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(11)EP 2 966 905 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
29.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/31

(21)Application number: 14762368.0

(22)Date of filing:  07.03.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04W 36/22(2009.01)
H04W 16/32(2009.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2014/001271
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/141650 (18.09.2014 Gazette  2014/38)

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BASE STATION DEVICE AND HANDOVER CONTROL METHOD

BASISSTATIONSVORRICHTUNG UND HANDOVER-STEUERUNGSVERFAHREN

DISPOSITIF DE STATION DE BASE ET PROCÉDÉ DE COMMANDE DE TRANSFERT INTERCELLULAIRE


(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: 15.03.2013 JP 2013054406

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.01.2016 Bulletin 2016/02

(73)Proprietor: NEC Corporation
Tokyo 108-8001 (JP)

(72)Inventor:
  • KAI, Kenji
    Tokyo 108-8001 (JP)

(74)Representative: MacDougall, Alan John Shaw et al
Mathys & Squire LLP The Shard 32 London Bridge Street
London SE1 9SG
London SE1 9SG (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A2-2011/127851
JP-A- 2012 080 253
US-A1- 2007 173 257
JP-A- H11 251 995
JP-A- 2013 509 761
  
      
    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

    [Technical Field]



    [0001] The present invention relates to a wireless communication system and, more particularly, to a base station device and a handover control method, which perform handover control.

    [Background Art]



    [0002] As one of measures to improve a system throughput in a cellular network, there is a technique of arranging a plurality of small base-station devices in a macrocell provided by a base station device. Because an area of a small cell provided by the small base-station device is small, a mobile terminal device is not necessarily present in the small cell. Accordingly, in a state in which no mobile terminal device is present in the small cell, electric power consumed by the small base-station device is wasted. Thus, in 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project), Energy Saving function is proposed as one of SON (Self Organization Networks) functions (NPTL1).

    [0003] A small base-station device having the Energy Saving function has an active state and an inactive state. In the active state, such device performs a normal operation as the small base-station device. In the inactive state, power saving of the entire network is realized by stopping radio transmission in a part or the whole of the cells. The state-transition of the active state / inactive state of the cell can be controlled according to a traffic amount. For example, based on statistical data of traffic change, the number of the small base-station devices in operation is increased in a time zone, such as a traffic peak time, in which the traffic amount is large. In a time zone, such as an off-peak time, in which the traffic amount is small, the number of the small base-station devices in operation is reduced.

    [0004] However, the stopping of the radio transmission may have a large impact on the mobile terminal device and neighboring cells. Thus, when an own cell transfers to an inactive state, specification of a signal notifying the neighboring cell of the transition of the own cell to an inactive state is performed as specific processing for reducing the impact. In addition, a signal requesting an inactive cell to become active is specified (NPTL2). The notification and request messages are usually transmitted via an inter-base-station interface between the base station devices which control target cells.

    [0005] Furthermore, in a mobile communication system having a plurality of base station devices like a cellular network, mobility control or handover control is performed, which switches base stations so that communication is continued when a mobile terminal device moves from a cell provided one of the base station devices to another cell provided by another of the base station devices. Handover of the mobile terminal device is controlled, based on a value measured and reported by the mobile terminal device, by the base station device providing a cell in which the mobile terminal device is located. Generally, the base station device controls the handover to select a better cell (or best cell) in respect of radio wave reception environment for the mobile terminal device and to hand over the mobile terminal to the selected cell.

    [0006] Hereinafter, a general handover control procedure is briefly described with reference to Fig. 1. Incidentally, a cell in which a mobile terminal device is present is referred to as a serving cell. A base station device of a serving cell is referred to as a serving base station device. A handover destination cell is referred to as a target cell. A base station device of a target cell is referred to as a target base station device.

    [0007] In Fig. 1, a serving base station device sets measurement conditions, measurement reporting conditions, and the like by transmitting a measurement setting message M100 to a mobile terminal device. The mobile terminal device measures reference signal received power (RSRP: Reference Signal Received Power), reference signal received quality (RSRQ: Reference Signal Received Quality), or other parameters of each of the serving cell and the neighboring cell according to the measurement conditions set by the serving base station device (operation S100). The parameters includes reference signal received power (RSRP: Reference Signal Received Power), reference signal received quality (RSRQ: Reference Signal Received Quality), or other parameters. Then, if a measurement result satisfies the measurement reporting conditions, a measurement reporting message M101 is transmitted to the serving base station device.

    [0008] The serving base station device performs handover execution determination, based on a measurement report received from the mobile terminal device (operation S101). In the handover execution determination, a target cell is determined by judging whether handover execution is necessary. In the determination of a target cell, generally, a cell is selected, which is better in radio wave reception environment for the mobile terminal device. Subsequently, the serving base station device transmits, when the target cell is determined, a handover request message M102 including information concerning the mobile terminal device to the target base station device.

    [0009] The target base station device performs, upon the handover request received from the serving base station device, judging of acceptance of a mobile terminal device (operation S102). The judging of acceptance is performed, based on access control rules such as access authority of the mobile terminal device and a load of the target base station device. If the mobile terminal device is determined to be acceptable, handover preparation such as securement of data resources for the mobile terminal device is executed. Then, if handover is determined to be acceptable, the target base station device transmits, to the serving base station device, a handover request response message M103 including a handover instruction to the mobile terminal device.

    [0010] Upon the handover request response, the serving base station device transmits, to the mobile terminal device, a handover instruction message M104 received from the target base station device. In response to the handover instruction, the mobile terminal device transmits a handover instruction response to the target base station device. Thus, the handover control procedure is completed.

    [0011] Incidentally, a method is proposed, which determines, when a target base station is determined, a preferential order by considering not only quality of the radio wave reception environment but capability of the neighboring base station (see PTL1).

    [Citation List]


    [Patent Literature]



    [0012] [PTL1] Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2011-525759

    [Non-patent Literatures]



    [0013] 

    [NPTL1] 3GPP TS36.300, Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network; Overall description; Stage 2, V10.2.0

    [NPTL2] 3GPP TS36.423, Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN); X2 Application Protocol (X2AP), V9.2.0



    [0014] WO2011/127851 discloses an energy saving method, system and device for a base station are applicable to the field of communications technologies. The energy saving method for a base station includes: sending, by a coverage station or an OAM equipment, a second activation request to a capacity station in a second energy saving state under the coverage of the coverage station if it is detected that the load of the coverage station is higher than a preset value, so as to activate the capacity station to enter a first energy saving state. The energy saving system for a base station includes: a coverage station and at least one capacity station under the coverage of the coverage station. Another energy saving system for a base station includes: a coverage station, at least one capacity station under the coverage of the coverage station and an operations, administration and maintenance OAM equipment. For the duration of a T3 timer the capacity base station is blacklisted as a target for handover.

    [0015] US2007/173257 discloses a method of supporting soft/softer handover mechanisms for High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) in a cellular communication network with a plurality of base stations, wherein the handover mechanisms include establishing an additional link to at least one additional network cell from a User Equipment (UE) capable of using HSUPA and linked to a serving network cell via a first link. The proposed method comprises the steps of: upon detection of a soft/softer handover request from the user equipment, checking by a serving base station of the plurality of base stations if at least a first predefined processing capacity is available at the additional network cell for allowing the requested handover; if the first processing capacity is available, controlling handover by means of the serving base station, else if only a second predefined processing capacity lower than the first predefined processing capacity is available, sending an information message to the User Equipment from the base station controlling the additional network cell upon reception of data from the User Equipment.

    [Technical Problem]



    [0016] However, when a base station device makes an inactive cell of a small base-station device transfer to an active state, radio wave reception environment of the activated cell may be better for a mobile terminal device being present in vicinity of the activated cell than radio wave reception environment of the serving cell. When many such mobile terminal devices are present, many mobile terminal devices are simultaneously handed over to the small base-station device by the handover control. Generally, the small base-station device is low in processing capability, compared to the base station device. Thus, increase in local processing load has a high probability of causing a congestion state of the small base-station. Consequently, there is a problem that service quality is degraded due to a handover failure and a processing delay.

    [Summary of Invention]



    [0017] Accordingly, the present invention provides a base station device, a handover control method and a computer program as set out in the appended claims.

    [0018] A base station device according to the present invention is a base station device in a wireless communication system, comprising a neighboring base station information storage means adapted to store neighboring base station information including respective neighboring cell information concerning a cell of each neighboring base station device, handover inhibition timer information, which indicates whether a handover inhibition timer that indicates a predetermined handover inhibition time is activated or stopped and an elapsed time thereof when being activated, associated with a neighboring cell managed by a neighboring base station device, a number of times of executing handover to the neighboring cell during the handover inhibition timer is being activated, and a processing capability index of the neighboring base station device indicating the number of calls which can be processed per second; and a handover control means adapted to activate the handover inhibition timer for a neighboring cell which has transferred from an inactive state to an active state for specifying a predetermined period of time during which handover inhibition control is performed, and to conditionally inhibit, in the handover inhibition control, handover of a subordinate mobile terminal device to the neighboring cell for which the handover inhibition timer has been activated, based on a margin of a processing capability of the neighboring base station device, wherein the handover control means is further adapted to perform the handover inhibition control, including to: determine handover destination candidate cells for handover of the subordinate mobile terminal device, select a best cell from the handover destination candidate cells and to determine whether the handover inhibition timer is being activated in the best cell; determine, when the handover inhibition timer is being stopped, the best cell as a handover destination cell; acquire, when the handover inhibition timer is being activated, cell information concerning the best cell from the neighboring base station information storage means, wherein the cell information including the processing capability index, the number of neighboring cells, and the number of times of executing handover; determine whether the processing capability of the best cell has the margin based on the acquired cell information by comparing an actual result value with a capability threshold, wherein the actual result value is obtained by dividing a number calculated by adding 1 to the number of times of executing handover by a handover inhibition timer elapsed time, and the capability threshold is obtained by dividing the processing capability index by the number of the neighboring cells; determine, when the actual value is less than the capability threshold, the best cell as a handover destination cell; and inhibit the handover to the best cell, when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is no other handover destination candidate cell, and return to determine the handover inhibition timer for another handover destination candidate cell excluding the best cell being selected, when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is still another handover destination candidate cell.

    [0019] Also disclosed is a handover control method performed by a base station device for a wireless communication system, the method comprising: storing, in a neighboring base station information storage means, neighboring base station information including respective neighboring cell information concerning a cell of each neighboring base station device, handover inhibition timer information, which indicates whether a handover inhibition timer that indicates a predetermined handover inhibition time is activated or stopped and an elapsed time thereof when being activated, associated with a neighboring cell managed by a neighboring base station device, a number of times of executing handover to the neighboring cell during the handover inhibition timer is being activated, and a processing capability index of the neighboring base station device indicating the number of calls which can be processed per second; and activating the handover inhibition timer for a neighboring cell which has transferred from an inactive state to an active state for specifying a predetermined period of time during which handover inhibition control is performed; and conditionally inhibiting, in the handover inhibition control, handover of a subordinate mobile terminal device to the neighboring cell for which the handover inhibition timer has been activated, based on a margin of a processing capability of the neighboring base station device, wherein the handover inhibition control comprises: determining a handover destination candidate cell for the subordinate mobile terminal device, and determining whether the handover inhibition timer is being activated in the determined handover destination candidate cell; acquiring, when the handover inhibition timer is being activated, cell information concerning the determined handover destination candidate cell from the neighboring base station information storage means, wherein the cell information including the processing capability index, the number of neighboring cells, and the number of times of executing handover; determining whether the processing capability of the determined handover destination candidate cell has the margin based on the acquired cell information by comparing an actual result value with a capability threshold, wherein the actual result value is obtained by dividing a number calculated by adding 1 to the number of times of executing handover by a handover inhibition timer elapsed time, and the capability threshold is obtained by dividing the processing capability index by the number of the neighboring cells; and inhibiting the handover when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is no other handover destination candidate cell, and determining the determined handover destination candidate cell as a handover destination when the actual value is less than the capability threshold.

    [Advantageous Effects of Invention]



    [0020] According to the present invention, when a neighboring cell is activated, handover of a mobile terminal device which communicates with a serving base station to the neighboring cell is limited. Thus, a situation can be avoided, in which a base station device of the neighboring cell is overloaded.

    [Brief Description of Drawings]



    [0021] 

    Fig. 1 is a sequence diagram illustrating a general handover control procedure.

    Fig. 2 is a schematic diagram illustrating a schematic configuration of a wireless communication system according to a first exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

    Fig. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a base station device according to the present exemplary embodiment.

    Fig. 4 is a schematic diagram illustrating an example of a neighboring base station information table in the present exemplary embodiment.

    Fig. 5 is a sequence diagram illustrating a handover control procedure according to the present exemplary embodiment.

    Fig. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a handover control operation of a base station device according to the present exemplary embodiment.

    Fig. 7 is a schematic diagram illustrating a schematic configuration of a wireless communication system according to a second exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

    Fig. 8 is a sequence diagram illustrating a handover control procedure according to the present exemplary embodiment.


    [Description of Exemplary Embodiments]



    [0022] According to exemplary embodiments of the present invention, a base station device acquires a processing capability index of a neighboring base station device by inter-base-station communication. When the base station device detects that a cell of the neighboring base station device transfers from an inactive state to an active state, the base station device inhibits handover of a mobile terminal device to the activated cell, based on the processing capability index of the neighboring base station device, for a specified period of time. Consequently, increase in processing-load of the neighboring base station can be suppressed. Even a small base-station device with low processing capability can avoid a congestion state due to overload. Hereinafter, exemplary embodiments of the present invention are described in detail with reference to the drawings.

    1. First Exemplary Embodiment


    1. 1) System Configuration



    [0023] In Fig. 2, in order not to complicate description, it is assumed that a wireless communication system according to a first exemplary embodiment is configured by a base station device 100, a small base-station device 200, and a mobile terminal device 300, and that the base station device 100 and the small base-station device 200 are connected via an inter-base-station interface to each other. Here, a cell configuration is illustrated, in which a small cell 200a of the small base-station device 200 is included in a macrocell 100a of the base station device 100. However, the present exemplary embodiment is not limited thereto. Incidentally, the small cell 200a may be either a picocell or a microcell. Additionally, the base station device 100 and the small base-station device 200 may be connected to another base station device (not illustrated) via an inter-base-station interface. Hereinafter, a case where the base station device 100 makes an inactive cell of the small base-station device 200 transition to an active state is described as an example.

    1. 2) Base Station Device



    [0024] As illustrated in Fig. 3, the base station device 100 is configured by a wireless communication control unit 110, an inter-base-station communication control unit 120, a handover control unit 130, an activation control unit 140, and a neighboring base station device information table 150. However, here, for simplicity of drawing, only a configuration relating to the present exemplary embodiment is illustrated. The base station device 100 has a control unit equivalent to a base station device used in a general mobile communication system.

    [0025] The wireless communication control unit 110 is connected to a mobile terminal device via a wireless link, and performs data transmission and reception therewith. The inter-base-station communication control unit 120 establishes an inter-base-station interface with the neighboring base station device, and performs data transmission and reception with the neighboring base station device via the established inter-base-station interface. The handover control unit 130 executes handover execution determination and handover control, based on a measurement report from the mobile terminal device.

    [0026] The activation control unit 140 determines whether to activate the inactive cell 200a of the small base-station device 200 under the macrocell 100a of the base station device 100. Whether to activate the inactive cell 200a can be determined, based on statistical traffic information in the macrocell 100a. For example, in a traffic-peak time, the inactive cell is controlled to transfer to an active cell.

    [0027] As illustrated in Fig. 4, the neighboring base station information table 150 has a neighboring base station device ID concerning each of neighboring base station devices neighboring the base station device 100, neighboring cell information concerning a cell of each of the neighboring base station devices, surrounding cell information concerning cells located around the cell of each of the neighboring base station devices, handover inhibition timer information associated with each neighboring cell, the number of times of executing handover to the neighboring cell during the handover inhibition timer is being activated, and information concerning a processing capability index of each of the neighboring base station devices. Information concerning a cell of the neighboring base station device, neighboring cell information concerning a cell of the neighboring base station device, and information concerning the processing capability index of the neighboring base station device are recorded, based on information received when the inter-base-station interface is established.

    [0028] The handover timer information represents information indicating whether the handover inhibition timer is being activated (ON) or stopped (OFF), and an elapsed time if the timer is being activated. For example, in a cell C1a of a neighboring base station BS1 illustrated in Fig. 4, the handover inhibition timer is activated, and the elapsed time is T1a.

    [0029] The processing capability index is the number of processable calls per second, or the like. Additionally, the number of times of executing handover represents the number of times of executing, during the handover inhibition timer is being activated, handover processing from the cell 100a of the base station device 100 to the neighboring cell (here, the cell 200a).

    [0030] Incidentally, functions of the inter-base-station communication control unit 120, the handover control unit 130, and the activation control unit 140 can be implemented by executing programs stored in a memory (not illustrated) on a computer (CPU: Central Processing Unit).

    1. 3) Handover Inhibition Control



    [0031] In Fig. 5, first, the base station device 100 and the small base-station device 200 establish an inter-base-station interface by exchanging an inter-base-station interface establishment request message M200 and a response message M201 thereto. The inter-base-station interface establishment request message M200 and the response message M201 thereto include cell information concerning cells of the base station devices respectively transmitting these messages, neighboring cell information concerning cells of the neighboring base station devices respectively transmitting these messages, and information concerning a processing capability index of each of relevant neighboring base station devices. In the present exemplary embodiment, the base station device transmits the inter-base-station interface establishment request message M200, and the small base-station device transmits the response message M201. However, this may be vice versa.

    [0032] The inter-base-station control unit 120 of the base station device 100 extracts the above information from the response message M201 received from the small base-station device 200 and records the extracted information in a neighboring base station device information table 150 (operation S200). Next, if it is determined (operation S201) that an inactive cell of the small base-station device 200 is activated, the activation control unit 140 of the base station device 100 transmits a cell activation request message M202 to the small base-station device 200.

    [0033] The small base-station device 200 activates a cell designated in the cell activation request message M202 (operation S202) and transmits a cell activation request response message M203 to the base station device 100 after the cell is activated. Incidentally, in the present exemplary embodiment, the small base-station device 200 transmits the inter-base-station interface establishment response message M201 in which the neighboring cell information concerning the cell of the small base-station device 200 and the processing capability index of the small base-station device 200 are included. However, the small base-station device 200 may transmit the cell activation request response message M203 in which the neighboring cell information concerning the cell of the small base-station device 200 and the processing capability index of the small base-station device 200 are included. In this case, an operation S200 of the base station device 100 is performed after the base station device 100 receives the cell activation request response message M203.

    [0034] When the base station device 100 receives the cell activation request response message M203, the handover control unit 130 of the base station device 100 activates a handover inhibition timer associated with the activated designated-cell of the small base-station device 200 (operation S203). When the handover inhibition timer is activated, the handover inhibition timer information in the neighboring base station device information table 150 is updated to ON.

    [0035] If the handover inhibition timer is being activated, the handover control unit 130 inhibits the handover control conditionally, as is described below, even when receiving a measurement report message M204 from the mobile terminal device 300 (operation S204). Then, when the handover inhibition timer stops after elapse of a predetermined period of time, the handover control unit 130 updates the handover inhibition timer information in the relevant cell in the neighboring base station device information table 150 from ON to OFF, and initializes the number of times of executing handover (i.e., sets the number of times of executing handover to 0) (operation S205).

    [0036] Hereinafter, the handover inhibition control operation S204 in the base station device 100 according to the present exemplary embodiment is described with reference to Fig. 6.

    [0037] In Fig. 6, when the wireless communication control unit 110 of the base station device 100 receives the measurement report message M204 from the mobile terminal device 300, the handover control unit 130 determines, based on the received measurement report, a handover destination candidate cell (operation S300). Handover destination candidate cell determination processing can select, e.g., all of neighboring cells, each of which is larger in reference signal received power than the serving cell, as the candidate cells. Hereinafter, the handover destination candidate cells are assumed to be determined, based on the reference signal received power. However, a technique of determining a handover destination cell according to a measurement report value other than the received power may be employed.

    [0038] Next, the handover control unit 130 selects a cell (best cell), which is largest in reference signal received power, from the selected handover destination candidate cells and refers to the neighboring base station device information table 150. Thus the handover control unit 130 determines whether the handover inhibition timer is being activated in the best cell (operation S301). If the handover inhibition timer is being activated (operation S301; YES), the handover control unit 130 acquires cell information concerning the best cell from the neighboring base station device information table 150 (operation S302). The cell information includes the processing capability index of the neighboring base station device (here, the small base-station device 200) controlling the cell concerned, the number of neighboring cells, and the number of times of executing handover thereto.

    [0039] Next, the handover control unit 130 determines whether a value (actual result value) obtained by dividing a number calculated by adding 1 to the number of times of executing handover included in the acquired cell information by a handover inhibition timer elapsed time is smaller than a value (capability threshold) obtained by dividing the processing capability index by the number of the neighboring cells (operation S303).

    [0040] If the actual result value is less than the capability threshold (operation S303; YES), the handover control unit 130 can determine that the processing capability of the neighboring base station device has a margin. Therefore, the handover control unit 130 determines the best cell as a handover destination cell (operation S304) and increments the number of times of executing handover of the best cell in the neighboring base station device information table 150 by 1.

    [0041] If the actual result value is equal to or more than the capability threshold (operation S303; NO), the processing capability of the neighboring base station device of the best cell has no margin. Thus, the handover control unit 130 determines whether there is still another cell among the selected handover destination candidate cells (operation S305). If there is still another cell (operation S305; YES), the handover control unit 130 excludes, from the handover destination candidate cells, the cell of the neighboring base station device concerned (operation S306). Then, the handover control unit 130 returns to the above operation S301. If there are no other cells (operation S305; NO), the handover control unit 130 inhibits handover to the mobile terminal device 300 to the best cell (operation S307).

    [0042]  Incidentally, if the handover inhibition timer associated with the best cell is being stopped (operation S301; NO), as normal, the handover control unit 130 determines the best cell as a handover destination cell (operation S308). Thus, when the handover destination cell is determined, handover processing is executed as described with reference to Fig. 1.

    1. 4) Advantageous Effects



    [0043] As described above, according to the first exemplary embodiment of the present invention, when a cell of the neighboring small base-station device 200 transitions from an inactive state to an active state, handover of the mobile terminal device 300 to the activated cell 200a is inhibited, based on the processing capability index of the small base-station device 200, for a certain period of time until the inhibition timer is timed out. Consequently, rapid increase in processing-load of the small base-station device 200 can be avoided. Degradation of service quality due to a handover failure and a processing delay can be reduced.

    2. Second Exemplary Embodiment


    2. 1) System Configuration



    [0044] In Fig. 7, in order not to complicate description, it is assumed that a wireless communication system according to a second exemplary embodiment is configured by base station devices 100 and 101, a small base-station device 200, and mobile terminal devices 300 and 301, and that each of the base station devices 100 and 101 is connected to the small base-station device 200 via an inter-base-station interface. Here, a cell configuration is illustrated, in which a small cell 200a of the small base-station device 200 is provided in a peripheral portion where a macrocell 100a of the base station device 100 overlaps a macrocell 101a of the base station device 101. However, the present exemplary embodiment is not limited thereto. It is assumed that the mobile terminal device 300 is located in the cell 100a of the base station device 100, and that the mobile terminal device 301 is located in the cell 101a of the base station device 101. Hereinafter, a case where the base station device 100 makes an inactive cell of the small base-station device 200 transition to an active state is described as an example.

    2. 2) Base Station Device



    [0045] The base station devices 100 and 101 each have a configuration similar to the block configuration illustrated in Fig. 3. Therefore, description of the base station devices 100 and 101 is omitted.

    2. 3) Handover Inhibition Control



    [0046] In a sequence diagram illustrated in Fig. 8, a same operation as that in the handover inhibition control procedure according to the first exemplary embodiment illustrated in Fig. 5 is designated with same reference numeral. Therefore, description of such an operation is omitted. Only different operations in the procedure are described.

    [0047] As already described, similarly to the procedure in which the base station device 100 and the small base-station device 200 establish the inter-base-station interface, the base station device 101 and the small base-station device 200 establish the inter-base-station interface by exchanging an inter-base-station interface establishment request message M200 and a response message M201 thereto. Then, the base station devices 100 and 101 extract the above information from the response message M201 received from the small base-station device 200 and records the extracted information on a neighboring base station device information table 150 (operation S200). In addition, as described above, the inter-base-station interface establishment request message M200 and the response message M201 thereto include cell information concerning cells located under the transmitting-side base station devices, neighboring cell information concerning cells respectively the neighboring cells of the transmitting-side base station devices, and information concerning a processing capability index of each of relevant neighboring base station devices. As a specific processing capability index, the number of processable calls per second is set.

    [0048] The small base-station device 200 activates a designated cell according to the cell activation request message M202 received from the base station device 100 (operation S202). After the activation of the cell, the small base-station device 200 transmits a cell activation request response message M203 and a cell state change notification message M205 to the base station devices 100 and 101, respectively. Incidentally, even in the present exemplary embodiment, similarly to the first exemplary embodiment, the neighboring cell information, and information concerning the processing capability index may be transmitted by being included in each of the cell activation request response message M203 and the cell state change notification message M205. In this case, the operation S200 of each of the base station devices 100 and 101 is performed after an associated one of the cell activation request response message M203 and the cell state change notification message M205 is received.

    [0049] When the base station devices 100 and 101 receive the cell activation request response message M203 and the cell state change notification message M205, respectively, a handover inhibition timer associated with the designated cell activated by the small base-station device 200 is activated (operation S203). When the handover inhibition timer is activated, handover inhibition timer information in a neighboring base station device information table 150 of each of the base station devices 100 and 101 is updated to ON.

    [0050] If the handover inhibition timer is being activated, the base station device 100 inhibits the handover control conditionally, as already described, even when receiving a measurement report message M204 from the mobile terminal device 300. Similarly, the base station device 101 inhibits the handover control conditionally, even when receiving a measurement report message M204 from the mobile terminal device 301 (operation S204). Then, when the handover inhibition timer stops after elapse of a predetermined period of time, each of the base station devices 100 and 101 updates the handover inhibition timer information in the relevant cell in the neighboring base station device information table 150 from ON to OFF, and initializes the number (= 0) of times of executing handover (operation S205). The handover inhibition control operation S204 of the base station device 101 is similar to that of the base station device 100 described with reference to Fig. 6. Therefore, description of the handover inhibition control operation S204 of the base station device 101 is omitted.

    [Industrial Applicability]



    [0051] The present invention is applicable to a power saving technique in a wireless communication system and, more particularly, to reduction of a load on a small base-station device.

    [Reference Signs List]



    [0052] 
    100, 101
    base station devices
    100a, 101a
    base station device cells
    200a
    small base-station cell
    300, 301
    mobile terminal devices
    110
    wireless communication control unit
    120
    inter-base-station communication control unit
    130
    handover control unit
    140
    activation control unit
    150
    neighboring base station device information table



    Claims

    1. A base station device (100, 101) for a wireless communication system, the base station device (100, 101) comprising:

    a neighboring base station information storage means (150) adapted to store neighboring base station information including respective neighboring cell information concerning a cell of each neighboring base station device, handover inhibition timer information, which indicates whether a handover inhibition timer that indicates a predetermined handover inhibition time is activated or stopped and an elapsed time thereof when being activated, associated with a neighboring cell (200a) managed by a neighboring base station device (200), a number of times of executing handover to the neighboring cell during the handover inhibition timer is being activated, and a processing capability index of the neighboring base station device (200) indicating the number of calls which can be processed per second; and

    a handover control means (130) adapted to activate the handover inhibition timer for a neighboring cell (200a) which has transferred from an inactive state to an active state for specifying a predetermined period of time during which handover inhibition control is performed, and to conditionally inhibit, in the handover inhibition control, handover of a subordinate mobile terminal device (300) to the neighboring cell (200a) for which the handover inhibition timer has been activated, based on a margin of a processing capability of the neighboring base station device (200),

    wherein the handover control means (130) is further adapted to perform the handover inhibition control, including to:

    determine handover destination candidate cells for handover of the subordinate mobile terminal device (300), select a best cell from the handover destination candidate cells and to determine whether the handover inhibition timer is being activated in the best cell;

    determine, if the handover inhibition timer is not being activated, the best cell as a handover destination cell;

    acquire, if the handover inhibition timer is being activated, cell information concerning the best cell from the neighboring base station information storage means (150), wherein the cell information including the processing capability index, the number of neighboring cells, and the number of times of executing handover;

    determine whether the processing capability of the best cell has the margin based on the acquired cell information by comparing an actual result value with a capability threshold, wherein the actual result value is obtained by dividing a number calculated by adding 1 to the number of times of executing handover by a handover inhibition timer elapsed time, and the capability threshold is obtained by dividing the processing capability index by the number of the neighboring cells;

    determine, when the actual value is less than the capability threshold, the best cell as a handover destination cell; and

    inhibit the handover to the best cell, when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is no other handover destination candidate cell, and return to determine the handover inhibition timer for another handover destination candidate cell excluding the best cell being selected, when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is still another handover destination candidate cell.


     
    2. The base station device (100, 101) according to claim 1,
    wherein the handover inhibition timer is activated after receiving a cell activation request response message or a cell state change notification message from the neighboring base station device (200) that has transferred the neighboring cell from the inactive state to the active state.
     
    3. A handover control method performed by a base station device (100, 101) for a wireless communication system, the method comprising:

    storing, in a neighboring base station information storage means (150), neighboring base station information including respective neighboring cell information concerning a cell of each neighboring base station device, handover inhibition timer information, which indicates whether a handover inhibition timer that indicates a predetermined handover inhibition time is activated or stopped and an elapsed time thereof when being activated, associated with a neighboring cell (200a) managed by a neighboring base station device (200), a number of times of executing handover to the neighboring cell during the handover inhibition timer is being activated, and a processing capability index of the neighboring base station device (200) indicating the number of calls which can be processed per second;

    activating the handover inhibition timer for a neighboring cell (200a) which has transferred from an inactive state to an active state for specifying a predetermined period of time during which handover inhibition control is performed; and

    conditionally inhibiting, in the handover inhibition control, handover of a subordinate mobile terminal device (300) to the neighboring cell (200a) for which the handover inhibition timer has been activated, based on a margin of a processing capability of the neighboring base station device (200),

    wherein the handover inhibition control comprises:

    determining handover destination candidate cells for handover of the subordinate mobile terminal device (300), selecting a best cell from the handover destination candidate cells and determining whether the handover inhibition timer is being activated in the best cell;

    determining, if the handover inhibition timer is not being activated, the best cell as a handover destination cell;

    acquiring, when the handover inhibition timer is being activated, cell information concerning the best cell from the neighboring base station information storage means (150), wherein the cell information including the processing capability index, the number of neighboring cells, and the number of times of executing handover;

    determining whether the processing capability of the best cell has the margin based on the acquired cell information by comparing an actual result value with a capability threshold, wherein the actual result value is obtained by dividing a number calculated by adding 1 to the number of times of executing handover by a handover inhibition timer elapsed time, and the capability threshold is obtained by dividing the processing capability index by the number of the neighboring cells;

    determining, when the actual value is less than the capability threshold, the best cell as a handover destination cell; and

    inhibiting the handover to the best cell, when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is no other handover destination candidate cell, and returning to determine the handover inhibition timer for another handover destination candidate cell excluding the best cell being selected, when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is still another handover destination candidate cell.


     
    4. The handover control method according to claim 3,
    wherein the handover inhibition timer is activated after receiving a cell activation request response message or a cell state change notification message from the neighboring base station device (200) that has transferred the neighboring cell (200a) from the inactive state to the active state.
     
    5. A program that when executed by a processor of a base station device (100, 101) for a wireless communication system causes the base station device (100, 101) to carry out a handover control method comprising:

    storing, in a neighboring base station information storage means (150), neighboring base station information including respective neighboring cell information concerning a cell of each neighboring base station device, handover inhibition timer information, which indicates whether a handover inhibition timer that indicates a predetermined handover inhibition time is activated or stopped and an elapsed time thereof when being activated, associated with a neighboring cell (200a) managed by a neighboring base station device (200), a number of times of executing handover to the neighboring cell during the handover inhibition timer is being activated, and a processing capability index of the neighboring base station device (200) indicating the number of calls which can be processed per second; and

    activating the handover inhibition timer for a neighboring cell (200a) which has transferred from an inactive state to an active state for specifying a predetermined period of time during which handover inhibition control is performed; and

    conditionally inhibiting, in the handover inhibition control, handover of a subordinate mobile terminal device (300) to the neighboring cell (200a) for which the handover inhibition timer has been activated, based on a margin of a processing capability of the neighboring base station device (200),

    wherein the handover inhibition control comprises:

    determining handover destination candidate cells for handover of the subordinate mobile terminal device (300), selecting a best cell from the handover destination candidate cells and determining whether the handover inhibition timer is being activated in the best cell;

    determining, if the handover inhibition timer is not being activated, the best cell as a handover destination cell;

    acquiring, if the handover inhibition timer is being activated, cell information concerning the best cell from the neighboring base station information storage means (150), wherein the cell information including the processing capability index, the number of neighboring cells, and the number of times of executing handover;

    determining whether the processing capability of the best cell has the margin based on the acquired cell information by comparing an actual result value with a capability threshold, wherein the actual result value is obtained by dividing a number calculated by adding 1 to the number of times of executing handover by a handover inhibition timer elapsed time, and the capability threshold is obtained by dividing the processing capability index by the number of the neighboring cells;

    determining, when the actual value is less than the capability threshold, the best cell as a handover destination cell; and

    inhibiting the handover to the best cell, when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is no other handover destination candidate cell, and returning to determine the handover inhibition timer for another handover destination candidate cell excluding the best cell being selected, when the actual value is equal to or more than the capability threshold and there is still another handover destination candidate cell.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Basisstationsvorrichtung (100, 101) für ein Drahtloskommunikationssystem, wobei die Basisstationsvorrichtung (100, 101) aufweist:

    eine Nachbarbasisstationsinformationsspeichereinrichtung (150), die dazu eingerichtet ist, Nachbarbasisstationsinformation zu speichern, die entsprechende Nachbarzelleninformation bezüglich einer Zelle jeder Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung, Handover-Sperrzeitgeberinformation, die anzeigt, ob ein Handover-Sperrzeitgeber, der eine vorgegebene Handover-Sperrzeit anzeigt, aktiviert oder gestoppt ist, und eine verstrichene Zeit des Sperrzeitgebers anzeigt, wenn er aktiviert ist, und der einer Nachbarzelle (200a) zugeordnet ist, die durch eine Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) gemanagt wird, eine Anzahl der Ausführung von Handover-Vorgängen an die Nachbarzelle, während der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert ist, und einen Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex der Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) enthält, der die Anzahl von Anrufen anzeigt, die pro Sekunde verarbeitet werden können; und

    eine Handover-Steuereinrichtung (130), die dazu eingerichtet ist, den Handover-Sperrzeitgeber für eine Nachbarzelle (200a) zu aktivieren, der von einem inaktiven Zustand in einen aktiven Zustand übergegangen ist, um eine vorgegebene Zeitdauer zu spezifizieren, während der eine Handover-Sperrsteuerung ausgeführt wird, und um in der Handover-Sperrsteuerung ein Handover eines untergeordneten mobilen Endgeräts (300) an die Nachbarzelle (200a), für die der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert worden ist, basierend auf einer Verarbeitungsfähigkeit der Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) bedingt zu sperren,

    wobei die Handover-Steuereinrichtung (130) ferner dazu eingerichtet ist, die Handover-Sperrsteuerung auszuführen, die die Schritte beinhaltet:

    Bestimmen von Handover-Zielkandidatenzellen für ein Handover des untergeordneten mobilen Endgeräts (300), Auswählen einer besten Zelle aus den Handover-Zielkandidatenzellen, und Bestimmen, ob der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber in der besten Zelle aktiviert ist;

    Bestimmen, wenn der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber nicht aktiviert ist, der besten Zelle als eine Handover-Zielzelle;

    Erfassen, wenn der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert ist, von Zelleninformation bezüglich der besten Zelle von der Nachbarbasisstationsinformationsspeichereinrichtung (150), wobei die Zelleninformation den Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex, die Anzahl von Nachbarzellen und die Anzahl der Ausführung von Handover-Vorgängen enthält;

    Bestimmen, ob die Verarbeitungsfähigkeit der besten Zelle einen Spielraum hat, basierend auf der erfassten Zelleninformation durch Vergleichen eines tatsächlichen Ergebniswertes mit einem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert, wobei der tatsächliche Ergebniswert durch Teilen einer Zahl, die durch Addieren von 1 zu der Anzahl der Ausführung eines Handovers berechnet wird, durch eine verstrichene Zeit des Handover-Sperrzeitgebers erhalten wird, und wobei der Fähigkeitsschwellenwert durch Teilen des Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex durch die Anzahl der Nachbarzellen erhalten wird;

    Bestimmen, wenn der tatsächliche Wert kleiner als der Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist, der besten Zelle als eine Handover-Zielzelle; und

    Sperren des Handovers an die beste Zelle, wenn der tatsächliche Wert größer oder gleich dem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist und keine andere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle vorhanden ist, und Zurückkehren zum Bestimmungsschritt bezüglich des Handover-Sperrzeitgebers für eine andere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle mit Ausnahme der ausgewählten besten Zelle, wenn der tatsächliche Wert größer oder gleich dem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist und es noch eine weitere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle gibt.


     
    2. Basisstationsvorrichtung (100,101) nach Anspruch 1,
    wobei der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert wird, nachdem eine Antwortnachricht auf eine Zellenaktivierungsanforderung oder eine Zellenzustandsänderungsmitteilungsnachricht von der Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) empfangen wurde, die die Nachbarzelle vom inaktiven Zustand in den aktiven Zustand umgeschaltet hat.
     
    3. Handover-Steuerverfahren, das durch eine Basisstationsvorrichtung (100, 101) für ein Drahtloskommunikationssystem ausgeführt wird, wobei das Verfahren die Schritte aufweist:

    Speichern von Nachbarbasisstationsinformation, die entsprechende Nachbarzelleninformation bezüglich einer Zelle jeder Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung, Handover-Sperrzeitgeberinformation, die anzeigt, ob ein Handover-Sperrzeitgeber, der eine vorgegebene Handover-Sperrzeit anzeigt, aktiviert oder gestoppt ist, und eine verstrichene Zeit davon anzeigt, wenn er aktiviert ist, und der einer Nachbarzelle (200a) zugeordnet ist, die durch eine Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) gemanagt wird, eine Anzahl der Ausführung eines Handovers an die Nachbarzelle, während der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert ist, und einen Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex der Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) enthält, die die Anzahl von Anrufen anzeigt, die pro Sekunde verarbeitet werden können, in einer Nachbarbasisstationsinformationsspeichereinrichtung (150);

    Aktivieren des Handover-Sperrzeitgebers für eine Nachbarzelle (200a), die von einem inaktiven Zustand in einen aktiven Zustand umgeschaltet hat, zum Spezifizieren einer vorgegebenen Zeitdauer, während der eine Handover-Sperrsteuerung ausgeführt wird; und

    bedingtes Sperren eines Handovers eines untergeordneten mobilen Endgeräts (300) an die Nachbarzelle (200a), für die der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert worden ist, in der Handover-Sperrsteuerung basierend auf einem Spielraum einer Verarbeitungsfähigkeit der Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200),

    wobei die Handover-Sperrsteuerung die Schritte aufweist:

    Bestimmen von Handover-Zielkandidatenzellen für ein Handover des untergeordneten mobilen Endgeräts (300), Auswählen einer besten Zelle aus den Handover-Zielkandidatenzellen, und Bestimmen, ob der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber in der besten Zelle aktiviert ist;

    Bestimmen, wenn der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber nicht aktiviert ist, der besten Zelle als eine Handover-Zielzelle;

    Erfassen, wenn der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert ist, von Zelleninformation bezüglich der besten Zelle von der Nachbarbasisstationsinformationsspeichereinrichtung (150), wobei die Zelleninformation den Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex, die Anzahl von Nachbarzellen und die Anzahl der Ausführung von Handover-Vorgängen enthält;

    Bestimmen, ob die Verarbeitungsfähigkeit der besten Zelle einen Spielraum hat, basierend auf der erfassten Zelleninformation durch Vergleichen eines tatsächlichen Ergebniswertes mit einem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert, wobei der tatsächliche Ergebniswert durch Teilen einer Zahl, die durch Addieren von 1 zu der Anzahl der Ausführung eines Handovers berechnet wird, durch eine verstrichene Zeit des Handover-Sperrzeitgebers erhalten wird, und wobei der Fähigkeitsschwellenwert durch Teilen des Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex durch die Anzahl der Nachbarzellen erhalten wird;

    Bestimmen, wenn der tatsächliche Wert kleiner als der Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist, der besten Zelle als eine Handover-Zielzelle; und

    Sperren des Handovers an die beste Zelle, wenn der tatsächliche Wert größer oder gleich dem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist und keine andere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle vorhanden ist, und Zurückkehren zum Bestimmungsschritt bezüglich des Handover-Sperrzeitgebers für eine andere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle mit Ausnahme der ausgewählten besten Zelle, wenn der tatsächliche Wert größer oder gleich dem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist und es noch eine weitere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle gibt.


     
    4. Handover-Steuerverfahren nach Anspruch 3, wobei der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert wird, nachdem eine Antwortnachricht auf eine Zellenaktivierungsanforderung oder eine Zellenzustandsänderungsmitteilungsnachricht von der Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) empfangen wurde, die die Nachbarzelle (200a) vom inaktiven Zustand in den aktiven Zustand umgeschaltet hat.
     
    5. Programm, das, wenn es durch einen Prozessor einer Basisstationsvorrichtung (100, 101) für ein Drahtloskommunikationssystem ausgeführt wird, veranlasst, dass die Basisstationsvorrichtung (100, 101) ein Handover-Steuerverfahren ausführt, das die Schritte aufweist:

    Speichern von Nachbarbasisstationsinformation, die entsprechende Nachbarzelleninformation bezüglich einer Zelle jeder Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung, Handover-Sperrzeitgeberinformation, die anzeigt, ob ein Handover-Sperrzeitgeber, der eine vorgegebene Handover-Sperrzeit anzeigt, aktiviert oder gestoppt ist, und eine verstrichene Zeit davon anzeigt, wenn er aktiviert ist, und der einer Nachbarzelle (200a) zugeordnet ist, die durch eine Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) gemanagt wird, eine Anzahl der Ausführung von Handover-Vorgängen an die Nachbarzelle, während der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert ist, und einen Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex der Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200) enthält, der die Anzahl von Anrufen anzeigt, die pro Sekunde verarbeitet werden können, in einer Nachbarbasisstationsinformationsspeichereinrichtung (150);

    Aktivieren des Handover-Sperrzeitgebers für eine Nachbarzelle (200a), die von einem inaktiven Zustand in einen aktiven Zustand umgeschaltet hat, zum Spezifizieren einer vorgegebenen Zeitdauer, während der eine Handover-Sperrsteuerung ausgeführt wird; und

    bedingtes Sperren eines Handovers eines untergeordneten mobilen Endgeräts (300) an die Nachbarzelle (200a), für die der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert worden ist, in der Handover-Sperrsteuerung basierend auf einem Spielraum einer Verarbeitungsfähigkeit der Nachbarbasisstationsvorrichtung (200),

    wobei die Handover-Sperrsteuerung die Schritte aufweist:

    Bestimmen von Handover-Zielkandidatenzellen für ein Handover des untergeordneten mobilen Endgeräts (300), Auswählen einer besten Zelle aus den Handover-Zielkandidatenzellen, und Bestimmen, ob der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber in der besten Zelle aktiviert ist;

    Bestimmen, wenn der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber nicht aktiviert ist, der besten Zelle als eine Handover-Zielzelle;

    Erfassen, wenn der Handover-Sperrzeitgeber aktiviert ist, von Zelleninformation bezüglich der besten Zelle von der Nachbarbasisstationsinformationsspeichereinrichtung (150), wobei die Zelleninformation den Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex, die Anzahl von Nachbarzellen und die Anzahl der Ausführung von Handover-Vorgängen enthält;

    Bestimmen, ob die Verarbeitungsfähigkeit der besten Zelle einen Spielraum hat, basierend auf der erfassten Zelleninformation durch Vergleichen eines tatsächlichen Ergebniswertes mit einem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert, wobei der tatsächliche Ergebniswert durch Teilen einer Zahl, die durch Addieren von 1 zu der Anzahl der Ausführung eines Handovers berechnet wird, durch eine verstrichene Zeit des Handover-Sperrzeitgebers erhalten wird, und wobei der Fähigkeitsschwellenwert durch Teilen des Verarbeitungsfähigkeitsindex durch die Anzahl der Nachbarzellen erhalten wird;

    Bestimmen, wenn der tatsächliche Wert kleiner als der Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist, der besten Zelle als eine Handover-Zielzelle; und

    Sperren des Handovers an die beste Zelle, wenn der tatsächliche Wert größer oder gleich dem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist und keine andere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle vorhanden ist, und Zurückkehren zum Bestimmungsschritt bezüglich des Handover-Sperrzeitgebers für eine andere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle mit Ausnahme der ausgewählten besten Zelle, wenn der tatsächliche Wert größer oder gleich dem Fähigkeitsschwellenwert ist und es noch eine weitere Handover-Zielkandidatenzelle gibt.


     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif de station de base (100, 101) pour un système de communication sans fil, le dispositif de station de base (100, 101) comprenant :

    un moyen de stockage d'informations de station de base voisine (150) adapté pour stocker des informations de station de base voisine comprenant des informations de cellule voisine respectives concernant une cellule de chaque dispositif de station de base voisin, des informations de temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert, qui indiquent si un temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert qui indique un temps d'inhibition de transfert prédéterminé est activé ou arrêté et un temps écoulé de celui-ci lorsqu'il est activé, associées à une cellule voisine (200a) gérée par un dispositif de station de base voisin (200), un nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert vers la cellule voisine pendant que le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé, et un indice de capacité de traitement du dispositif de station de base voisin (200) indiquant le nombre d'appels qui peuventêtre traités par seconde; et

    un moyen de commande de transfert (130) adapté pour activer le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert pour une cellule voisine (200a) qui est passée d'un état inactif à un état actif pour spécifier une période de temps prédéterminée pendant laquelle une commande d'inhibition de transfert est effectuée, et pour inhiber conditionnellement, dans la commande d'inhibition de transfert, un transfert d'un dispositif de terminal mobile subordonné (300) vers la cellule voisine (200a) pour laquelle le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert a été activé, sur la base d'une marge d'une capacité de traitement du dispositif de station de base voisin (200),

    dans lequel le moyen de commande de transfert (130) est en outre adapté pour effectuer la commande d'inhibition de transfert, comprenant le fait de :

    déterminer des cellules candidates de destination de transfert pour un transfert du dispositif de terminal mobile subordonné (300), sélectionner une meilleure cellule parmi les cellules candidates de destination de transfert et déterminer si le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé dans la meilleure cellule ;

    déterminer, si le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert n'est pas activé, la meilleure cellule en tant que cellule de destination de transfert ;

    acquérir, si le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé, des informations de cellule concernant la meilleure cellule à partir du moyen de stockage d'informations de station de base voisine (150), dans lequel les informations de cellule comprennent l'indice de capacité de traitement, le nombre de cellules voisines, et le nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert ;

    déterminer si la capacité de traitement de la meilleure cellule a la marge sur la base des informations de cellule acquises en comparant une valeur de résultat réelle avec un seuil de capacité, dans lequel la valeur de résultat réelle est obtenue en divisant un nombre calculé en ajoutant 1 au nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert par un temps écoulé de temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert, et le seuil de capacité est obtenu en divisant l'indice de capacité de traitement par le nombre des cellules voisines ;

    déterminer, lorsque la valeur réelle est inférieure au seuil de capacité, la meilleure cellule en tant que cellule de destination de transfert ; et

    inhiber le transfert vers la meilleure cellule, lorsque la valeur réelle est égale ou supérieure au seuil de capacité et qu'il n'y a pas d'autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert, et retourner à la détermination du temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert pour une autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert à l'exclusion de la meilleure cellule qui est sélectionnée, lorsque la valeur réelle est égale ou supérieure au seuil de capacité et qu'il y a encore une autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert.


     
    2. Dispositif de station de base (100, 101) selon la revendication 1,
    dans lequel le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé après la réception d'un message de réponse de demande d'activation de cellule ou d'un message de notification de changement d'état de cellule en provenance du dispositif de station de base voisin (200) qui a fait passer la cellule voisine de l'état inactif à l'état actif.
     
    3. Procédé de commande de transfert effectué par un dispositif de station de base (100, 101) pour un système de communication sans fil, le procédé comprenant :

    le stockage, dans un moyen de stockage d'informations de station de base voisine (150), d'informations de station de base voisine comprenant des informations de cellule voisine respectives concernant une cellule de chaque dispositif de station de base voisin, des informations de temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert, qui indiquent si un temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert qui indique un temps d'inhibition de transfert prédéterminé est activé ou arrêté et un temps écoulé de celui-ci lorsqu'il est activé, associées à une cellule voisine (200a) gérée par un dispositif de station de base voisin (200), un nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert vers la cellule voisine pendant que le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé, et un indice de capacité de traitement du dispositif de station de base voisin (200) indiquant le nombre d'appels qui peuventêtre traités par seconde;

    l'activation du temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert pour une cellule voisine (200a) qui est passée d'un état inactif à un état actif pour spécifier une période de temps prédéterminée pendant laquelle une commande d'inhibition de transfert est effectuée ; et

    l'inhibition conditionnelle, dans la commande d'inhibition de transfert, d'un transfert d'un dispositif de terminal mobile subordonné (300) vers la cellule voisine (200a) pour laquelle le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert a été activé, sur la base d'une marge d'une capacité de traitement du dispositif de station de base voisin (200),

    dans lequel la commande d'inhibition de transfert comprend :

    la détermination de cellules candidates de destination de transfert pour un transfert du dispositif de terminal mobile subordonné (300), la sélection d'une meilleure cellule parmi les cellules candidates de destination de transfert et la détermination de si le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé dans la meilleure cellule ;

    la détermination, si le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert n'est pas activé, de la meilleure cellule en tant que cellule de destination de transfert;

    l'acquisition, lorsque le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé, d'informations de cellule concernant la meilleure cellule à partir du moyen de stockage d'informations de station de base voisine (150), dans lequel les informations de cellule comprennent l'indice de capacité de traitement, le nombre de cellules voisines, et le nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert ;

    la détermination de si la capacité de traitement de la meilleure cellule a la marge sur la base des informations de cellule acquises en comparant une valeur de résultat réelle avec un seuil de capacité, dans lequel la valeur de résultat réelle est obtenue en divisant un nombre calculé en ajoutant 1 au nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert par un temps écoulé de temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert, et le seuil de capacité est obtenu en divisant l'indice de capacité de traitement par le nombre des cellules voisines ;

    la détermination, lorsque la valeur réelle est inférieure au seuil de capacité, de la meilleure cellule en tant que cellule de destination de transfert; et

    l'inhibition du transfert vers la meilleure cellule, lorsque la valeur réelle est égale ou supérieure au seuil de capacité et qu'il n'y a pas d'autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert, et le retour à la détermination du temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert pour une autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert à l'exclusion de la meilleure cellule qui est sélectionnée, lorsque la valeur réelle est égale ou supérieure au seuil de capacité et qu'il y a encore une autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert.


     
    4. Procédé de commande de transfert selon la revendication 3,
    dans lequel le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé après la réception d'un message de réponse de demande d'activation de cellule ou d'un message de notification de changement d'état de cellule en provenance du dispositif de station de base voisin (200) qui a fait passer la cellule voisine (200a) de l'état inactif à l'état actif.
     
    5. Programme qui, lorsqu'il est exécuté par un processeur d'un dispositif de station de base (100, 101) pour un système de communication sans fil, amène le dispositif de station de base (100, 101) à réaliser un procédé de commande de transfert comprenant :

    le stockage, dans un moyen de stockage d'informations de station de base voisine (150), d'informations de station de base voisine comprenant des informations de cellule voisine respectives concernant une cellule de chaque dispositif de station de base voisin, des informations de temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert, qui indiquent si un temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert qui indique un temps d'inhibition de transfert prédéterminé est activé ou arrêté et un temps écoulé de celui-ci lorsqu'il est activé, associées à une cellule voisine (200a) gérée par un dispositif de station de base voisin (200), un nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert vers la cellule voisine pendant que le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé, et un indice de capacité de traitement du dispositif de station de base voisin (200) indiquant le nombre d'appels qui peuventêtre traités par seconde;

    l'activation du temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert pour une cellule voisine (200a) qui est passée d'un état inactif à un état actif pour spécifier une période de temps prédéterminée pendant laquelle une commande d'inhibition de transfert est effectuée; et

    l'inhibition conditionnelle, dans la commande d'inhibition de transfert, d'un transfert d'un dispositif de terminal mobile subordonné (300) vers la cellule voisine (200a) pour laquelle le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert a été activé, sur la base d'une marge d'une capacité de traitement du dispositif de station de base voisin (200),

    dans lequel la commande d'inhibition de transfert comprend :

    la détermination de cellules candidates de destination de transfert pour un transfert du dispositif de terminal mobile subordonné (300), la sélection d'une meilleure cellule parmi les cellules candidates de destination de transfert et la détermination de si le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé dans la meilleure cellule ;

    la détermination, si le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert n'est pas activé, de la meilleure cellule en tant que cellule de destination de transfert;

    l'acquisition, si le temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert est activé, d'informations de cellule concernant la meilleure cellule à partir du moyen de stockage d'informations de station de base voisine (150), dans lequel les informations de cellule comprennent l'indice de capacité de traitement, le nombre de cellules voisines, et le nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert ;

    la détermination de si la capacité de traitement de la meilleure cellule a la marge sur la base des informations de cellule acquises en comparant une valeur de résultat réelle avec un seuil de capacité, dans lequel la valeur de résultat réelle est obtenue en divisant un nombre calculé en ajoutant 1 au nombre de fois d'exécution de transfert par un temps écoulé de temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert, et le seuil de capacité est obtenu en divisant l'indice de capacité de traitement par le nombre des cellules voisines ;

    la détermination, lorsque la valeur réelle est inférieure au seuil de capacité, de la meilleure cellule en tant que cellule de destination de transfert ; et

    l'inhibition du transfert vers la meilleure cellule, lorsque la valeur réelle est égale ou supérieure au seuil de capacité et qu'il n'y a pas d'autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert, et le retour à la détermination du temporisateur d'inhibition de transfert pour une autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert à l'exclusion de la meilleure cellule qui est sélectionnée, lorsque la valeur réelle est égale ou supérieure au seuil de capacité et qu'il y a encore une autre cellule candidate de destination de transfert.


     




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