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(11)EP 3 059 876 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(21)Application number: 14864923.9

(22)Date of filing:  18.06.2014
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04B 7/024  (2017.01)
H04L 5/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2014/080210
(87)International publication number:
WO 2015/074413 (28.05.2015 Gazette  2015/21)

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DOWNLINK RESOURCE INDICATION METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLE-POINT-COORDINATION NETWORK IN LTE SYSTEM

DOWNLINK-RESSOURCENANZEIGEVERFAHREN, VORRICHTUNG UND SYSTEM FÜR MEHRPUNKTKOORDINATIONSNETZWERK IN EINEM LTE-SYSTEM

PROCÉDÉ D'INDICATION DE RESSOURCES DE LIAISON DESCENDANTE, APPAREIL ET SYSTÈME POUR RÉSEAU À COORDINATION DE POINTS MULTIPLES DANS UN SYSTÈME LTE


(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: 22.11.2013 CN 201310598013

(43)Date of publication of application:
24.08.2016 Bulletin 2016/34

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

(72)Inventors:
  • LI, Nan
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • HUANG, Chen
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • ZHANG, Dongying
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • REN, Zhen
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • GENG, Peng
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • QIU, Gang
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • RUAN, Yufeng
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • ZHANG, Fang
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)
  • YUAN, Xi
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518057 (CN)

(74)Representative: Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann 
Patent- und Rechtsanwälte mbB Zweibrückenstraße 5-7
80331 München
80331 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
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WO-A1-2013/157894
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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 the field of wireless communication technology, and specifically, to a method, apparatus and system for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) system.

Background of the Related Art



[0002] In the LTE and Long-Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) systems, downlink system resources are divided into two parts, i.e., a control region and a data region. Herein the control region is primarily used for transmitting control signals of a system or a User Equipment (UE), which comprise a Common Reference Signal (CRS), a Physical Control Format Indicator Channel (PCFICH), a Physical Hybrid-ARQ Indicator Channel (PHICH), a Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) or the like. The data region is primarily used for transmitting a Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) of the UE.

[0003] For the LTE system, one downlink subframe comprises 14 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbols, wherein the first 1-3 OFDM symbols are the control region, and the number of OFDM symbols occupied by the control region is notified by a base station to the UE through the PCFICH channel. Except for the control region, the remaining OFDM symbols are used as the data region to transmit the PDSCH. A diagram of the control region and the data region is shown in Fig. 1.

[0004] When the network schedules downlink services of a user and allocates the downlink radio resources, the base station transmits scheduling information to the UE through the PDCCH channel. The resource positions in the scheduling information only comprise positions in the frequency domain allocated to the UE, and in the time domain, resource positions are remaining OFDM symbols excluding the control region by default for the UE. For example, the control region occupies the first 3 OFDM symbols, and then the 4th to 14th OFDM symbols in the time domain belong to the data region by default for the UE, i.e., the data region occupies 11 OFDM symbols.

[0005] The coordinated multi-point network in the LTE system refers to that different stations/cells transmit information to the same UE in the LTE system. Different stations/cells may transmit the same information to the same UE for example downlink Joint Transmission (JT) transmission technology in the Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP). Different stations/cells may also transmit different information to the same UE, for example, one station/cell transmits the PDCCH to a UE, and another station/cell transmits the downlink PDSCH to the UE. The coordinated multi-point network described here refers to a scenario where different stations/cells transmit different information to the same UE, for example, one station/cell transmits the PDCCH to a UE, and another station/cell transmits the PDSCH to the UE. A station/cell which transmits the PDCCH to a UE is referred to as a control station/cell, and a station/cell which transmits the PDSCH to a UE is referred to as a service station/cell. In the coordinated multi-point network, when the station/cell which transmits the PDSCH to the UE doesn't need to transmit a control channel such as the PDCCH or the like, the control region thereof is idle and cannot transmit the PDSCH, which wastes valuable radio resources.

[0006] In the LTE-A system, characteristics of carrier aggregation are introduced, and cross-carrier scheduling is allowed, i.e., using the PDCCH transmitted on one carrier to schedule the PDSCH on another carrier. At this time, the PDCCH and the PDSCH of the UE are on different carriers respectively, and a carrier on which the PDCCH is transmitted to the UE is referred to as a control carrier, and a carrier on which the PDSCH is transmitted to the UE is referred to as a service carrier. If the carrier on which the PDSCH is transmitted have no control channel for transmission, the control region thereof is idle, which wastes valuable radio resources.

[0007] Further, in order to better ensure transmission quality of control information of the Pico station, an enhanced Physical Downlink Control Channel ePDCCH is introduced in the standard Release 11 (R11) of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The ePDCCH has the same function and purpose as those of the PDCCH in the standard R8/9 of the 3GPP, and may be used to indicate the scheduling information of the PDSCH or PUSCH of a UE. However, resource positions of the ePDCCH are different from those of the PDCCH/PHICH of the 3GPP standard R8/9 release , and the ePDCCH no longer transmits in the control region of backward compatible carriers, and instead, transmits Downlink Control Information (DCI) information by sharing the data region in the 3GPP standard R8/9 with the PDSCH by means of Frequency Division Multiplexing (FDM); additionally, the ePDCCH also no longer uses a Cell-specific Reference Signal (CRS) for demodulation, and instead, uses a Demodulation Reference Signal (DMRS) for demodulation. The ePDCCH can not only exist in compatible carriers, but also can be a New Carrier Type (NCT) of downlink control channel. When the ePDCCH is used for controlling scheduling, if there is no need to transmit a control channel of another UE in a control region of the cell, the PDSCH also cannot use the resources in the control region, and thus there is also a problem of a waste of radio resources.

[0008] The document WO2013157894A1 discloses a method for receiving downlink data in a wireless communication system.

[0009] The document TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: " Transmit-side Signalling Enhancements Targeting Het-Nets for Rel-11", 3GPP DRAFT; R1-113244 vol. RAN WG1, 5 October 2011 presents views on transmit-side signaling enhancements.

[0010] The document HUAWEI ET AL: "Remaining details of EPDCCH/PDSCH start symbol configuration", 3GPP DRAFT; R1-124080, vol. RAN WG1, 29 September 2012 discusses details of EPDCCH/PDSCH start symbol configuration.

[0011] The document INTEL: "EPDCCH impact on UE demodulation performance - EPDCCH test scenarios", 3GPP DRAFT; R4-132283, vol. RAN WG4, 13 May 2013 discusses EPDCCH impact on UE demodulation performance.

Summary of the Invention



[0012] The present invention is defined by the appended claims and limited only by their scope. Any embodiment referred to in this description and not fully falling within the scope of said appended claims is to be interpreted as an example useful for understanding the present invention.

[0013] At least on one hand, in order to solve the problem of a waste of resources in a control region of a service station/cell when the control region of the service station/cell is idle, or on the other hand, in order to solve the problem of a waste of radio resources due to being incapable of using the resources in the control region by a PDSCH if there is no need to transmit a control signal in the control region of the service station/cell when an ePDCCH is used for controlling scheduling, the embodiments of the present invention provide a method, apparatus and system for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system.

[0014] A method according to claim 1, a wireless communication system according to claim 7 and a computer readable storage medium according to claim 13 are provided. Further improvements and embodiments are provided in the dependent claims.

[0015] Also provided is a method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system provided by the embodiments of the present invention comprising:

determining a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a User Equipment (UE); and

indicating through signaling that a Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) of the UE occupies radio resources of the service station/cell in a control region, whereby a start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is a first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy Resource Elements (REs) occupied by a Cell Reference Signal (CRS), a Physical Control Format Indicator Channel (PCFICH), a Physical Hybrid-ARQ Indicator Channel (PHICH) of a station/cell where the PDSCH is located and a Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) of the UE.



[0016] Preferably, determining a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a UE comprises:
determining which station/cell in the system is the control station/cell of the UE and which station/cell in the system is the service station/cell of the UE.

[0017] Preferably, if the control station/cell and the service station/cell of the UE are not the same station/cell, that the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region are occupied by the PDSCH of the UE may be indicated through the signaling.

[0018] Preferably, if that the PDSCH of the UE does not occupy the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region is indicated through the signaling, the start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart according to existing standards.

[0019] Preferably, a strategy of indicating through the signaling that a PDSCH of the UE occupies radio resources of the service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in the control region is:

when the control station/cell transmits a PDCCH to the UE, adding a flag bit PDSCHextension flag in scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region;

or, when the control station/cell transmits a Radio Resource Control (RRC) signaling to the UE, adding a flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling for indicating that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region;

or, when the control station/cell transmits an enhanced Physical Downlink Control Channel (ePDCCH) to the UE, adding a flag bit ePDSCHextension flag in DCI of the ePDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region.



[0020] Preferably, the PDSCHextension flag, the PDSCHextension field or the ePDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and a value of the bit is used to indicate whether the PDSCH can use the radio resources in the control region.

[0021] Also provided is an apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system provided by the embodiments of the present invention comprising:

a determination unit configured to determine a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a User Equipment (UE); and

a processing unit configured to indicate through signaling that a Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) of the UE occupies radio resources of the service station/cell in a control region, whereby a start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is a first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy Resource Elements (REs) occupied by a Cell Reference Signal (CRS), a Physical Control Format Indicator Channel (PCFICH), a Physical Hybrid-ARQ Indicator Channel (PHICH) of a station/cell where the PDSCH is located and a Physical Downlink Control Channel PDCCH of the UE.



[0022] Preferably, determining a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a UE by the determination unit comprises:
determining which station/cell in the system is the control station/cell of the UE and which station/cell in the system is the service station/cell of the UE.

[0023] Preferably, if the determination unit determines that the control station/cell and the service station/cell of the UE are not the same station/cell, the determination unit can transmit a notification to the processing unit to notify that the processing unit can indicate through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region.

[0024] Preferably, if the processing unit indicates through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE does not occupy the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region, the start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart according to existing standards.

[0025] Preferably, a strategy of indicating by the processing unit through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in the control region is:

when the control station/cell transmits a PDCCH to the UE, adding, by the processing unit, a flag bit PDSCHextension flag in scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region;

or, when the control station/cell transmits a Radio Resource Control (RRC) signaling to the UE, adding, by the processing unit, a flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling for indicating that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region;

or, when the control station/cell transmits an enhanced Physical Downlink Control Channel (ePDCCH) to the UE, adding, by the processing unit, a flag bit ePDSCHextension flag in DCI of the ePDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region.



[0026] Preferably, the PDSCHextension flag, the PDSCHextension field or the ePDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and a value of the bit is used to indicate whether the PDSCH can use the radio resources in the control region.

[0027] Also provided is a wireless communication system provided by the embodiments of the present invention comprising the apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system as described above, the apparatus comprising:

a determination unit configured to determine a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a User Equipment (UE); and

a processing unit configured to indicate through signaling that a Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) of the UE occupies radio resources of the service station/cell in a control region, whereby a start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is a first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy Resource Elements (REs) occupied by a Cell Reference Signal (CRS), a Physical Control Format Indicator Channel (PCFICH), a Physical Hybrid-ARQ Indicator Channel (PHICH) of a station/cell where the PDSCH is located and a Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) of the UE.



[0028] Also provided is a computer readable storage medium comprising a set of computer executable instructions for implementing the method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system according to the embodiments of the present invention.

[0029] It can be seen from the technical solutions according to the embodiments of the present invention as described above, the method for indicating downlink resources provided by the embodiments of the present invention indicates, when a PDSCH is transmitted by a service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel to a UE, whether the PDSCH can be transmitted to the UE on resources in a control region, so as to make full use of radio resources, and improve the throughput and system capacity of the cell.

Brief Description of Drawings



[0030] 

Fig. 1 is a structural diagram of a downlink subframe in an LTE system in the prior art;

Fig. 2 is a flowchart diagram of a method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 3 is a structural diagram of a Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) in an LTE system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 4 is a diagram of transmission in a HetNet network according to an embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 5 is a diagram of transmission of a Pico according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

Fig. 6 is a structural diagram of an apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system according to an embodiment of the present invention.


Specified Embodiments



[0031] The technical solutions of the present invention will be further described in detail below in conjunction with accompanying drawings and specific embodiments, so that those skilled in the art can better understand and implement the present invention. The invention is defined by the appended claims.

[0032] As shown in Fig. 2, a method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises the following steps:

in S10, it is to determine a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a UE;

in S20, it is to indicate through signaling that a PDSCH of the UE occupies radio resources of the service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in a control region, whereby a start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy resource elements REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a station/cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH of the UE.



[0033] When a PDSCH is transmitted by a base station to a UE, the method for indicating downlink resources according to the present embodiment may be used to indicate that the PDSCH can be transmitted to the UE on resources of a service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in a control region in a coordinated multi-point network, so as to make full use of radio resources, and improve the throughput and system capacity of the cell.

[0034] Specifically, the method for indicating downlink resources according to the present embodiment primarily comprises the steps as follows:
In a first step, a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a UE are determined.

[0035] The system determines the control station/cell and the service station/cell of the UE respectively. For example, for one given UE, the system determines which station/cell in the system is the control station/cell of the UE and which station/cell in the system is the service station/cell of the UE, and further determines whether the control station/cell and the service station/cell of the UE are the same station/cell or not.

[0036] The control station/cell is a station/cell which transmits a PDCCH to the UE, so the control station/cell cannot use the radio resources in the control region to transmit a PDSCH of a user to the UE. The service station/cell is a station/cell which transmits the PDSCH to the UE. If the control station/cell and the service station/cell of the UE are not the same station/cell, the service station/cell doesn't need to transmit the PDCCH. Therefore, the service station/cell can use the radio resources in the control region to transmit the PDSCH of users to the UE.

[0037] In a second step, control information is indicated.

[0038] It is to indicate through the signaling whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in the control region. The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy resources elements REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a carrier and a PDCCH of the UE.

[0039] The way of indicating through the signaling whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in the control region, comprises but is not limited to the following manners:
In a first manner, when the control station/cell transmits the PDCCH to the UE, a flag bit, i.e. PDSCHextension flag, is added in scheduling information Downlink Control Information (DCI) of the PDCCH channel. The PDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1"represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag bit of PDSCH extension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0040] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0041] In a second manner, when the control station/cell transmits RRC signaling to the UE, a flag field, i.e. PDSCH extension field, is added in the RRC signaling. The PDSCH extension field has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1"represents that the PDSCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag field PDSCH extension field in the RRC signaling, the PDSCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0042] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0043] In a third manner, when the ePDCCH is transmitted to the UE, a flag bit, i.e. ePDSCH extension flag, is added in scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel. The ePDSCH extension flag has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag bit PDSCH extension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0044] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0045] In a third step, resources are allocated and data is mapped.

[0046] If the service station/cell does not use the resources in the control region to transmit the PDSCH to the UE, the start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart.

[0047] If the service station/cell uses the resources in the control region to transmit the PDSCH to the UE, the start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0048] The present invention will be further described below in conjunction with specific embodiments and accompanying drawings.

Embodiment one



[0049] With the continuous development of mobile Internet and the popularity of intelligent terminals, data services of mobile communication grow explosively. In order to solve the requirements for large capacity of data in hot spots, the Heterogeneous Net (HetNet) technology of the LTE system is a very efficient solution. Especially, a co-frequency HetNet can effectively improve the spectrum efficiency, it is also an important research direction in the current 3GPP standard. The HetNet refers to that some Low Power Nodes (LPNs) are added in some hotspots in a Macro cell range covered by a macro base station with large power, so as to achieve the purpose of increasing the system capacity in the hot spots. In the present embodiment, the co-frequency HetNet is taken as an example. In the present embodiment 1, a Pico base station with small power being an LPN is taken as an example. For example, Fig. 3 illustrates a diagram of the HetNet.

[0050] In the HetNet of the LTE system, a Pico Cell is deployed in a Macro, which can increase the capacity of the hot spots. The Macro and the Pico may be set to have the same Cell ID, and at this time, the Macro and the Pico are considered to belong to the same logic cell. As the coverage range of the Macro is relatively large, the Macro can control all UEs in the coverage region, while the Pico can act as a service station for the hot spot. At this time, a manner for resource configuration as follows may be used: only the Macro transmits a reference signal CRS and a control channel, and the Pico doesn't need to transmit the CRS and the control channel. Control information of a Pico UE in the coverage region of the Pico is transmitted by the Macro, and service data of the Pico UE is transmitted by the Pico. In this way, a separating technology for control and services of the Pico UE can be achieved by the system. This scenario is a coordinated multi-point scenario where the Macro and the Pico transmit different information to the Pico UE. Fig. 3 illustrates a diagram of such transmission manner.

[0051] In the diagram of Fig. 4, no matter whether for the Macro UE in the coverage region of the Macro or the Pico UE in the coverage region of the Pico, radio resources are scheduled and allocated by a scheduler of the Macro. Both the control information and the downlink service data of the Macro UE are transmitted by the Macro. The control information of the Pico UE is transmitted by the Macro, and the downlink service data of the Pico UE is transmitted by the Pico.

[0052] As the control information of the Pico UE is transmitted by the Macro, the Macro needs to transmit Control Format Indication (CFI) information to the Pico UE on a PCFICH channel, i.e., the number of OFDM symbols occupied by the control region in the current subframe. And the whole cell can only have a unique CFI value. According to the current existing resource allocation way, in one downlink subframe, that OFDM symbols after the CFI are a data region by default for the Pico UE. For example, assuming CFI=3, the 4th to 14th OFDM symbols (totally 11 OFDM symbols) are data resources by default for the Pico UE. Although the Pico doesn't need to transmit the CRS and the control information on the 1st to 3rd OFDM symbols, the Pico still cannot use these resources to transmit data services of the Pico UE, which results in a waste of radio resources. According to the current existing resource allocation way, if CFI=3, in each downlink subframe, the Pico can only use 11 OFDM symbol resources for effective service data transmission, that is, there is only a resource utilization of 11/14=78.57%. If the Pico can make full use of these radio resources, the throughout and the spectrum efficiency of the Pico cell can be largely increased, thereby further enhancing the data rate and the Quality of Service (QoS) of users in a hot spot.

[0053] The specific implementation method of the present embodiment will continuously be described below with reference to the diagram illustrated in Fig. 3 and the present embodiment.

[0054] In Fig. 4, there is one Pico in a coverage range of the Macro Cell, there is one Macro UE in a coverage range of the Macro, and there is one Pico UE in a coverage range of the Pico.

At the Macro side



[0055] In a first step, a control station and a service station of a UE are determined.

[0056] In the present embodiment, the Macro transmits a PDCCH to the Macro UE and the Pico UE, and the Pico doesn't need not to transmit the PDCCH; a PDSCH of the Macro UE is transmitted by the Macro, and a PDSCH of service data of the Pico UE is transmitted by the Pico. Therefore, the Macro is the control station of the Macro UE and the Pico UE, the Macro is the service station of the Macro UE, and the Pico is the service station of the Pico UE.

[0057] In a second step, it is to indicate through the signaling whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources in the control region.

[0058] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH and a PDCCH of the UE of a carrier.

[0059] The method of indicating through the signaling whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources in the control region comprises but is not limited to the following manners:
In a first manner, when the Macro transmits the PDCCH to the UE, a flag bit, i.e. PDSCHextension flag, is added in scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel. The PDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0060] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0061] In the present embodiment, for the Macro UE, as the Macro cannot use the resources in the control region to transmit the PDSCH to the Macro UE, in the PDCCH channel transmitted by the Macro to the Macro UE, the filling in the PDSCHextension flag is an indication that the radio resources in the control region cannot be used or there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel of the Macro UE, and the scheduling control information of the Macro UE is transmitted to the Macro UE through the PDCCH channel.

[0062] For the Pico UE, if the resources in the control region are used by the scheduling to transmit the PDSCH to the Pico UE, in the PDCCH channel transmitted by the Macro to the Pico UE, the filling in the PDSCHextension flag is an indication that the radio resources in the control region are used and the scheduling control information of the Pico UE is transmitted to the Pico UE through the PDCCH channel. If the resources in the control region aren't used by the scheduling to transmit user service data to the Pico UE, in the PDCCH channel transmitted by the Macro to the Pico UE, the filling in the PDSCHextension flag is an indication that the radio resources in the control region cannot be used or there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel of the Pico UE, and the scheduling control information of the Pico UE is transmitted to the Pico UE through the PDCCH channel.

[0063] In a second manner, when the Macro transmits RRC signaling to the UE, a flag field, i.e. PDSCHextension field, is added in the RRC signaling. The PDSCHextension field has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region: for example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region; or if the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling, the PDSCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0064] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0065] In the present embodiment, for the Macro UE, as the Macro cannot use the resources in the control region to transmit the PDSCH to the Macro UE, in the RRC signaling transmitted by the Macro to the Macro UE, the filling in the PDSCHextension field is an indication that the radio resources in the control region cannot be used or there is no flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling.

[0066] In the present embodiment, for the Pico UE, if the resources in the control region are used by the scheduling to transmit the PDSCH to the Pico UE, in the PDCCH channel transmitted by the Macro to the Pico UE, the filling in the PDSCHextension field is an indication that the radio resources in the control region are used. If the resources in the control region aren't used to transmit user service data to the Pico UE, in the RRC signaling transmitted by the Macro to the Pico UE, the filling in the PDSCHextension field is an indication that the radio resources in the control region cannot be used or there is no flag field of PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling of the Pico UE.

[0067] In a third manner, when the ePDCCH is transmitted to the UE, a flag bit, i.e., ePDSCH extension flag, is added in scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel. The ePDSCH extension flag has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag bit ePDSCHextension flag in the DCI scheduling information of the ePDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0068] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH for the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0069] In the present embodiment, for the Macro UE, as the Macro cannot use the resources in the control region to transmit the PDSCH to the Macro UE, in the ePDCCH channel transmitted by the Macro to the Macro UE, the filling in the ePDSCHextension flag is an indication that the radio resources in the control region cannot be used or there is no flag bit ePDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel of the Macro UE, and the scheduling control information of the Macro UE is transmitted to the Macro UE through the ePDCCH channel.

[0070] For the Pico UE, if the resources in the control region are scheduled to be used to transmit the PDSCH to the Pico UE, in the ePDCCH channel transmitted by the Macro to the Pico UE, the filling in the ePDSCHextension flag is an indication that the radio resources in the control region are used and the scheduling control information of the Pico UE is transmitted to the Pico UE through the ePDCCH channel. If the resources in the control region aren't not used by the scheduling to transmit user service data to the Pico UE, in the ePDCCH channel transmitted by the Macro to the Pico UE, the filling in the ePDSCHextension flag is an indication that the radio resources in the control region cannot be used is filled or there is no flag bit of ePDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel of the Pico UE, and the scheduling control information of the Pico UE is transmitted to the Pico UE through the ePDCCH channel.

[0071] In a third step, the Macro transmits the PDSCH to the Macro UE and transmits the scheduling control information of the Pico UE to the Pico. In the data region where the control region is removed, the Macro allocates the resources and data mapping of the PDSCH for the Macro UE.

At the Pico side



[0072] In a first step, the Pico receives scheduling information transmitted by the Macro, and determines that the Pico is a service station of the Pico UE and is not a control station of the Pico UE.

[0073] In a second step, if the resources in the control region are used by the scheduling to transmit the PDSCH to the Pico UE, when the resources of the PDSCH are allocated by the Pico UE, the resources in the control region may be occupied, but it needs to exclude the REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of the Pico and a PDCCH required to be received by the Pico UE on a carrier. If the resources in the control region aren't used by the scheduling to transmit user service data to the Pico UE, when the resources of the PDSCH are allocated by the Pico UE, the resources in the control region cannot be occupied, and only the resources in the data region can be used. Fig. 5 is a diagram of resource allocation of the Pico.

[0074] In a third step, the Pico maps and transmits resources of the PDSCH for the Pico UE according to the scheduling information of the Pico UE and the result of the second step. If it is indicated that the resources in the control region are used to transmit the PDSCH to the Pico UE, the Pico maps and transmits the resources of the PDSCH for the Pico UE, and the resources of the PDSCH occupied by the Pico UE start from the first OFDM symbol; and if it is indicated that the resources in the control region are not used to transmit the PDSCH to the Pico UE, the Pico maps and transmits the resources of the PDSCH to the Pico UE, and the start position of the resources of the PDSCH occupied by the Pico UE is determined by the signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like, as shown in Fig. 5.

At the UE side



[0075] In a first step, scheduling control information is received and parsed. It is confirmed whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the resources in the control region. The scheduling control information refers to signaling which indicates whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the resources in the control region, which comprises but is not limited to following manners:
In a first manner, scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel is received and parsed, and it is determined whether a flag bit PDSCHextension flag exists and the flag bit is parsed according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side. The flag bit indicates whether the radio resources in the control region can be used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH. If there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0076] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0077] In the present embodiment, for the Macro UE, in the DCI information of the PDCCH thereof, according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side, the PDSCHextension flag is interpreted as that it is unable to use the radio resources in the control region or there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel of the Macro UE.

[0078] In the present embodiment, for the Pico UE, in the DCI information of the PDCCH thereof, the indication of the PDSCHextension flag is interpreted according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side.

[0079] In a second manner, a flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling is received and interpreted, and whether the PDSCHextension field exists is determined and the flag field is interpreted according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side. The flag field indicates whether the radio resources in the control region can be used by the PDSCH of the UE. If there is no flag field of PDSCH extension field in the RRC signaling, the radio resources in the control region cannot be used by the PDSCH of the UE by default.

[0080] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0081] In the present embodiment, for the Macro UE, the RRC signaling is received, and according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side, the PDSCHextension field is interpreted as that it is unable to use the radio resources in the control region or there is no flag field PDSCHextension field in the scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel of the Macro UE.

[0082] In the present embodiment, for the Pico UE, the RRC signaling is received, and the indication of the PDSCHextension field is interpreted according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side.

[0083] In a third manner, scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel is received and parsed, and whether a flag bit ePDSCHextension flag exists is determined and the flag bit is parsed according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side. The flag bit indicates whether the radio resources in the control region can be used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH. If there is no flag bit of ePDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0084] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH for the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0085] In the present embodiment, for the Macro UE, in the DCI information of the ePDCCH thereof, according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side, the PDSCHextension flag is interpreted as that it is unable to use the radio resources in the control region or there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel of the Macro UE.

[0086] In the present embodiment, for the Pico UE, in the DCI information of the ePDCCH thereof, the indication of the ePDSCHextension flag is interpreted according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side.

[0087] In a third step, the UE receives the PDSCH according to the signaling interpreted in the second step of whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources in the control region and an indication of other scheduling control information.

[0088] In the present embodiment, the Macro UE receives the PDSCH on corresponding OFDM symbols according to an indication such as the signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart. For the Pico UE, if the Pico UE interprets the signaling as indicating that the resources in the control region are used by the PDSCH, the PDSCH is received from the first OFDM symbol, and REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located are excluded from the control region; if the Pico UE interprets the signaling as indicating that the resources in the control region are not used to transmit user service data to the Pico UE, the PDSCH is received on corresponding OFDM symbols according to an indication such as the signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like.

[0089] In the present embodiment, the method according to the present invention is described in a particular scenario with a HetNet in the LTE/LTE-A system as a coordinated multi-point network. However, the present invention is not merely limited to the HetNet scenario, and instead, the present invention is applicable to any coordinated multi-point scenario where different stations transmit different information to the same UE.

Embodiment two



[0090] In order to obtain a higher peak data rate, a carrier aggregation is introduced in the LTE-A: the UE supports several component carriers for data transmission, in order to obtain a larger bandwidth (for example, a maximum of 100MHz), each component carrier is a serving cell, and each UE has a primary serving cell and several secondary serving cells, and in order to better support flexibility of the networking and scheduling, cross-carrier scheduling among component carriers is supported.

[0091] In the present embodiment, Cell 1 is the primary serving cell of the UE, Cell 2 is the secondary serving cell of the UE, and downlink cross-carrier scheduling is implemented, i.e., scheduling information of the PDSCH transmitted in the Cell 2 using a carrier frequency f2 is indicated by transmitting the PDCCH/ePDCCH of the UE in the Cell 1 using a carrier frequency f1.

At the Cell 1 side



[0092] In a first step, a control region and a service cell of the UE are determined. In the present embodiment, the scheduling information of the PDSCH transmitted by the UE in the Cell 2 using a carrier frequency f2 is indicated by transmitting the PDCCH/ePDCCH of the UE in the Cell 1 using a carrier frequency f1. Therefore, the Cell 1 is the control region of the UE, the Cell 2 is the service station of the UE.

[0093] In a second step, it is to indicate through the signaling whether the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 occupies the radio resources in the control region. The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like of the Cell 2; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of the Cell 2 and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the Cell 2.

[0094] Indicating through the signaling whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources in the control region of the Cell 2 comprises but is not limited to the following manners:
In a first manner, when the Cell 1 transmits the PDCCH to the UE, a flag bit, i.e., PDSCHextension flag, is added in scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel. The PDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0095] In a second manner, when the Cell 1 transmits RRC signaling to the UE, a flag field, i.e. PDSCHextension field, is added in the RRC signaling. The PDSCHextension field has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling, the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0096] In a third manner, when the ePDCCH is transmitted to the UE, a flag bit, i.e. ePDSCHextension flag, is added in DCI scheduling information of the ePDCCH channel. The ePDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag bit ePDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0097] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH for the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0098] In a third step, scheduling control information related to the UE is transmitted by the Cell 1 to the Cell 2.

At the Cell 2 side



[0099] In a first step, a control region and a service cell of the UE are determined. In the present embodiment, the Cell 2 is a service station of the UE.

[0100] In a second step, the scheduling control information related to the UE which is transmitted by the Cell 1 is interpreted, and it is determined whether the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 occupies the radio resources in the control region.

[0101] In a third step, according to the interpretation in the second step, a resource mapping is performed for the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 and the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 is transmitted.

[0102] If it is to indicate that the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2does not use the radio resources in the control region, the start position of the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like of the Cell 2; and
if it is to indicate that the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 does not use the radio resources in the control region, the start position of the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of the Cell 2 and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the Cell 2.

At the UE side



[0103] In a first step, signaling transmitted by the primary cell, i.e., Cell 1 is received and parsed, determining to implement downlink cross-carrier scheduling, i.e., scheduling information of the UE for the PDSCH transmitted in the Cell 2 using a carrier frequency f2 is indicated by transmitting the PDCCH of the UE in the Cell 1 using a carrier frequency f1. Therefore, it is determined that the Cell 1 is the control region of the UE, and the Cell 2 is the service cell for the UE.

[0104] In a second step, scheduling control information transmitted by the Cell 1 is received and parsed, determining whether the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 occupies the resources in the control region. The scheduling control information refers to the signaling which indicates whether the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 occupies the resources in the control region, which comprises but is not limited to the following manners:
In a first manner, scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel transmitted by the Cell 1 is received and parsed, and whether a flag bit PDSCHextension flag exists is determined and the flag bit is parsed according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side. The flag bit indicates whether the radio resources in the control region can be used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH. If there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the DCI scheduling information of the PDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0105] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH for the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell (i.e., Cell 2) where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell (i.e., Cell 2) where the PDSCH is located.

[0106] In a second manner, a flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling transmitted by the primary cell, i.e., Cell 1, is received and interpreted, and whether the PDSCHextension field of the PDSCH of the Cell 2 exists is determined and the flag field is interpreted according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side. The flag field indicates whether the radio resources in the control region can be used by the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2. If there is no flag field of PDSCH extension field in the RRC signaling, the radio resources in the control region cannot be used by the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 by default.

[0107] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like of the Cell 2; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell (i.e., Cell 2) where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell (i.e., Cell 2) where the PDSCH is located.

[0108] In a third step, the UE receives the PDSCH according to the signaling interpreted in the second step of whether the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 occupies the radio resources in the control region and an indication of other scheduling control information. If the UE interprets the signaling as indicating that the resources in the control region are used by the PDSCH, the PDSCH is received from the first OFDM symbol from the Cell 2, and REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of the Cell 2 and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the Cell 2 are excluded from the control region. If the Pico UE interprets the signaling as indicating that the resources in the control region are not used to transmit the PDSCH of the user to the Pico UE, the PDSCH is received on corresponding OFDM symbols according to an indication such as the signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like.

[0109] In the present embodiment, the method according to the present invention is described in a downlink two-carrier aggregation scenario in the LTE/LTE-A system. However, the present invention is not merely limited to the downlink two-carrier aggregation scenario, and instead, the present invention is applied to a multi-carrier aggregation scenario.

[0110] As shown in Fig. 6, the embodiments of the present invention further correspondingly provide an apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system, comprising:

a determination unit 100 configured to determine a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a UE; and

a processing unit 200 configured to indicate through signaling that a PDSCH of the UE occupies radio resources of the service station/cell which does not a control channel in a control region, whereby a start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station/cell is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a station/cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH of the UE.



[0111] In the present embodiment, determining a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a UE by the determination unit 100 comprises:
  1. 1) determining which station/cell in the system is the control station/cell of the UE and which station/cell in the system is the service station/cell of the UE; and
  2. 2) further determining whether the control station/cell and the service station/cell of the UE are the same station/cell.


[0112] In the present embodiment, specifically, if the determination unit 100 determines that the control station/cell and the service station/cell of the UE are not the same station/cell , the determination unit transmits a notification to the processing unit 200 to notify that the processing unit 200 can indicate through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region.

[0113] In the present embodiment, if the processing unit 200 indicates through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE does not occupy the radio resources of the service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in the control region, the start position of the PDSCH allocated by the service station/cell to the UE is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards.

[0114] In the present embodiment, a strategy of indicating by the processing unit 200 through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in the control region is:
  1. 1) when the control station/cell transmits a PDCCH to the UE, adding, by the processing unit 200, a flag bit PDSCHextension flag in scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region;
  2. 2) or, when the control station/cell transmits a RRC signaling to the UE, adding, by the processing unit 200, a flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling for indicating that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region;
  3. 3) or, when the control station/cell transmits an ePDCCH to the UE, adding, by the processing unit 200, a flag bit ePDSCHextension flag in DCI of the ePDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region.


[0115] Herein, the PDSCHextension flag, the PDSCHextension field or the ePDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and a value of the bit is used to indicate whether the PDSCH can use the radio resources in the control region.

[0116] In a specific implementation, the determination unit 100 and the processing unit 200 described above may be achieved by a Central Processing Unit (CPU), a Micro Processing Unit (MPU), a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) or a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) of the apparatus for indicating downlink resources.

[0117] Correspondingly, the embodiments of the present invention further provide a wireless communication system comprising the apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system described above, and as also shown in Fig. 6, the apparatus comprises:

a determination unit 100 configured to determine a control station/cell and a service station/cell of a UE; and

a processing unit 200 configured to indicate through signaling that a PDSCH of the UE occupies radio resources of the service station/cell which does not a control channel in a control region, whereby a start position of the PDSCH allocated by the service station/cell to the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a station/cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH of the UE.



[0118] In a specific implementation, the apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system may be deployed at the base station side. Specific description of the apparatus can be known with reference to the above content, and will not be repeated here.

Embodiment three



[0119] The ePDCCH can not only exist in compatible carriers, but also can be a New Carrier Type (NCT) of downlink control channel. When the ePDCCH is used for controlling scheduling, if there is no need to transmit a control signal in a control region of the cell, the PDSCH also cannot use the resources in the control region, and thus there is also a problem of a waste of radio resources. In the present embodiment, the present invention can solve the problem of a waste of radio resources due to being incapable of using the resources in the control region by the PDSCH if there is no need to transmit a control signal in a control region of the cell when the ePDCCH is used for controlling scheduling.

[0120] In the present embodiment, scheduling information of a part of the PDSCH (for example, the PDSCH which carries a part of the RRC signaling) of the UE is transmitted by a base station through the PDCCH, and scheduling information of a part of the PDSCH (for example, the PDSCH which carries service data) of the UE is transmitted by the base station through the ePDCCH.

At the base station side



[0121] In a first step, a control region and a service cell of the UE are determined. In the present embodiment, the base station is not only a control region of the UE, but also a service station of the UE.

[0122] In a second step, it is to indicate through the signaling whether the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE occupies the radio resources in the control region. The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in a cell.

[0123] Indicating through the signaling whether the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources in the control region comprises but is not limited to the following manners:
In a first manner, when the ePDCCH is transmitted by the base station to the UE, a flag bit, i.e. PDSCHextension flag, is added in scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel. The PDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and of the bit indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region; or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0124] In a second manner, when the base station transmits RRC signaling to the UE, a flag field, i.e. PDSCHextension field, is added in the RRC signaling. The PDSCHextension field has a length of 1 bit, and the bit indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region. For example, that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region;. or that the value of the bit is "1" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region, and that the value of the bit is "0" represents that the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE can use the radio resources in the control region. If there is no flag field of PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling, the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0125] In a third step, the base station performs the resource mapping of the PDSCH and the transmission of the PDSCH for the UE. If the resources in the control region are used to transmit the PDSCH to the UE, the base station performs the resource mapping of the PDSCH and the transmission of the PDSCH for the UE, and the resources of the PDSCH occupied by the UE start from the first OFDM symbol. If the resources in the control region are not used to transmit the PDSCH to the UE, the base station performs the resource mapping of the PDSCH and the transmission of the PDSCH for the UE, and the start position of the downlink data resources occupied by the UE is determined according to indication information such as the signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like.

At the UE side



[0126] In a first step, scheduling control information is received and parsed, determining whether the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE occupies the resources in the control region. The scheduling control information refers to signaling which indicates whether the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE occupies the resources in the control region, which comprises but is not limited to following manners:
In a first manner, scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel is received and parsed, and whether a flag bit PDSCHextension flag exists is determined and the flag bit is parsed according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side. The flag bit indicates whether the radio resources in the control region can be used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH. If there is no flag bit PDSCHextension flag in the scheduling information DCI of the ePDCCH channel, the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH cannot use the radio resources in the control region by default.

[0127] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH for the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0128] In a second manner, a flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling is received and interpreted, and whether the PDSCHextension field exists is determined and the flag field is interpreted according to the same interpretation rule as that of the base station side. The flag field indicates whether the radio resources in the control region can be used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE. If there is no flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling, the radio resources in the control region cannot be used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE by default.

[0129] The radio resources in the control region being not used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE is indicated by signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like according to existing standards; and the radio resources in the control region being used by the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE means that the start position of the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE is the first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH of a cell where the PDSCH is located and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE in the cell where the PDSCH is located.

[0130] In a third step, the UE receives the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH according to the signaling interpreted in the second step of whether the PDSCH of the UE in the Cell 2 occupies the radio resources in the control region and an indication of other scheduling control information. If the UE interprets the signaling as indicating that the resources in the control region are used by the PDSCH, the PDSCH is received from the first OFDM symbol, and REs occupied by a CRS, a PCFICH, a PHICH and a PDCCH required to be received by the UE is located are excluded from the control region. If the UE interprets the signaling as indicating that the resources in the control region are not used to transmit the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH of the UE to the UE, the PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH is received on corresponding OFDM symbols according to an indication such as the signaling CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart or the like.

[0131] In the present embodiment, the method according to the present invention is described in a particular scenario with compatible carriers in the LTE/LTE-A system where downlink DCI scheduling information is transmitted through the ePDCCH. However, the present invention is not merely limited to the compatible carrier scenario, and instead, the present invention is applicable to any scenario of using the ePDCCH to transmit the downlink DCI scheduling information.

[0132] The embodiments of the present invention further provide a computer readable storage medium comprising a set of computer executable instructions for implementing the method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network in an LTE system according to the embodiments of the present invention.

[0133] The invention is defined by the appended claims.


Claims

1. A method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network, wherein the coordinated multi-point network is in a Long-Term Evolution, LTE, system, the method comprising:

determining (S10) a control station and cell and a service station and cell of a User Equipment, UE; and

indicating (S20), by the control station and cell, through signaling that a Physical Downlink Shared Channel, PDSCH, of the UE occupies radio resources in a control region of the service station and cell, whereby a start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station and cell is a first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed, the PDSCH does not occupy Resource Elements, REs, occupied by a Cell Reference Signal, CRS, a Physical Control Format Indicator Channel, PCFICH, a Physical Hybrid-ARQ Indicator Channel, PHICH, and a Physical Downlink Control Channel, PDCCH, of the UE.


 
2. The method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according
to claim 1, wherein determining a control station and cell and a service station and cell of a UE comprises: determining which station and cell in the system is the control station and cell of the UE and which station and cell in the system is the service station and cell of the UE.
 
3. The method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 2, wherein if the control station and cell and the service station and cell of the UE are not the same station and cell, it is to indicate through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region.
 
4. The method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 1, wherein if it is to indicate through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE does not occupy the radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region, the start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station and cell is indicated by signaling Control Format Indication, CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart according to existing standards.
 
5. The method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 1, wherein a strategy of indicating through the signaling that a Physical Downlink Shared Channel, PDSCH, of the UE occupies radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region is:

when the control station and cell transmits a PDCCH to the UE, adding a flag bit PDSCHextension flag in scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region;

or, when the control station and cell transmits a Radio Resource Control, RRC, signaling to the UE, adding a flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling for indicating that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region;

or, when the control station and cell transmits an enhanced Physical Downlink Control Channel, ePDCCH, to the UE, adding a flag bit ePDSCHextension flag in DCI of the ePDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region.


 
6. The method for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 5, wherein the PDSCHextension flag, the PDSCHextension field or the ePDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and a value of the bit is used to indicate whether the PDSCH can use the radio resources in the control region.
 
7. A wireless communication system comprising an apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network, wherein the coordinated multi-point network is in a Long-Term Evolution, LTE, system, the apparatus further comprising:

a determination unit (100) configured to determine a control station and cell and a serving station and cell of a User Equipment, UE; and

a processing unit (200) configured to indicate, by the control station and cell, through signaling that a Physical Downlink Shared Channel, PDSCH, of the UE occupies radio resources in a control region of the service station and cell, whereby a start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station and cell is a first symbol of a subframe, and when a resource mapping in the control region is performed , the PDSCH does not occupy Resource Elements, REs, occupied by a Cell Reference Signal, CRS, a Physical Control Format Indicator Channel, PCFICH, a Physical Hybrid-ARQ Indicator Channel, PHICH, and a Physical Downlink Control Channel, PDCCH, of the UE.


 
8. An apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 7.
 
9. The apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 8, wherein determining a control station and cell and a service station and cell of a UE by the determination unit further comprises determining which station and cell in the system is the control station and cell of the UE and which station and cell in the system is the service station and cell of the UE.
 
10. The apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 9, wherein if the determination unit determines that the control station and cell and the service station and cell of the UE are not the same station and cell, the determination unit is configured to transmit a notification to the processing unit to notify that the processing unit can indicate through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell in the control region.
 
11. The apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 8, wherein if the processing unit indicates through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE does not occupy the radio resources of the service station and cell which does not transmit a control channel in the control region, the start position of the PDSCH allocated for the UE by the service station and cell is indicated by signaling Control Format Indication, CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 or lEPDCCHStart according to existing standards.
 
12. The apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 8, wherein a strategy of indicating by the processing unit through the signaling that the PDSCH of the UE occupies the radio resources of the service station/cell which does not transmit a control channel in the control region is:

when the control station and cell transmits a PDCCH to the UE, adding, by the processing unit, a flag bit PDSCHextension flag in scheduling information DCI of the PDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the PDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region;

or, when the control station and cell
transmits a Radio Resource Control, RRC, signaling to the UE, adding, by the processing unit, a flag field PDSCHextension field in the RRC signaling for indicating that the PDSCH of the UE can use the radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region;

or, when the control station and cell transmits an enhanced Physical Downlink Control Channel, ePDCCH, to the UE, adding, by the processing unit, a flag bit ePDSCHextension flag in DCI of the ePDCCH channel for indicating that a PDSCH corresponding to the ePDCCH can use the radio resources of the service station and cell in the control region.


 
13. The apparatus for indicating downlink resources of a coordinated multi-point network according to claim 12, wherein the PDSCHextension flag, the PDSCHextension field or the ePDSCHextension flag has a length of 1 bit, and a value of the bit is used to indicate whether the PDSCH can use the radio resources in the control region.
 
14. A computer readable storage medium comprising a set of computer executable instructions which, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to carry out the method of any of claims 1-6.
 


Ansprüche

1. Verfahren zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks, bei dem sich das koordinierte Mehrpunktnetzwerk in einem System langfristiger Entwicklung, LTE, befindet, wobei das Verfahren umfasst:

ein Bestimmen (S10) einer Steuerstation und -zelle und einer Dienststation und -zelle eines Benutzergeräts, UE, und

ein Anzeigen (S20) durch die Steuerstation und -zelle durch ein Signalisieren, dass ein gemeinsam genutzter physikalischer Abwärtsverbindungskanal, PDSCH, des UE Funkressourcen in einem Steuerbereich der Steuerstation und -zelle belegt, wobei eine Startposition des PDSCH, die dem UE von der Steuerstation und -zelle zugewiesen worden ist, ein erstes Symbol eines Unterrahmens ist, und wenn ein Abgleich von Ressourcen in dem Steuerbereich durchgeführt wird, der PDSCH keine Ressourcenelemente, REs, belegt, die von einem Zellenreferenzsignal, CRS, einem Anzeigekanal für das physikalische Befehlsformat, PCFICH, einem physikalischen ARQ-Hybrid-Anzeigekanal, PHICH und einem physikalischen Abwärtsverbindungssteuerungskanal, PDCCH, des UE belegt werden.


 
2. Verfahren zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Bestimmen einer Steuerstation und -zelle und einer Dienststation und -zelle des UE umfasst:
ein Bestimmen, welche Station und Zelle in dem System die Steuerstation und -zelle des UE ist, und welche Station und Zelle in dem System die Dienststation und -zelle des UE ist.
 
3. Verfahren zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 2, wobei, wenn die Steuerstation und -zelle und die Dienststation und -zelle des UE nicht dieselben Stationen und Zellen sind, dann durch das Signalisieren angezeigt werden soll, dass der PDSCH des UE die Funkressourcen der Dienststation und -zelle in dem Steuerbereich belegt.
 
4. Verfahren zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 1, wobei durch das Signalisieren angezeigt werden soll, dass der PDSCH des UE die Funkressourcen der Dienststation und - zelle in dem Steuerbereich nicht belegt, dann die Startposition des PDSCH, die dem UE von der Station oder Dienstzelle zugewiesen worden ist, durch ein Signalisieren von einer Befehlsformatanzeige, CFI, einem epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, einem pdsch-Start-r10 oder einem lEPDCCHStart gemäß den bestehenden Standards angezeigt wird.
 
5. Verfahren zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 1, wobei eine Strategie des Anzeigens durch das Signalisieren, dass ein gemeinsam genutzter physikalischer Abwärtsverbindungskanal, PDSCH, des UE Funkressourcen der Dienststation und -zelle in dem Steuerbereich belegt, ist:

wenn die Steuerstation und -zelle einen PDCCH an das UE sendet, ein Hinzufügen eines PDSCHErweiterungsflag in die DCI-Planungsinformationen des PDCCH-Kanals, um anzuzeigen, dass ein PDCCH, der dem PDSCH entspricht, die Funkressourcen der Dienststation und -zelle in dem Steuerbereich verwenden kann,

oder wenn die Steuerstation und -zelle eine Funkressourcensteuerung, RRC, sendet, ein Signalisieren an das UE, ein Hinzufügen eines PDSCHErweiterungsfeld in die RRC-Signalisierung, um anzuzeigen, dass das PDSCH des UE die Funkressourcen der Dienststation und -zelle in dem Steuerbereich verwenden kann,

oder wenn die Steuerstation und -zelle einen verbesserten physikalischen Abwärtsverbindungskanal, ePDCCH, an das UE sendet, ein Hinzufügen eines ePDSCHErweiterungsflag in der DCI des ePDCCH-Kanals, um anzuzeigen, dass ein PDSCH, der dem ePDCCH entspricht, die Funkressourcen der Steuerstation und - zelle in dem Steuerbereich verwenden kann.


 
6. Verfahren zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 5, bei dem das PDSCHErweiterungsflag, das PDSCHErweiterungsfeld oder das ePDSCHErweiterungsflag eine Länge von 1 Bit haben und ein Bitwert verwendet wird, um anzuzeigen, ob der PDSCH Funkressourcen in dem Steuerbereich verwenden kann.
 
7. Drahtloses Kommunikationssystem, welches eine Vorrichtung zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks, in dem sich das koordinierte Mehrpunktnetzwerk in einem System langfristiger Entwicklung, LTE, befindet, aufweist, wobei die Vorrichtung ferner aufweist:

eine Bestimmungseinheit (100), die ausgestaltet ist, um eine Steuerstation und -zelle und eine Dienststation und -zelle eines Benutzergeräts, UE, zu bestimmen, und

eine Bearbeitungseinheit (200), die ausgestaltet ist, um durch die Steuerstation und -zelle durch ein Signalisieren anzuzeigen, dass ein gemeinsam genutzter physikalischer Abwärtsverbindungskanal (PDSCH) des UE Funkressourcen in einem Steuerbereich der Steuerstation und -zelle belegt, wobei eine PDSCH-Startposition, die dem UE von der Dienststation und -zelle zugewiesen worden ist, ein erstes Symbol eines Unterrahmens ist, und wenn eine Ressourcenabbildung in dem Steuerbereich ausgeführt wird, der PDSCH keine Ressourcenelemente, REs, belegt, die von einem Zellenreferenzsignal, CRS, einem Anzeigekanal für das physikalische Befehlsformat, PCFICH, einem physikalischen ARQ-Hybrid-Anzeigekanal, PHICH und einem physikalischen Abwärtsverbindungssteuerungskanal, PDCCH, des UE belegt sind.


 
8. Vorrichtung zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 7.
 
9. Vorrichtung zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 8, wobei das Bestimmen einer Steuerstation und -zelle und einer Dienststation und -zelle eines UE durch die Bestimmungseinheit ferner ein Bestimmen umfasst, welche Station und Zelle in dem System die Steuerstation und -zelle des UE ist, und welche Station und Zelle in dem System die Dienststation und -zelle des UE ist.
 
10. Vorrichtung zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 9, wobei, wenn die Bestimmungseinheit bestimmt, dass die Steuerstation und -zelle und die Dienststation und -zelle des UE nicht dieselben Stationen oder Zellen sind, die Bestimmungseinheit ausgestaltet ist, um eine Benachrichtigung an die Bearbeitungseinheit zu senden, um zu benachrichtigen, dass die Bearbeitungseinheit durch das Signalisieren anzeigen kann, dass der PDSCH des UE die Funkressourcen der Dienststation und -zelle in dem Steuerbereich belegt.
 
11. Vorrichtung zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 8, wobei, wenn die Bearbeitungseinheit durch das Signalisieren anzeigt, dass der PDSCH des UE die Funkressourcen des UE der Dienststation und -zelle nicht belegt, die keinen Steuerkanal in dem Steuerbereich sendet, dann wird die Startposition des PDSCH, die dem UE von der Dienststation und -zelle zugewiesen worden ist, durch ein Signalisieren von einer Befehlsformatanzeige, CFI, einem epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, einem pdsch-Start-r10 oder einem lEPDCCHStart nach den bestehenden Standards angezeigt.
 
12. Vorrichtung zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 8, wobei eine Strategie zum Anzeigen durch die Signalisierungsverarbeitungseinheit, dass der PDSCH des UE die Funkressourcen der Dienststation und -zelle belegt, die keinen Steuerkanal in dem Steuerbereich sendet, ist:

wenn die Steuerstation und -zelle einen PDCCH an das UE sendet, ein Hinzufügen eines Flag-Bit-PDSCHErweiterungsflag durch die Bearbeitungseinheit in den DCI-Planungsinformationen des PDCCH-Kanals, um anzuzeigen, dass ein PDSCH, der dem PDCCH entspricht, die Funkressourcen der Dienststation und -zelle in dem Steuerbereich verwenden kann,

oder wenn die Steuerstation und -zelle eine Funkressourcensteuerung, eine RRC-Signalisierung an das UE durch die Bearbeitungseinheit sendet, um ein Indikatorfeld-PDSCHErweiterungsfeld in die RRC-Signalisierung einzufügen, um anzuzeigen, dass der EU-PDSCH die Funkressourcen der Dienststation und -zelle in dem Steuerbereich nutzen kann,

oder wenn die Steuerstation und -zelle einen verbesserten physikalischen Abwärtsverbindungskanal, ePDCCH, an das UE sendet, um durch die Bearbeitungseinheit ein Indikatorbit-ePDSCHErweiterungsflag in der DCI des Kanals ePDCCH hinzuzufügen, um anzuzeigen, dass ein PDSCH, der dem ePDCCH entspricht, die Funkressourcen der Station oder Dienstzelle in dem Steuerbereich verwenden kann.


 
13. Vorrichtung zum Anzeigen von Abwärtsverbindungsressourcen eines koordinierten Mehrpunktnetzwerks nach Anspruch 12, wobei das PDSCHErweiterungsflag, das PDSCHErweiterungsfeld oder das ePDSCHErweiterungsflag eine Länge von 1 Bit aufweisen und ein Bitwert verwendet wird, um anzuzeigen, ob der PDSCH Funkressourcen in dem Steuerbereich verwenden kann.
 
14. Computerlesbares Speichermedium, welches einen Satz von computerausführbaren Anweisungen aufweist, die, wenn sie von einem Computer ausgeführt werden, den Computer veranlassen, das Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 6 auszuführen.
 


Revendications

1. Procédé d'indication de ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné, dans lequel le réseau multipoint coordonné est dans un système d'Evolution à Long Terme, LTE, le procédé comprenant :

détermination (S10) d'une station ou cellule de commande et d'une station ou cellule de service d'un Equipement Utilisateur, UE ; et

indication (S20), par la station ou cellule de commande, par signalisation, qu'un Canal Partagé de Liaison Descendante Physique, PDSCH, de l'UE occupe des ressources radio dans une région de commande de la station ou cellule de service, selon lequel une position de départ du PDSCH allouée à l'UE par la station ou cellule de service est un premier symbole d'une sous-trame, et lorsqu'une mise en correspondance des ressources dans la région de commande est réalisée, le PDSCH n'occupe pas d'Eléments de Ressources, REs, occupés par un Signal de Référence de Cellule, CRS, un Canal d'Indicateur de Format de Commande Physique, PCFICH, un Canal d'Indicateur d'ARQ-Hybride Physique, PHICH, et un Canal de Commande de Liaison Descendante Physique, PDCCH, de l'UE.


 
2. Procédé d'indication de ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la détermination d'une station ou cellule de commande et d'une station ou cellule de service d'un UE comprend :

déterminer quelle station ou cellule dans le système est la station ou cellule de commande de l'UE et

quelle station ou cellule dans le système est la station ou cellule de service de l'UE.


 
3. Procédé d'indication de ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 2, dans lequel si la station ou cellule de commande et la station ou cellule de service de l'UE ne sont pas les mêmes stations ou cellules, alors il s'agit d'indiquer à travers la signalisation que le PDSCH de l'UE occupe les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande.
 
4. Procédé d'indication de ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 1, dans lequel s'il s'agit d'indiquer à travers la signalisation que le PDSCH de l'UE n'occupe pas les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande, alors la position de départ du PDSCH allouée à l'UE par la station ou cellule de service est indiquée par signalisation d'un Indicateur de Format de Commande, CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 ou lEPDCCHStart selon les normes existantes.
 
5. Procédé d'indication de ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 1, dans lequel une stratégie visant à indiquer par la signalisation qu'un Canal Partagé de Liaison Descendante Physique, PDSCH, de l'UE occupe des ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande est :

lorsque la station ou cellule de commande transmet un PDCCH à l'UE, d'ajouter un bit indicateur PDSCHextension flag dans les informations de planification DCI du canal PDCCH afin d'indiquer qu'un PDSCH correspondant au PDCCH peut utiliser les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande ;

ou, lorsque la station ou cellule de commande transmet une signalisation de Commande de Ressources Radio, RRC, à l'UE, d'ajouter un champ indicateur PDSCHextension field dans la signalisation RRC afin d'indiquer que le PDSCH de l'UE peut utiliser les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande ;

ou, lorsque la station ou cellule de commande transmet un Canal de Commande de Liaison Descendante Physique amélioré, ePDCCH, à l'UE, d'ajouter un bit indicateur ePDSCHextension flag dans le DCI du canal ePDCCH afin d'indiquer qu'un PDSCH correspondant au ePDCCH peut utiliser les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande.


 
6. Procédé d'indication de ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 5, dans lequel le PDSCHextension flag, le PDSCHextension field ou le ePDSCHextension flag a une longueur de 1 bit, et une valeur du bit est utilisée pour indiquer si le PDSCH peut utiliser les ressources radio dans la région de commande.
 
7. Système de communication sans fil comprenant un appareil destiné à indiquer des ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné, dans lequel le réseau multipoint coordonné est dans un système d'Evolution à Long Terme, LTE, l'appareil comprenant en outre :

une unité de détermination (100) configurée pour déterminer une station ou cellule de commande et une station ou cellule de service d'un Equipement Utilisateur, UE ; et

une unité de traitement (200) configurée pour indiquer, par la station ou cellule de commande, par signalisation, qu'un Canal Partagé de Liaison Descendante Physique, PDSCH, de l'UE occupe des ressources radio dans une région de commande de la station ou cellule de service, selon lequel une position de départ du PDSCH allouée à l'UE par la station ou cellule de service est un premier symbole d'une sous-trame, et lorsqu'une mise en correspondance des ressources dans la région de commande est réalisée, le PDSCH n'occupe pas d'Eléments de Ressources, REs, occupés par un Signal de Référence de Cellule, CRS, un Canal d'Indicateur de Format de Commande Physique, PCFICH, un Canal d'Indicateur d'ARQ-Hybride Physique, PHICH, et un Canal de Commande de Liaison Descendante Physique, PDCCH, de l'UE.


 
8. Appareil destiné à indiquer des ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 7.
 
9. Appareil destiné à indiquer des ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 8, dans lequel la détermination d'une station ou cellule de commande et d'une station ou cellule de service d'un UE par l'unité de détermination comprend en outre la détermination de quelle station ou cellule dans le système est la station ou cellule de commande de l'UE et quelle station ou cellule dans le système est la station ou cellule de service de l'UE.
 
10. Appareil destiné à indiquer des ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 9, dans lequel si l'unité de détermination détermine que la station ou cellule de commande et la station ou cellule de service de l'UE ne sont pas les mêmes stations ou cellules, l'unité de détermination est configurée pour transmettre une notification à l'unité de traitement pour notifier que l'unité de traitement peut indiquer par la signalisation que le PDSCH de l'UE occupe les ressources radio de la station/cellule de service dans la région de commande.
 
11. Appareil destiné à indiquer des ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 8, dans lequel si l'unité de traitement indique par la signalisation que le PDSCH de l'UE n'occupe pas les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service qui ne transmets pas un canal de commande dans la région de commande, alors la position de départ du PDSCH allouée à l'UE par la station ou cellule de service est indiquée par signalisation d'un Indicateur de Format de Commande, CFI, epdcch-StartSymbol-r11, pdsch-Start-r10 ou lEPDCCHStart selon les normes existantes.
 
12. Appareil destiné à indiquer des ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 8, dans lequel une stratégie visant à indiquer par l'unité de traitement par la signalisation que le PDSCH de l'UE occupe les ressources radio de la station/cellule de service qui ne transmet pas un canal de commande dans la région de commande est :

lorsque la station ou cellule de commande transmet un PDCCH à l'UE, d'ajouter, par l'unité de traitement, un bit indicateur PDSCHextension flag dans les informations de planification DCI du canal PDCCH afin d'indiquer qu'un PDSCH correspondant au PDCCH peut utiliser les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande ;

ou, lorsque la station ou cellule de commande transmet une signalisation de Commande de Ressources Radio, RRC, à l'UE, d'ajouter, par l'unité de traitement, un champ indicateur PDSCHextension field dans la signalisation RRC afin d'indiquer que le PDSCH de l'UE peut utiliser les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande ;

ou, lorsque la station ou cellule de commande transmet un Canal de Commande de Liaison Descendante Physique amélioré, ePDCCH, à l'UE, d'ajouter, par l'unité de traitement, un bit indicateur ePDSCHextension flag dans le DCI du canal ePDCCH afin d'indiquer qu'un PDSCH correspondant au ePDCCH peut utiliser les ressources radio de la station ou cellule de service dans la région de commande.


 
13. Appareil destiné à indiquer les ressources de liaison descendante d'un réseau multipoint coordonné selon la revendication 12, dans lequel le PDSCHextension flag, le PDSCHextension field ou le ePDSCHextension flag a une longueur de 1 bit, et une valeur du bit est utilisée pour indiquer si le PDSCH peut utiliser les ressources radio dans la région de commande.
 
14. Support de stockage lisible par ordinateur comprenant un set d'instructions exécutables par ordinateur qui, lorsqu'exécutées par un ordinateur, entraînent l'ordinateur à mettre en Ĺ“uvre le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1-6.
 




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