/18

(21)Application number: 10835442.4

(22)Date of filing:  18.11.2010
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04B 7/26(2006.01)
H04W 72/00(2009.01)
H04W 4/06(2009.01)
H04W 52/02(2009.01)
H04W 4/00(2018.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2010/078897
(87)International publication number:
WO 2011/069407 (16.06.2011 Gazette  2011/24)

(54)

METHOD AND USER EQUIPMENT FOR RECEIVING MULTICAST CONTROL CHANNEL NOTIFICATION MESSAGE

VERFAHREN UND BENUTZERASURÜSTUNG ZUM EMPFANGEN EINER BENACHRICHTIGUNGSMITTEILUNG FÜR EINEN MULTICAST-STEUERKANAL

PROCÉDÉ ET ÉQUIPEMENT UTILISATEUR POUR LA RÉCEPTION D'UN MESSAGE DE NOTIFICATION DE CANAL DE COMMANDE DE MULTIDIFFUSION


(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 RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 09.12.2009 CN 200910211970

(43)Date of publication of application:
08.08.2012 Bulletin 2012/32

(73)Proprietor: ZTE Corporation
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518057 (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • WANG, Bin
    Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • MA, Zijiang
    Guangdong 518057 (CN)

(74)Representative: Novagraaf Technologies 
Bâtiment O2 2, rue Sarah Bernhardt CS90017
92665 Asnières-sur-Seine Cedex
92665 Asnières-sur-Seine Cedex (FR)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 1 864 537
CN-A- 1 998 164
US-A1- 2005 249 141
CN-A- 1 922 803
CN-A- 101 296 395
US-A1- 2009 201 854
  
      
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    Description

    Technical field of the present invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to the communication field, and in particular, to a method and user equipment for receiving multicast control channel notification message.

    Background of the present invention



    [0002] In the long-term evolution (LTE) system, the 3rd generation partnership project (3GPP) proposes multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS), which may transmit data from one data source to a plurality of targets so as to realize sharing of network (including core network and access network) resource and improve utilization rate of network resource (in particular radio interface resource).

    [0003] Recently, MBMS service is introduced to the LTE R9 system. It needs the common transmission of control signal and user data to realize the carrying of the MBMS service in the system. In this case, the control signal will notify receiver of corresponding control parameters, in which the receiver may be user equipment (UE) or may be called a terminal. And the control signal will direct the UE to receive the MBMS service (corresponding user data) that it is interested in at the corresponding position. The control signal is transmitted via multicast control channel (MCCH) in LTE R9 system.

    [0004] MBMS service divides area by multimedia broadcast multicast service single frequency network Area (MBSFN Area), wherein the MBSFN Area is formed by a series of cells. The cells in MBSFN Area may use MBSFN technology for synchronous transmission when transmitting the control signal and user data, such that UE may acquire corresponding combining gain during receiving. A specific cell may be covered by a plurality of MBSFN Areas simultaneously, which is generally called MBSFN Area overlapping. Currently, the cell supports overlapping of one to eight MBSFN Areas. When there is overlapping in a specific cell, the cell may have a plurality of MCCHs simultaneously (for each MBSFN Area is corresponding to one MCCH). Each specific MCCH has MCCH modification period (MP), and in the MCCH MP, the content carried by MCCH is not allowed for modification. In MCCH MP, MCCH information transmits repeatedly, wherein the time interval for transmission is called MCCH repeating period (RP). Transmitting repeatedly in repeating period is mainly to improve the reliability of UE receiving MCCH information. Fig. 1 is a diagram of logic relationship of MCCH MP and MCCP RP according to relative technology. As shown in Fig.1, in MCCH MP (n), the content transmitted by MCCH may not be modified until the next MCCH MP. MCCH MP denotes repeating transmission of MCCH content in MCCH MP. UE can acquire all MCCHs and the corresponding configuration information (for example, how many MCCHs there are in the cell, corresponding parameter of MP, RP of each MCCH) in the cell via a system information block (SIB) 13 of the broadcast control channel (BCCH). UE has known SIB13 in BCCH before preparing to receive MBMS service.

    [0005] MBMS service is featured in large data amount of service, long duration during terminal receiving and relatively constant average data rate. These features determine that the schedule and control signal configuration of the MBMS service is semi-static, that is to say, the schedule information and control information of the MBMS service keep unmodified "in a long term" such that in each period of MCCH information system side transmits unmodified information (transmitting all the time because new users may access at any time). If the terminal that has acquired MCCH information receives unmodified MCCH information each time, terminal is power-consumptive. For the amount of MCCH information is large, the receiving and analyzing processes are power-consumptive.

    [0006] In consideration of the above problems, MBMS notification message (called MCCH change notification, or MBMS notification indicator, or MBMS notification information, or MBMS notification in English; also called MBMS notification message, MBMS notification information or MBMS indication information and so on; hereinafter taking MBMS notification message, MBMS notification information in English as example to describe) is introduced. MBMS notification message uses little amount of information to describe whether there is change between the MCCH information that the next MP will transmit and the MCCH information transmitted in the current MP. UE only needs to monitor little amount of MBMS notification message information, and it determines whether to receive coming MCCH information according to MBMS notification message terminal. The specific transmission position of the MCCH notification message is notified by SIB13 in BCCH.

    [0007] When there is overlapping in the cell, all MCCHs in the cell may use a common MCCH notification to indicate the modification condition of a plurality of MCCHs. Specifically, MCCH notification may indicate which MCCH or MCCHs is or are modified via the payload, wherein the payload of MCCH notification is 8 bits. It transmits in physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) using downlink control information (DCI) Format 1C. MCCH notification supports eight MCCH instructions at most, wherein which bit of MCCH notification represents which MCCH will be notified by SIB13 in BCCH. MCCH notification is transmitted repeatedly in MCCH MP. The transmitting times may be multi times (also may be once). The main purpose of transmitting MCCH information repeatedly in MCCH MP is to improve the receiving reliability.

    [0008] Currently, the existing problem is that there is a plurality of MCCHs in the cell when there is overlapping in the cell, and the MPs corresponding to each MCCH are different. Thus, UE cannot determine the MCCH notification is received how many times within how long-time interval. Therefore, UE may try to receive MCCH notification repeatedly such that the power consumption is large.

    [0009] The related document (US 20051249141 A1) discloses a method for transmitting and receiving information for configuring a point-to-multipoint control channel in a wireless communication system; the related document (EP 1 864 537 A2) discloses that a mobile terminal receives information of a specified number of groups and also receives a plurality of messages according to the information of the specified number of groups, wherein each message corresponds to each time interval; the related document (US 20091201854 A1) discloses a method for optimizing the reading by a UE of MCCH information transmitted periodically to said UE by a RNC in cellular communication network dining a MP comprising a number of RP during which a same MCCH information is transmitted to the UE. However, the above-mentioned problem still remains unsolved by the above mentioned documents.

    Summary of the present invention



    [0010] The present invention is proposed aiming at the problem that UE in relative technology cannot determine the MCCH notification is received how many times within how long interval. Therefore, the main purpose of the present invention is to provide a receiving scheme of MCCH notification to solve the above problem.

    [0011] To realize the above purpose, according to one aspect of the present invention, a method for receiving multicast control channel notification message according to claim 1 is provided.

    [0012] To realize the above purpose, according to another aspect, a user equipment according to independent claim 6 is provided.

    [0013] Further aspects are provided by the dependent claims.

    [0014] Through the present invention, MP of the MCCH channel where the expected MBMS service is located or MCCH MP with the time interval of the shortest MP indicated by BCCH is acquired by the user equipment, and MCCH notification message is received for one or more times within the time interval of the MP. It solves the problem that UE in relative technology cannot determine how many times the MCCH notification is received within how long time interval, and further reduces the times for which UE receives MCCH notification, so as to reduce UE power consumption. It also avoids the occurrence of the situation in which MCCH is modified but is not found by UE.

    [0015] Other features and advantages of the present invention will be described in the following specification, and a part of it becomes apparent in the specification, or it can be understood by carrying out the present invention. The purpose and other advantages of the present invention may be realized and acquired by the structure particularly indicated in the written specification, claims and drawings.

    Brief description of the drawings



    [0016] The drawings described herein are to provide a further explanation of the present invention, and form a part of the application. The schematic implementation example of the present invention and the specification are for explaining the present invention, but not for limiting the present invention. In the drawings:

    Fig. 1 is a diagram of the logic relationship of MCCH MP and MCCP RP according to relative technology;

    Fig. 2 is a diagram of transmission of MCCH notification by the network side according to the implementation example of the present invention;

    Fig. 3 is a flowchart of the receiving method of MCCH notification according to the implementation example of the present invention;

    Fig. 4 is a diagram of the user equipment according to the implementation example of the present invention;

    Fig. 5 is a preferred diagram of the user equipment according to the implementation example of the present invention;

    Fig. 6 is a diagram of UE receiving MCCH notification in a first preferred implementation example according to the implementation example of the present invention;

    Fig. 7 is a diagram of UE receiving MCCH notification in a second preferred implementation example according to the implementation example of the present invention; and

    Fig. 8 is a diagram of UE receiving MCCH notification in a third preferred implementation example according to the implementation example of the present invention.


    Detailed description of the embodiments



    [0017] It should be noted that the implementation example in the application and the features in the implementation example may be combined with each other if there is no confliction. The present invention will be explained in details hereinafter with reference to the drawings and combined with the implementation examples.

    [0018] In the following implementation examples, the steps shown in the flowchart of the drawings can be executed in the computer system of computer executable instructions. And though logic order is shown in the flowchart, the shown or described steps may be executed in the order different from it in some conditions.

    [0019] The following implementation examples relate to LTE system (but not limited to this), in particular to a method for receiving the service notification message of multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS) in the multimedia broadcast multicast service single frequency network (MBSFN) area.

    [0020] To describe the implementation examples of the present invention in details, first the process of the transmitter transmits the MCCH notificaiton is described.

    [0021] Network side transmits the specific occasion of the MCCH notification by a two-level system (the radio frame level and the subframe level). It is described in details hereinafter.

    [0022] The radio frame level follows the following formula:

    where, SFN is system frame number; MCCHn MP indicates the time length of corresponding modification period of each MCCH in the cell; the notificationRepetitionCoff indicates the times of repeated transmission of MCCH notification information (that is MCCH notification) in the modification period; and the notificationOffset indicates offset amount of the radio frame where the MCCH notification information transmission is located. The subframe level notifies which subframe transmits MCCH notification information in the radio frame via notification subframe.

    [0023] The network side notifies UE of the above parameters via the system message or MCCH message. Fig. 2 is a diagram of transmission of MCCH notification at network side according to the implementation example of the present invention. As shown in Fig. 2, the network side may transmit MCCH notification according to the above formula. Accordingly, the network side may notify UE of these parameters via SIB13 of BCCH.

    [0024] UE acquires the corresponding parameters (such as, MCCH MP, notificationRepetitionCoff, notificationOffset, notification subframe) via SIB 13. With these parameters, the specific MCCH notification transmission occasion at the network side (such as base station) may be calculated using the formula. UE may acquire MP of the MCCH channel where the MBMS service that the user equipment is interested in (or called "expects") is located or the shortest MCCH MP of MCCH MPs indicated by BCCH, and receive the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MP.

    [0025] Preferably, when the UE knows the MCCH where the MBMS that it is interested in is located, it acquires the MP of the MCCH. Otherwise, the UE acquires the MCCH MP with the shortest MP of the MCCH MPs indicated by BCCH.

    [0026] This implementation example further provides a user equipment. Fig. 4 is a diagram of the user equipment according to the implementation example of the present invention. As shown in Fig. 4, the user equipment comprises: an acquisition module 42 and a receiving module 44. The structure is described hereinafter.

    [0027] The acquisition module 42 is adapted for acquiring the MP of the MCCH where the expected MBMS service is located or the MCCH MP of the shortest MP indicated by BCCH; the receiving module 44 is connected to the acquisition module 42 and is adapted for receiving MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MP.

    [0028] Fig. 5 is a preferred diagram of the user equipment according to the implementation example of the present invention. As shown in Fig. 5, the user equipment further comprises a determination module 52 adapted for determining whether the multimedia broad multicast service MBMS service that the user equipment expects is configured on the multicast control channel MCCH; a receiving module 44 adapted for receiving MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MP of the MCCH configured with MBMS service that the user equipment expects when the determination result of the determination module 52 is yes; otherwise, the receiving module 44 is adapted for receiving MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MCCH MP of the shortest MP indicated by BCCH.

    [0029] Preferably, the receiving module 44 at least receives the MCCH notification message for a repeated transmission times of notificationRepetitionCoff times within the time interval of the MP; and preferably, the receiving module 44 is further adapted for stopping receiving the MCCH notification message within time interval of the MP when receiving correct or expected MCCH notification message.

    [0030] In this implementation example, UE may select different times of receiving MCCH notification according to different status. Fig. 3 is a flowchart of the receiving method of MCCH notification according to the implementation examples of the present invention. As shown in Fig. 3, the flow comprises the following Step S302 to Step S306.

    [0031] Step (S302), the user equipment determining whether the MBMS service that it is interested in (or called "expects") is configured on some MCCH (that is, the user equipment determining that the multicast control channel (MCCH) is configured with the multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS service) that the user equipment expects).

    [0032] Step (S304), if the user equipment determines that a certain MCCH is configured with the MBMS service that the user expects, the user equipment receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the modification period (MP) of the MCCH indicated by BCCH.

    [0033] Step (S306), otherwise, (that is, the user equipment determining that the multicast control channel (MCCH) is not configured with the multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS service) that the user equipment expects), the user equipment receiving MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the shortest MP of the MCCH MPs indicated by BCCH.

    [0034] Preferably, during execution, when knowing that the MBMS service that it is interested in is configured on a certain MCCH, the UE receives MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MP of the MCCH. Preferably, UE may stop receiving MCCH notification within the MP of MCCH once UE correctly receives the MCCH notification corresponding to the MCCH that it is interested in. Preferably, UE may at least receive the MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff times within the MCCH MP. For example, UE may at least receive MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff times when UE does not correctly receive the MCCH notification corresponding to the MCCH that it is interested in.

    [0035] Except for the above (for example, UE has not received MBMS service and does not know the MBMS service that it is interested in), UE may receive MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of shortest MP of the MCCHs indicated by the broadcast control channel (BCCH); preferably, if UE correctly receives the MCCH notification, UE may stop receiving MCCH notification within the MCCH MP (the shortest MP); and preferably, the MCCH notification is received for at least notificationRepetitionCoff times in the shortest MCCH MP.

    [0036] It should be noted that determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE.

    [0037] Hereinafter, description will be given in conjunction with preferred implementation examples.

    First preferred implementation example



    [0038] This implementation example describes the application in the situation of one cell being overlapped by a plurality of MBSFN areas simultaneously. There are two MCCHs in the cell, that is, the cell is the overlapping area of two MBSFN areas. The corresponding parameters of two MCCHs are that the modification period of MCCH1 is 5.12s, and the modification period of MCCH2 is 10.24s; the common parameters of MCCH notification are notificationRepetitionCoff=2, and notificationOffset=3; and the subframe level parameter: notification subframe=#1 subframe.

    Transmitter



    [0039] The network side transmits MCCH notification at the corresponding subframe of the radio frame that satisfies the formula:



    [0040] According to the specific parameters given in this implementation example, the network side will transmit the MCCH notification information at the subframe satisfying SFN mod 256=3 and #1.

    Receiver



    [0041] Fig. 6 is a diagram of UE receiving MCCH notification according to the first preferred implementation example of the implementation examples in the present invention. This implementation example is described hereinafter in details in combination with Fig. 6.

    [0042] UE calculates the occasion of transmitting MCCH notification at network side according to different MCCH MP, notificationRepetitionCoff, notificationOffset, and notification subframe.

    [0043] In the implementation example, UEs in different status have different occasions of receiving MCCH notification. It is described in detail hereinafter.

    UE1



    [0044] The UE knows that the service it is interested in is on MCCH1, and receives MCCH notification for one or more times within the modification period according to the MP length 5.12s of MCCH1. Preferably, UE may at least receive MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times in the modification period.

    [0045] Preferably, if UE has not received the MCCH notification corresponding to MCCH that it is interested in, then considering that the Transmitter has only transmitted for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times, UE1 will receive all the transmitted MCCH notifications. Preferably, determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE. Considering that UE1 in the implementation example will receive all the MCCH notifications, there is no range for UE1 to select from.

    UE2



    [0046] The UE knows that the service it is interested in is on MCCH2, and receives the MCCH notification for one or more times within the modification period according to the MP length 10.24s of MCCH2. Preferably, the UE may at least receive MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times in the modification period.

    [0047] Preferably, if UE has not received the MCCH notification corresponding to MCCH that it is interested in, then considering that the Transmitter has transmitted MCCH notification in the MCCH2 modification period for four times, UE2 may select at least notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times to receive the MCCH notification within the four times. Preferably, determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE.

    UE3



    [0048] The UE does not know on which MCCH is the service it is interested in. It takes the shortest MCCH modification period in the cell as the basis, thus based on min (5.12s, 10.24s) =5.12s, in the modification period of 5.12s, the UE receives MCCH notification for one or more times. Preferably, UE may at least receive MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times therein.

    [0049] Preferably, if UE has not received the MCCH notification, then considering that the Transmitter has only transmitted for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times, UE3 will receive all the transmitted MCCH notification. Preferably, determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE. Considering that UE3 in the implementation example will receive all MCCH notifications, there is no range for UE3 to select from.

    Second preferred implementation example



    [0050] This implementation example describes the situation of the application of one cell being overlapped by a plurality of MBMSFN areas simultaneously. There are two MCCHs in the cell, that is, the cell is the overlapping area of two MBSFN areas. The corresponding parameters of two MCCHs are that the modification period of MCCH1 is 10.24s, and the modification period of MCCH2 is 10.24s; the common parameters of MCCH notification are notificationRepetitionCoff=2, and notificationOffset=2; and the subframe level parameter: notification subframe=#2 subframe.

    Transmitter



    [0051] According to the current technology, the network side transmits MCCH notification at the corresponding subframe of the radio frame that satisfies the formula:



    [0052] According to the specific parameters given in this implementation example, the network side will transmit MCCH notification information at the subframe satisfying SFN mod 512=2 and #2.

    Receiver



    [0053] Fig. 7 is the diagram of UE receiving MCCH notification according to the second preferred implementation example of the implementation examples in the present invention. This implementation example is described in details hereinafter in combination with Fig. 7.

    [0054] UE calculates the occasion of transmitting MCCH notification at network side according to different MCCH MP, notificationRepetitionCoff, notificationOffset, and notification subframe.

    [0055] In this implementation example, UEs in different status have different occasions of receiving MCCH notification. It is described in details hereinafter.

    UE1



    [0056] The UE knows that the service it is interested in is on MCCH1, and receives MCCH notification for one or more times within the modification period according to the MP length 10.24s of MCCH1. Preferably, UE may at least receive MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times in the modification period.

    [0057] Preferably, if UE has not received the MCCH notification corresponding to MCCH it is interested in, then considering that the Transmitter has only transmitted for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times, UE1 will receive all the transmitted MCCH notifications. Preferably, determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE. Considering that UE1 in the implementation example will receive all MCCH notifications, there is no range for UE1 to select from.

    UE2



    [0058] The UE knows that the service it is interested in is on MCCH2, and receives MCCH notification for one or more times within the modification period according to the MP length 10.24s of MCCH2. Preferably, the UE may at least receive MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times in the modification period.

    [0059] Preferably, if UE has not received the MCCH notification corresponding to MCCH it is interested in, then considering that the Transmitter has only transmitted for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times, UE2 will receive all the transmitted MCCH notifications. Preferably, determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE. Considering that UE2 in the implementation example will receive all MCCH notifications, there is no range for UE2 to select from.

    UE3



    [0060] The UE does not know on which MCCH is the service it is interested in. It takes the shortest MCCH modification period in the cell as the basis, thus based on min (10.24s, 10.24s) =10.24s, the UE receives MCCH notification for one or more times therein. Preferably, within 10.24s, UE may at least receive MCCH notification information for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times.

    [0061] Preferably, if UE has not received the MCCH notification, then considering that the Transmitter has only transmitted for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times, UE3 will receive all the transmitted MCCH notifications. Preferably, determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE. Considering that UE3 in the implementation example will receive all MCCH notifications, there is no range for UE3 to select from.

    Third preferred implementation example



    [0062] In this implementation example, application without occurrence of overlapping is described. There is only one MCCH, that is, there is no overlapping of MBSFN area in the cell. The corresponding parameter of MCCH is that the modification period of MCCH is 5.12s; the common parameters of MCCH notification are notificationRepetitionCoff=2, and notificationOffset=3; and the subframe level parameter: notification subframe=#1 subframe.

    Transmitter



    [0063] According to the current technology, the network side transmits MCCH notification at the corresponding subframe of the radio frame that satisfies the formula:



    [0064] According to the specific parameters given in this implementation example, the network side will transmit MCCH notification information at the subframe satisfying SFN mod 256=3 and #1.

    Receiver



    [0065] Fig. 8 is the diagram of UE receiving MCCH notification according to the third preferred implementation example of the implementation examples in the present invention. The implementation example is described in details hereinafter in combination with Fig. 8.

    [0066] UE calculates the occasion of transmitting MCCH notification at network side according to MCCH MP, notificationRepetitionCoff, notificationOffset, and notification subframe.

    [0067] In the implementation example, UEs in different status have different occasions of receiving MCCH notification. It is described in detail hereinafter.

    UE1



    [0068] The UE knows that the service it is interested in is on MCCH, and receives MCCH notification for one or more times within the modification period according to the MP length 5.12s of MCCH. Preferably, the UE may at least receive MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times in the modification period.

    [0069] Preferably, if UE has not received the MCCH notification, then considering that the Transmitter has only transmitted for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times, UE1 will receive all the transmitted MCCH notification. Preferably, determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE. Considering that UE1 in the implementation example will receive all MCCH notifications, there is no range for UE1 to select from.

    UE2



    [0070] The UE does not know on which MCCH is the service it is interested in. It takes the shortest MCCH modification period in the cell as the basis, thus based on min (5.12s) =5.12s, the UE receives MCCH notification for one or more times in this modification period. Preferably, the UE will at least receive MCCH notification for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times.

    [0071] Preferably, if UE has not received the MCCH notification, then considering that the Transmitter has only transmitted for notificationRepetitionCoff=2 times, UE2 will receive all the transmitted MCCH notifications. Preferably, determining which MCCH notifications in the modification period are received is implemented by the UE. Considering that UE2 in the implementation example will receive all MCCH notifications, there is no range for UE2 to select from.

    [0072] As stated above, according to the implementation examples, different actions of different UEs receiving MBMS notification are realized by distinguishing different UE status. It reduces some of UE's receiving MCCH notification so as to reduce UE power consumption. Furthermore, for the UE that receives no MBMS service and does not know which service it is interested in, it takes the shortest MCCH modification period in the cell as the basis, and MCCH notification information is received for notificationRepetitionCoff or more times therein. In such a state, the occurrence that the UE does not find that MCCH has been modified is prevented.

    [0073] Obviously, the technicians in the field should know that each module or each step in the present invention can be realized by general calculating device, which can be gathered on an individual calculating device, or distributed on the network formed by a plurality of calculating devices. Alternatively, they can be realized by the program code executed by the calculating device such that they can be stored in the storage device for execution by the calculating device, or they can be fabricated into each integrated circuit, or the plurality of modules or steps are made into individual integrated circuit. In such a way, the present invention is not limited to the combination of any specific hardware and software.

    [0074] The above is only the preferred implementation examples of the present invention, but not limited to the present invention. To those skilled in the art, many modifications and changes can be made to the present invention within the scope of the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A method for receiving a Multicast Control Channel, MMCH, notification message, wherein a user equipment, UE, is connected to a broadcast control channel, BCCH, and located in an overlapping area of two or more Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service Single Frequency Network, MBSFN, areas, each MBSFN area comprising one MCCH intended for transmitting the MCCH notification message according to a characteristic modification period, MP, being characterized by comprising the steps of:

    - determining, by reading, using the UE, data provided by the BCCH which comprises modification periods, MPs, of the MCCHs of each MBSFN area, if an expected Multimedia Broad Multicast Service, MBMS, that the UE is interested in, is configured on any of the MCCHs of the MBSFN areas in the overlapping area; and

    - if the UE determines the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on:

    • obtaining the MP of the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on, by reading the data provided by the BCCH, and

    • receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MP obtained,

    - if the UE cannot determine the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on:

    • obtaining the shortest MP of the MCCHs of the MBSFN areas in the overlapping area, by reading data provided by the BCCH, and

    • receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the shortest MP obtained.


     
    2. The method according to claim 1, characterized in that the step of receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MP obtained, when the UE determines the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on, comprises:
    the UE at least receiving the MCCH notification message for a repeated transmission times of notificationRepetitionCoff times within the time interval of the MP, wherein the notificationRepetitionCoff is the preconfigured times of repeatedly transmitting the MCCH notification message within the shortest MP period.
     
    3. The method according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the step of receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MP, when the UE determines the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on, comprises:
    the UE stopping receiving the MCCH notification message within the time interval of the MP when the UE has received a correct MCCH notification message corresponding to the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on.
     
    4. The method according to claim 1, characterized in that the step of receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the shortest MP, when the UE cannot determine the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on, comprises:
    the UE at least receiving the MCCH notification message for a repeated transmission times of notificationRepetitionCoff times within the time interval of the shortest MP, wherein the notificationRepetitionCoff is the preconfigured times of repeatedly transmitting the MCCH notification message within the shortest MP period.
     
    5. The method according to claim 1 or 4, characterized in that the step of receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the shortest MP, when the UE cannot determine the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on, comprises:
    the UE stopping receiving the MCCH notification message within the time interval of the shortest MP when the UE has received a correct MCCH notification message corresponding to the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on.
     
    6. A user equipment, UE, characterized by comprising:

    - an acquisition module (42), adapted for obtaining, when connected to a broadcast control channel, BCCH, and located in an overlapping area of two or more Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service Single Frequency Network, MBSFN, areas, each MBSFN area comprising one MCCH intended for transmitting a MCCH notification message according to a characteristic modification period, MP, a MP of certain MCCH or a shortest MP of the MPs of the MCCHs of MBSFN areas in the overlapping area, by reading data provided by the BCCH which comprises modification eriods, MPs, of the MCCHs of MBSFN areas in the overlapping area;

    - a determination module (52), adapted for determining, by reading data provided by a BCCH, if an expected MBMS, that the UE is interested in, is configured on any MCCHs of MBSFN areas in the overlapping area; and

    - the receiving module (44) further adapted for receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the MP obtained; otherwise, the receiving module (44) further adapted for receiving the MCCH notification message for one or more times within the time interval of the shortest MP of the MPs of the MCCHs of the MBSFN areas in the overlapping area, when the determination module (52) cannot determine the MCCH on which the expected MBMS is configured on.


     
    7. The user equipment according to claim 6, characterized in that the receiving module (44) at least receives the MCCH notification message for a repeated transmission times of notificationRepetitionCoff times within the time interval of the MP, wherein the notificationRepetitionCoff is the preconfigured times of repeatedly transmitting the MCCH notification message within the shortest MP period.
     
    8. The user equipment according to claim 6, characterized in that the receiving module (44) is further adapted for stopping receiving the MCCH notification message within the time interval of the MP when receiving a correct or expected MCCH notification message.
     
    9. The user equipment according to claim 7, characterized in that the receiving module (44) is further adapted for stopping receiving the MCCH notification message within the time interval of the MP when receiving the correct or expected MCCH notification message.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zum Empfangen einer Multicast-Steuerkanal-, MMCH, Benachrichtigung, wobei eine Benutzerausrüstung, UE, mit einem Broadcast-Steuerkanal, BCCH, verbunden ist und sich in einem Überlappungsbereich von zwei oder mehr Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service Single Frequency Network-, MBSFN, Bereichen befindet, wobei jeder MBSFN-Bereich einen MCCH umfasst, der dafür vorgesehen ist, die MCCH-Benachrichtigung gemäß einer charakteristischen Modifikationsperiode, MP, zu übertragen,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass es die Schritte umfasst des:

    - Bestimmens der MCCHs jedes MBSFN-Bereichs durch Auslesen von vom BCCH bereitgestellten Daten, die Modifikationsperioden, MPs, umfassen, unter Verwendung der UE, wenn ein erwarteter Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service, MBMS, an dem die UE interessiert ist, auf einem der MCCHs der MBSFN-Bereiche im Überlappungsbereich konfiguriert ist; und

    - wenn die UE den MCCH bestimmt, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist:

    • Erhaltens der MP des MCCH, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist, durch Auslesen der vom BCCH bereitgestellten Daten, und

    • ein- oder mehrmaligen Empfangens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der erhaltenen MP,

    - wenn die UE den MCCH, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist, nicht bestimmen kann:

    • Erhaltens der kürzesten MP der MCCHs der MBSFN-Bereiche im Überlappungsbereich durch Auslesen von vom BCCH bereitgestellten Daten, und

    • ein- oder mehrmaligen Empfangens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der kürzesten erhaltenen MP.


     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Schritt des ein- oder mehrmaligen Empfangens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der erhaltenen MP, wenn die UE den MCCH bestimmt, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist, umfasst:
    Empfangen der MCCH-Benachrichtigung durch die UE mindestens eine Anzahl von Malen einer wiederholten Übertragung aus notificationRepetitionCoff Malen innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der MP, wobei es sich bei der notificationRepetitionCoff um die vorkonfigurierte Anzahl von Malen des wiederholten Übertragens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb der kürzesten MP-Periode handelt.
     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Schritt des ein- oder mehrmaligen Empfangens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der MP, wenn die UE den MCCH bestimmt, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist, umfasst:
    Stoppen des Empfangens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der MP durch die UE, wenn die UE eine korrekte MCCH-Benachrichtigung empfangen hat, die dem MCCH entspricht, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist.
     
    4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Schritt des ein- oder mehrmaligen Empfangens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der kürzesten MP, wenn die UE den MCCH, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist, nicht bestimmen kann, umfasst:
    Empfangen der MCCH-Benachrichtigung durch die UE mindestens eine Anzahl von Malen einer wiederholten Übertragung aus notificationRepetitionCoff Malen innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der kürzesten MP, wobei es sich bei der notificationRepetitionCoff um die vorkonfigurierte Anzahl von Malen des wiederholten Übertragens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb der kürzesten MP-Periode handelt.
     
    5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 4, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Schritt des ein- oder mehrmaligen Empfangens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der kürzesten MP, wenn die UE den MCCH, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist, nicht bestimmen kann, umfasst:
    Stoppen des Empfangens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der kürzesten MP durch die UE, wenn die UE eine korrekte MCCH-Benachrichtigung empfangen hat, die dem MCCH entspricht, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist.
     
    6. Benutzerausrüstung, UE, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass sie umfasst:

    - ein Erfassungsmodul (42), das dafür geeignet ist, wenn es mit einem Broadcast-Steuerkanal, BCCH, verbunden ist und sich in einem Überlappungsbereich von zwei oder mehr Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service Single Frequency Network-, MBSFN, Bereichen befindet, wobei jeder MBSFN-Bereich einen MCCH umfasst, der dafür vorgesehen ist, eine MCCH-Benachrichtigung gemäß einer charakteristischen Modifikationsperiode, MP, zu übertragen, eine MP eines gewissen MCCH oder eine kürzeste MP der MPs der MCCHs von MBSFN-Bereichen im Überlappungsbereich durch Auslesen von vom BCCH bereitgestellten Daten zu erhalten, die Modifikationsperioden, MPs, der MCCHs von MBSFN-Bereichen im Überlappungsbereich umfassen;

    - ein Bestimmungsmodul (52), das dafür geeignet ist, durch Auslesen von von einem BCCH bereitgestellten Daten zu bestimmen, ob ein erwarteter MBMS, an dem die UE interessiert ist, auf MCCHs von MBSFN-Bereichen im Überlappungsbereich konfiguriert ist; und

    - das Empfangsmodul (44), das weiter dafür geeignet ist, die MCCH-Benachrichtigung ein- oder mehrmals innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der erhaltenen MP zu empfangen; andernfalls das Empfangsmodul (44) weiter dafür geeignet ist, die MCCH-Benachrichtigung ein- oder mehrmals innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der kürzesten MP aus den MPs der MCCHs der MBSFN-Bereiche im Überlappungsbereich zu empfangen, wenn das Bestimmungsmodul (52) den MCCH, auf dem der erwartete MBMS konfiguriert ist, nicht bestimmen kann.


     
    7. Benutzerausrüstung nach Anspruch 6, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Empfangsmodul (44) die MCCH-Benachrichtigung mindestens eine Anzahl von Malen einer wiederholten Übertragung aus notificationRepetitionCoff Malen innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der MP empfängt, wobei es sich bei der notificationRepetitionCoff um die vorkonfigurierte Anzahl von Malen des wiederholten Übertragens der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb der kürzesten MP-Periode handelt.
     
    8. Benutzerausrüstung nach Anspruch 6, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Empfangsmodul (44) weiter dafür geeignet ist, das Empfangen der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls des MP zu stoppen, wenn es eine korrekte oder erwartete MCCH-Benachrichtigung empfängt.
     
    9. Benutzerausrüstung nach Anspruch 7, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Empfangsmodul (44) weiter dafür geeignet ist, das Empfangen der MCCH-Benachrichtigung innerhalb des Zeitintervalls der MP zu stoppen, wenn es die korrekte oder erwartete MCCH-Benachrichtigung empfängt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé pour la réception d'un message de notification de canal de commande de multidiffusion, MMCH, dans lequel un équipement utilisateur, UE, est connecté à un canal de commande de radiodiffusion, BCCH, et situé dans une zone de chevauchement de deux ou plus de deux zones de réseau à fréquence unique de service de diffusion/multidiffusion multimédia, MBSFN, chaque zone de MBSFN comprenant un MCCH destiné à la transmission du message de notification de MCCH en fonction d'une période de modification, MP, caractéristique, étant caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend les étapes :

    - de détermination, par lecture, en utilisant l'UE, de données fournies par le BCCH qui comprennent des périodes de modification, MP, des MCCH de chaque zone de MBSFN, si un service de diffusion/multidiffusion multimédia, MBMS, prévu, auquel l'UE s'intéresse, est configuré sur n'importe lequel des MCCH des zones de MBSFN dans la zone de chevauchement ; et

    - si l'UE détermine le MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré :

    • d'obtention de la MP du MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré, par lecture des données fournies par le BCCH, et

    • de réception du message de notification de MCCH une ou plusieurs fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP obtenue,

    - si l'UE ne peut pas déterminer le MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré :

    • d'obtention de la MP la plus courte des MCCH des zones de MBSFN dans la zone de chevauchement, par lecture des données fournies par le BCCH, et

    • de réception du message de notification de MCCH une ou plusieurs fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP la plus courte obtenue.


     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que l'étape de réception du message de notification de MCCH une ou plusieurs fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP obtenue, quand l'UE détermine le MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré, comprend :
    au moins la réception par l'UE du message de notification de MCCH un nombre de fois de transmission répétée de notificationRepetitionCoff fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP, dans lequel le notificationRepetitionCoff est le nombre de fois préconfiguré de transmission de manière répétée du message de notification de MCCH dans la période MP la plus courte.
     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que l'étape de réception du message de notification de MCCH une ou plusieurs fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP, quand l'UE détermine le MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré, comprend :
    l'arrêt de la réception par l'UE du message de notification de MCCH dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP quand l'UE a reçu un message de notification de MCCH correct correspondant au MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré.
     
    4. Procédé selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que l'étape de réception du message de notification de MCCH une ou plusieurs fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP la plus courte, quand l'UE ne peut pas déterminer le MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré, comprend :
    au moins la réception par l'UE du message de notification de MCCH un nombre de fois de transmission répétée de notificationRepetitionCoff fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP la plus courte, dans lequel le notificationRepetitionCoff est le nombre de fois préconfiguré de transmission de manière répétée du message de notification de MCCH dans la période MP la plus courte.
     
    5. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 4, caractérisé en ce que l'étape de réception du message de notification de MCCH une ou plusieurs fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP la plus courte, quand l'UE ne peut pas déterminer le MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré, comprend :
    l'arrêt de la réception par l'UE du message de notification de MCCH dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP la plus courte quand l'UE a reçu un message de notification de MCCH correct correspondant au MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré.
     
    6. Équipement utilisateur, UE, caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend :

    - un module d'acquisition (42) adapté pour obtenir, quand il est connecté à un canal de commande de radiodiffusion, BCCH, et situé dans une zone de chevauchement de deux ou plus de deux zones de réseau à fréquence unique de service de diffusion/multidiffusion multimédia, MBSFN, chaque zone de MBSFN comprenant un MCCH destiné à la transmission d'un message de notification de MCCH en fonction d'une période de modification, MP, caractéristique, une MP d'un certain MCCH ou une MP la plus courte des MP des MCCH de zones de MBSFN dans la zone de chevauchement, par lecture de données fournies par le BCCH qui comprend des périodes de modification, MP, des MCCH de zones de MBSFN dans la zone de chevauchement ;

    - un module de détermination (52) adapté pour déterminer, par lecture de données fournies par un BCCH, si un MBMS prévu, auquel l'UE s'intéresse, est configuré sur n'importe quels MCCH de zones de MBSFN dans la zone de chevauchement ; et

    - le module de réception (44) adapté en outre pour recevoir le message de notification de MCCH une ou plusieurs fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP obtenue ; autrement, le module de réception (44) adapté en outre pour recevoir le message de notification de MCCH une ou plusieurs fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP la plus courte des MP des MCCH des zones de MBSFN dans la zone de chevauchement, quand le module de détermination (52) ne peut pas déterminer le MCCH sur lequel le MBMS prévu est configuré.


     
    7. Équipement utilisateur selon la revendication 6, caractérisé en ce que le module de réception (44) au moins reçoit le message de notification de MCCH un nombre de fois de transmission répétée de notificationRepetitionCoff fois dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP, dans lequel le notificationRepetitionCoff est le nombre de fois préconfiguré de transmission de manière répétée du message de notification de MCCH dans la période MP la plus courte.
     
    8. Équipement utilisateur selon la revendication 6, caractérisé en ce que le module de réception (44) est adapté en outre pour arrêter de recevoir le message de notification de MCCH dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP quand il reçoit un message de notification de MCCH correct ou prévu.
     
    9. Équipement utilisateur selon la revendication 7, caractérisé en ce que le module de réception (44) est adapté en outre pour arrêter de recevoir le message de notification de MCCH dans l'intervalle de temps de la MP quand il reçoit le message de notification de MCCH correct ou prévu.
     




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