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(11)EP 3 419 362 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
07.04.2021 Bulletin 2021/14

(21)Application number: 18186367.1

(22)Date of filing:  26.08.2011
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04W 72/04(2009.01)
H04W 8/22(2009.01)
H04W 28/18(2009.01)

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METHOD, COMPUTER MEDIUM AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCED FLEXIBLE TIMESLOT ASSIGNMENT

VERFAHREN, COMPUTERMEDIUM UND VORRICHTUNG ZUR ENHANCED-FLEXIBLE-TIMESLOT-ZUWEISUNG

PROCÉDÉ, SUPPORT INFORMATIQUE ET APPAREIL POUR UNE AFFECTATION SOUPLE D'INTERVALLES DE TEMPS AMÉLIORÉE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
GB

(43)Date of publication of application:
26.12.2018 Bulletin 2018/52

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
17174448.5 / 3242521
11306072.7 / 2563063

(73)Proprietor: BlackBerry Limited
Waterloo, Ontario N2K 0A7 (CA)

(72)Inventor:
  • FAURIE, Rene
    92419 Courbevoie Cedex (FR)

(74)Representative: Hanna Moore + Curley 
Garryard House 25-26 Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2, D02 PX51
Dublin 2, D02 PX51 (IE)


(56)References cited: : 
  
  • TELEFON AB LM ERICSSON ET AL: "Interpretation of Multislot Class Parameters for EFTA", 3GPP DRAFT; GP-100341 CR 45 002-0144 INTERPRETATION OF MULTISLOT CLASS PARAMETERS FOR EFTA REL-9, 3RD GENERATION PARTNERSHIP PROJECT (3GPP), MOBILE COMPETENCE CENTRE ; 650, ROUTE DES LUCIOLES ; F-06921 SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS CEDEX ; FRANCE, vol. TSG GERAN, no. Berlin; 20100301, 25 February 2010 (2010-02-25), XP050416680,
  • ST-ERICSSON: "New test case tc 58d.1.1", 3GPP DRAFT; GP-111048, 3RD GENERATION PARTNERSHIP PROJECT (3GPP), MOBILE COMPETENCE CENTRE ; 650, ROUTE DES LUCIOLES ; F-06921 SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS CEDEX ; FRANCE, vol. TSG GERAN, no. Gothenburg; 20110829, 25 August 2011 (2011-08-25), XP050536839,
  
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

Field of the Disclosure



[0001] The following relates to systems and methods for mobile communications.

Background



[0002] The Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication system used in wireless telecommunications employs a time-division multiple access (TDMA) scheme. Such a system allows multiple users to share a same frequency channel by dividing the channel into different timeslots. Each timeslot, also referred to as a "slot" in the present disclosure, provides an available transmission time for a participant on the system. Thus, the participants transmit to and receive from a network in succession within their assigned timeslots.

[0003] For GSM, each system frequency is divided into eight timeslots collectively referred to as a frame or a TDMA frame. These timeslots and frames repeat in time and provide a framework for communications in both the uplink (from a mobile station or user equipment to a base station or network) and the downlink (from the base station or network to the mobile station or user equipment).

[0004] Developing universally-accepted telecommunication standards has been a goal at the forefront of the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). One such development in recent years is the GSM / EDGE radio access network (GERAN) standard. Among many things, 3GPP GERAN dictates that a mobile station has a multislot class that determines the maximum number of timeslots the mobile station can use for transmission and reception within any given TDMA frame, and hence the maximum bandwidth that can be allocated to the mobile station in the uplink and downlink directions.

[0005] In different situations, the bandwidth needs of one direction may be far greater than in the other direction. In addition, the bandwidth needs in the uplink and the downlink may be subject to significant and recurrent variations, requiring flexible adjustment of timeslot assignments and allocation. Flexible Timeslot Assignment (FTA) and Enhanced Flexible Timeslot Assignment (EFTA) are features of GERAN respectively introduced in 3GPP GERAN Release 7 and Release 9. Both FTA and EFTA features address the need to permit greater flexibility with respect to bandwidth allocations between the uplink and the downlink.

[0006] Telefon AB LM Ericsson: "Interpretation of Multislot Class Parameters for EFTA" XP050416680 relates to Interpretation of Multislot Class Parameters for EFTA.

[0007] The present invention is set out in the independent claims, with some optional features set out in the claims dependent thereto.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0008] 

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a wireless communication system for implementing embodiments of the present disclosure.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary embodiment of a mobile station.

FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a base device in communication with a mobile station.

FIGS. 4A-4C are timing diagrams of uplink and downlink timeslots of a mobile station with signaled multislot class 33 and alternative EFTA multislot class 27.

FIGS. 5A-5C are timing diagrams of uplink and downlink timeslots of a mobile station with signaled multislot class 39 and alternative EFTA multislot class 27.

FIGS. 6A-6C are timing diagrams of uplink and downlink timeslots with signaled multislot class 45 and alternative EFTA multislot class 28.

FIG. 7 is a timing diagram of uplink and downlink timeslots with signaled multislot class 33 and no alternative EFTA multislot class.

FIG. 8 is a timing diagram of uplink and downlink timeslots with signaled multislot class 45 and no alternative EFTA multislot class.

FIG. 9 is a block diagram illustrating a process of determining multislot capability parameters of a mobile station supporting EFTA.

FIG. 10 is a block diagram illustrating another process of determining multislot capability parameters of a mobile station supporting EFTA.


DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS



[0009] Reference will now be made in detail to exemplary embodiments, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Wherever possible, the same reference numbers will be used throughout the drawings to refer to the same or like parts.

[0010] FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a wireless communication system. A mobile station 10 (e.g., MS) is shown communicating with a wireless base device 12. The mobile station 10 is able to exchange data and information with the base station 12 via uplink (UL) and downlink (DL) timeslots.

[0011] FIG. 2 illustrates an exemplary configuration for the mobile station 10. Referring first to FIG. 2, shown therein is a block diagram of an exemplary embodiment of a mobile station 10. The mobile station 10 comprises a number of components such as a main processor 102 that controls the overall operation of the mobile station 10. Communication functions, including data and voice communications, are performed through a communication subsystem 104. The communication subsystem 104 receives data from and sends data to a wireless network 20. In this exemplary embodiment of the mobile station 10, the communication subsystem 104 is configured in accordance with the GSM and GPRS standards, which are used worldwide. Other communication configurations that are equally applicable are, for example, Evolved EDGE or EDGE Evolution. The wireless link connecting the communication subsystem 104 with the wireless network 20 represents one or more different Radio Frequency (RF) channels.

[0012] The main processor 102 also interacts with additional subsystems such as a Random Access Memory (RAM) 106, a flash memory 108, a display 110, an auxiliary input/output (110) subsystem 112, a data port 114, a keyboard 116, a speaker 118, a microphone 120, a GPS receiver 121, short-range communications 122, and other device subsystems 124. As will be discussed below, the short-range communications 122 can implement any suitable or desirable device-to-device or peer-to-peer communications protocol capable of communicating at a relatively short range, e.g. directly from one device to another. Examples include Bluetooth®, ad-hoc WiFi, infrared, or any "long-range" protocol re-configured to utilize available short-range components. It will therefore be appreciated that short-range communications 122 may represent any hardware, software or combination of both that enable a communication protocol to be implemented between devices or entities in a short range scenario, such protocol being standard or proprietary.

[0013] Some of the subsystems of the mobile station 10 perform communication-related functions, whereas other subsystems may provide "resident" or on-device functions. By way of example, the display 110 and the keyboard 116 may be used for both communication-related functions, such as entering a text message for transmission over the network 20, and device resident functions such as a calculator or task list.

[0014] The mobile station 10 can send and receive communication signals over the wireless network 20 after required network registration or activation procedures have been completed. Network access is associated with a subscriber or user of the mobile station 10. To identify a subscriber, the mobile station 10 may use a subscriber module component or "smart card" 126, such as a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), a Removable User Identity Module (RUIM) and a Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM). In the example shown, a SIM/RUIM/USIM 126 is to be inserted into a SIM/RUIM/USIM interface 128 in order to communicate with a network. Without the component 126, the mobile station 10 is not fully operational for communication with the wireless network 20. Once the SIM/RUIM/USIM 126 is inserted into the SIM/RUIM/USIM interface 128, it is coupled to the main processor 102.

[0015] The mobile station 10 is typically a battery-powered device and in this example includes a battery interface 132 for receiving one or more rechargeable batteries 130. In at least some embodiments, the battery 130 can be a smart battery with an embedded microprocessor. The battery interface 132 is coupled to a regulator (not shown), which assists the battery 130 in providing power V+ to the mobile station 10. Although current technology makes use of a battery, future technologies such as micro fuel cells may provide the power to the mobile station 10.

[0016] The mobile station 10 also includes an operating system 134 including software components. The operating system 134 and its software components are executed by the main processor 102 are typically stored in a persistent store such as the flash memory 108, which may alternatively be a read-only memory (ROM) or similar storage element. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that portions of the operating system 134 and its software components may be temporarily loaded into a volatile store such as the RAM 106.

[0017] Although FIG. 2 illustrates an exemplary configuration for the mobile station 10, in alternative implementations, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the components of mobile station 10 may be capable of performing functions associated with other components of mobile station 10.

[0018] FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a base station 12. In order to communicate with mobile station 10, base station 12 includes a receiver 201 and transmitter 202 connected to a processor 203. The processor 203 is configured to perform various functions including determining downlink configurations, obtaining multislot classes of mobile stations, assigning or allocating uplink timeslots, etc. The processor 203 is also configured to perform other functions such as device control, input/output, and other data processing related functions. It is noted that the processor 203 may be located outside of the base station 12 in a separate entity on the network 20. Base station 12 may include memory device 204 in communication with the processor 203. Memory device 204 may random-access memory (RAM), dynamic random-access memory (DRAM), or similar storage element.

[0019] Although FIG. 3 illustrates an exemplary configuration for the base station 12, in alternative implementations, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the components of base station 12 may be capable of performing functions associated with other components of base station 12.

[0020] The examples and embodiments provided below describe various methods and systems for providing enhanced flexible timeslot assignment and allocation to a mobile station and, in some embodiments, for the operation of a network or mobile station in accordance with such assignments and/or allocations, such as 10 used in a TDMA communication network such as GSM. As known to those of ordinary skill in the art, multislot capability of a mobile station defines the maximum number of timeslots (up to 8 timeslots in each of uplink and downlink) of a TDMA frame that a mobile station is able to use for receiving in downlink (Rx) or transmitting in uplink (Tx). The multislot capability also indicates the maximum sum (SUM) of the transmit and receive timeslots that a mobile station can support within a given TDMA frame. It also indicates the minimum time required for the mobile to switch from transmit to receive operation (Tra or Trb), and from receive to transmit (Tta or Ttb), including the case where some measurements may need to be carried out within one (at most) of the two switching times (in which case either Tra or Tta is applicable, otherwise Trb or Ttb is applicable instead).

[0021] Examples of how a mobile station may operate in accordance with these parameters include the following: i) the mobile station may reject or ignore an assignment of resources that do not comply with the parameters or may, in response, perform appropriate subsequent actions such as retransmitting a request for resources; ii) it may schedule transmissions of uplink bursts (including those corresponding to poll responses) or the reception of downlink bursts in accordance with the parameters e.g. by ensuring that the gap between transmission and subsequent reception (or vice versa) is in accordance with the applicable switching time, which may allow for measurement of an aspect of a (non-serving) cell; in particular, it may omit to transmit or receive bursts on timeslots which have been allocated to it (in the uplink case, whether by means of an uplink state flag (USF) or a poll) or (in the downlink case) may have been allocated to it i.e. may be used for transmissions addressed to the mobile station; iii) it may set or configure other parameters (such as radio link control window size or radio link control buffer size) according to its parameters, or iv) it may utilize features, capabilities or techniques (for example, shifted USF, the use of certain modulations schemes or the use of features which are applicable to or supported by mobile stations based on their respective parameters) appropriate to the determined parameters.

[0022] Similarly, the network may operate in accordance with the parameters determined in respect of a particular mobile station by i) ensuring that multislot assignments or allocations comply with the determined parameters; ii) by requiring or utilizing features, capabilities or techniques (for example, shifted USF, the use of certain modulations schemes or the use of features which are applicable to or supported by mobile stations based on their respective parameters) appropriate to the determined parameters; or iii) by determining the mobile station's schedule for data reception based on observation of its transmissions. Note that details of how the network or mobile station operates in accordance with the determined parameters may vary according to various factors, such as the medium access control protocol applicable or the capabilities or features of the mobile station or network that are being used (for example, whether flexible timeslot assignment is applicable to an assignment) and further specific examples may be described below in one or more of the described embodiments. In particular, in some embodiments, the mobile station takes account of requirements to transmit in a given radio block period uplink data or control messages to determine on which, if any, allocated timeslots it transmits.

[0023] One feature closely related to mobile station switching capabilities is the Timing Advance (TA) offset. By this mechanism, the base station offsets (advances) its receive (i.e. corresponding to uplink) timebase relative to its transmit (i.e. the downlink) timebase, which results in a minimum timing advance value (the offset is of 31 symbol periods - see 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.1) for the mobile station. This enables a mobile station supporting this capability to switch between transmit and receive operations in less time than would otherwise be the case. Mobile stations which can take advantage of such a mechanism may support switching times such as to, 1-to or 1+to ('1' standing for one timeslot duration).

[0024] The parameters described above (switching times, SUM, Rx, Tx, etc.) are typically communicated to the network in the form of a multislot class parameter. As such, a single multislot class parameter may permit the network to determine the various parameters applicable to the mobile station and hence (or otherwise directly) take into account the capabilities and applicable parameters in subsequent assignments, allocations, etc. Generally, multislot classes specified for full duplex operation (i.e. where the mobile station both transmits and receives during a given TDMA frame), in particular classes 30-45, indicate self-consistent parameters, in particular, such that SUM + (one each of receive-to-transmit and transmit-to-receive switching times) is no greater than 8 timeslots. A mobile station may indicate various multislot classes, applicable respectively to different capabilities or configurations, e.g. one multislot class for Enhanced General Packet Radio Service (EGPRS) configurations, and a different one for dual transfer mode (DTM) operations. Currently, as described below, parameters applicable to EFTA operation may be determined based on one or both of a multislot class and an alternative multislot class. Signaling of the multislot class(es) to the network is typically by means of the Mobile Station Radio Access Capabilities information element (IE) (see 3GPP TS 24.008) transmitted by the mobile station to a network entity. A radio access network entity (such as processor 203) may receive them indirectly, from a core network entity or directly from the mobile station. The presence of a particular multislot class indication may imply support for a corresponding feature. Similarly, indication of a particular multislot class (corresponding to a set of parameters) may imply support for a particular feature or capability, such as one that may be required to benefit from low switching times and/or support for high numbers of receive and/or transmit timeslots. Further indications may indicate a replacement or adjustment to one or more parameters derived from a multislot class, such as a reduction in the number of receive timeslots when a particular feature, e.g. downlink dual carrier is being used.

[0025] As also known to those of ordinary skill in the art, timeslots within a TDMA system may be assigned and allocated. In this context, assignment refers to the set of timeslots that are made available (by means of signaling such as by an assignment message) to a given mobile station. Allocation refers to the set of timeslots selected dynamically (e.g. on a radio block-by-radio block basis) for the use of a particular mobile station. Multiple mobile stations can share the same or overlapping assignments, and allocation can be used to avoid collisions.

[0026] Since it is generally desirable to be able to allocate timeslots over multiple frames, assignments are typically valid over multiple TDMA frames. Such assignment is referred to as temporary block flow (TBF). A TBF is unidirectional. An uplink TBF relates to uplink assignment/allocation, and a downlink TBF relates to downlink assignment/allocation. The timeslot numbering for the uplink is offset from the timeslot numbering for the downlink such that a mobile station can receive on a downlink timeslot and transmit on the uplink timeslot with the same number in the same TDMA frame without requiring the mobile station to receive and transmit at the same time.

[0027] For downlink allocation, after assignment, the network transmits using some or all of the assigned timeslots. Each mobile station that receives signals from the network on the downlink timeslots assigned to it can determine whether there is any content addressed to itself, meaning that those particular timeslots were allocated to the mobile station. All, a subset, or none of the timeslots assigned to a mobile station may be allocated to the mobile station in a given frame.

[0028] For uplink allocation, a mechanism is employed based on an uplink state flag (USF) for allocating uplink radio blocks to different mobile stations sharing the same uplink packet data channel(s) (PDCH(s)).

[0029] The techniques and embodiments of the present disclosure are generally described for a Basic Transmission Time Interval (BTTI) configuration, i.e. a configuration in which a radio block is transmitted using one packet data channel (PDCH) in each of four consecutive TDMA frames (i.e., within a duration of about 20 ms). However, those skilled in the art will appreciate that similar techniques and embodiments would similarly apply to a Reduced Transmission Time Interval (RTTI) configuration, i.e. a configuration in which a radio block is transmitted using a pair of PDCHs in each of two consecutive TDMA frames (i.e., within a duration of about 10 ms). Likewise, the techniques and embodiments in the present disclosure are generally described for a single carrier configuration, while they would similarly apply for a downlink dual carrier configuration.

[0030] A first example of uplink allocation that can be employed is referred to as dynamic allocation (DA), which is a medium access control (MAC) medium access mode. Using DA, to allocate an uplink radio block, a USF contained in a radio block transmitted by the network in a downlink timeslot in a given radio block period is used to allocate a radio block using the corresponding uplink timeslot in the next radio block period, or in the next four radio block periods depending on the value of a USF granularity parameter (e.g. "USF_GRANULARITY") signaled by the network to the mobile station. With conventional DA, the corresponding uplink timeslot has the same number as the downlink timeslot in which the downlink radio block containing the USF is received.

[0031] Extended dynamic allocation (EDA) is another MAC medium access mode. With EDA, for an uplink TBF, a USF contained in a downlink radio block transmitted by the network in a given downlink timeslot means that the uplink timeslot having the same number as the given downlink timeslot and all assigned uplink timeslots with higher timeslot numbers than that timeslot are being allocated for block transmission in the next radio block period. In some embodiments, a variant of conventional EDA may be employed in which the corresponding uplink timeslot can be an uplink timeslot having an uplink timeslot number that is the same or different from the downlink timeslot number of the timeslot in which the downlink radio block containing the USF is received. Such variant may e.g. use the shifted USF technique.

[0032] Without any type of Flexible Timeslot Assignment, the set of timeslots assigned by a base station to downlink and uplink of a mobile station must comply with the mobile station's capability. For example, for a class 33 device (Rx = 5; Tx = 4; SUM = 6), an assignment which defines the number of timeslots in downlink and uplink being 4 (d) and 2 (u) respectively is acceptable. In this scenario, Rx is the maximum number of receive timeslots the mobile station can use per TDMA frame, Tx is the maximum number of transmit timeslots the mobile station can use per TDMA frame, and SUM is the maximum total number of uplink (u) and downlink (d) timeslots that can be used by the mobile station per TDMA frame.

[0033] With EFTA, as defined in 3GPP GERAN specifications, the assignment and the actual allocation of downlink and uplink timeslots do not have to comply with the SUM parameter of the mobile station. One EFTA rule states that uplink transmissions are prioritized by the mobile station over the reception of downlink transmission. Thus, a mobile station that has data to transmit uses some or all allocated uplink timeslots and monitors as many of its assigned downlink timeslots as possible. This EFTA feature allows a mobile station to receive downlink data on downlink timeslots that it would not have been able to receive had it been transmitting.

[0034] In other words, compared to non-EFTA cases, where the mobile station may be allocated uplink resources that it has no need for, in which case the mobile station cannot receive any downlink data due to the requirement that all allocations must comply with the multislot capabilities of the mobile station, an EFTA-enabled device may monitor the downlink, and hence potentially receive downlink data, when no uplink block has to be transmitted, regardless of the uplink allocation. This EFTA feature is applicable only to mobile stations which belong to high multislot classes 30-45 (that is, whose "signaled" or "native" multislot class is in the range 30-45 inclusive) (the high multislot class of a mobile station capable of EFTA is also called "native" EFTA multislot class in the present description or "signaled" multislot class) under 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.1, reproduced in Table 1 below.
Table 1: Classes for Multislot Capability from 3GPP 45.002 Annex B.1
Multislot classMaximum number of slotsMinimum number of slotsType
RxTxSumTtaTtbTraTrb 
1 1 1 2 3 2 4 2 1
2 2 1 3 3 2 3 1 1
3 2 2 3 3 2 3 1 1
4 3 1 4 3 1 3 1 1
5 2 2 4 3 1 3 1 1
6 3 2 4 3 1 3 1 1
7 3 3 4 3 1 3 1 1
8 4 1 5 3 1 2 1 1
9 3 2 5 3 1 2 1 1
10 4 2 5 3 1 2 1 1
11 4 3 5 3 1 2 1 1
12 4 4 5 2 1 2 1 1
13 3 3 NA NA a) 3 a) 2
14 4 4 NA NA a) 3 a) 2
15 5 5 NA NA a) 3 a) 2
16 6 6 NA NA a) 2 a) 2
17 7 7 NA NA a) 1 0 2
18 8 8 NA NA 0 0 0 2
19 6 2 NA 3 b) 2 c) 1
20 6 3 NA 3 b) 2 c) 1
21 6 4 NA 3 b) 2 c) 1
22 6 4 NA 2 b) 2 c) 1
23 6 6 NA 2 b) 2 c) 1
24 8 2 NA 3 b) 2 d) 1
25 8 3 NA 3 b) 2 d) 1
26 8 4 NA 3 b) 2 d) 1
27 8 4 NA 2 b) 2 d) 1
28 8 6 NA 2 b) 2 d) 1
29 8 8 NA 2 b) 2 d) 1
30 5 1 6 2 1 1 1 1
31 5 2 6 2 1 1 1 1
32 5 3 6 2 1 1 1 1
33 5 4 6 2 1 1 1 1
34 5 5 6 2 1 1 1 1
35 5 1 6 2 1 1+to 1 1
36 5 2 6 2 1 1+to 1 1
37 5 3 6 2 1 1+to 1 1
38 5 4 6 2 1 1+to 1 1
39 5 5 6 2 1 1+to 1 1
40 6 1 7 1 1 1 to 1
41 6 2 7 1 1 1 to 1
42 6 3 7 1 1 1 to 1
43 6 4 7 1 1 1 to 1
44 6 5 7 1 1 1 to 1
45 6 6 7 1 1 1 to 1
a) = 1 with frequency hopping.
= 0 without frequency hopping.
b) = 1 with frequency hopping or change from Rx to Tx.
= 0 without frequency hopping and no change from Rx to Tx.
c) = 1 with frequency hopping or change from Tx to Rx.
= 0 without frequency hopping and no change from Tx to Rx.
d) = 1 change from Tx to Rx, or with frequency hopping and the MS does not support fast downlink frequency switching (see 3GPP TS 24.008).
= 0 no change from Tx to Rx and either without frequency hopping or the MS supports fast downlink frequency switching (see 3GPP TS 24.008).
to = 31 symbol periods (this can be provided by a TA offset, i.e. a minimum TA value).


[0035] For mobile stations that are not required to transmit and receive at the same time, 3GPP 45.002, Table 6.4.2.2.1 lists the number of timeslots that are possible to assign, and is reproduced in Table 2 below.
Table 2: Multislot configurations for packet switched connections in A/Gb mode from 3GPP45.002, Table 6.4.2.2.1
Medium access modeNo of Slots (Note 0)Tra shall applyTta shall applyApplicable Multislot classes (see Note 7)Note
Downlink, any mode d = 1-6 Yes - 1-12, 19-45  
d = 7-8 No - 24-29 1,2
Uplink, Dynamic u = 1-2 Yes - 1-12, 19-45 10
u = 2 - Yes 12, 36-39 11
u = 3   Yes 12, 37-39 9
u = 2-3 Yes - 31-34, 41-45 9
Uplink, Ext. Dynamic u = 1-3 Yes - 1-12, 19-45  
  u = 4 - Yes 12, 22-23, 27-29 2
  u = 4 Yes - 33-34, 38-39, 43-45 2
  u = 5 Yes - 34, 39 2,3,5
  u = 5 - Yes 44-45 2,4
  u = 4 Yes - 30-39 12
  u = 4 - Yes 40-45 12
  u = 5 Yes - 30-39 5, 12
  u = 5 - Yes 40-45 5, 12
  u = 6 - Yes 45 2,4,5
Down + up, Dynamic d+u = 2-5, u < 3 Yes - 1-12, 19-45 10
d+u = 6, u<3 Yes - 30-45 2,3
d+u = 7, u<3 - Yes 40-45 2,4
  d = 2, u = 3 Yes - 32-34, 42-45 9
  d+u = 5, u = 2-3 - Yes 12,36-39 9
  d+u = 6, u = 3-4 Yes - 32-34,37-39,42-45 2,3,9
  d+u = 7, u = 3-4 - Yes 42-45 2,4,9
  d = 4, u = 4 Yes - 33-34,38-39,43-45 2,3,8,9
  d = 4, u = 5 - Yes 44-45 2,4,8,9
  d+u = 8-10, u<3 Yes - 30-45 12
Down + up, Ext. Dynamic d+u = 2-4 Yes - 1-12, 19-45  
d+u = 5, d > 1 Yes - 8-12, 19-45  
d+u = 6-7, u<4 Yes - 10-12 8
d = 1, u = 4 - Yes 12, 22-23, 27-29 2
  d>1, u = 4 - Yes 12 2,8
  d = 1, u = 4 Yes - 33-34, 38-39, 43-45 2,6
  d+u = 6, d>1 Yes - 30-45 2,3
  d = 1, u = 5 Yes - 34,39 2,3,5
  d+u = 7-9, u<5 Yes - 31-34, 36-39 2,3,8
  d>1, u = 5 Yes - 34,39 2,3,5,8
  d = 1, u = 5 - Yes 44-45 2,4
  d+u = 7, d>1 - Yes 40-45 2,4
  d = 1, u = 6 - Yes 45 2,4,5
  d+u = 8-11, u<6 - Yes 41-45 2,4,8
  d>1, u = 6 - Yes 45 2,4,5,8
  d d+u= 2-16 u=1-4 Yes - 30-39 12
  d +u= 6-16 u>4 Yes - 30-39 5,12
  d+u = 2-16 u=1-4 - Yes 40-45 12
  d +u= 6-16 u>4 - Yes 40-45 5,12
Note 0 If the downlink timeslots assigned (allocated) to the mobile station are not contiguous, d shall also include the number of downlink timeslots not assigned (allocated) to the mobile station that are located between assigned (allocated) downlink timeslots. Similarly, if the uplink timeslots assigned (allocated) to the mobile station are not contiguous, u shall also include the number of uplink timeslots not assigned (allocated) to the mobile station that are located between assigned (allocated) uplink timeslots.
Note 1 Normal measurements are not possible (see 3GPP TS 45.008).
Note 2 Normal BSIC decoding is not possible (see 3GPP TS 45.008) except e.g. in case of a downlink dual carrier capable MS operating in single carrier mode using its second receiver for BSIC decoding.
Note 3 TA offset required for multislot classes 35-39.
Note 4 TA offset required for multislot classes 40-45.
Note 5 Shifted USF operation shall apply (see 3GPP TS 44.060).
Note 6 The network may fallback to a lower multislot class and may not apply Tra. A multislot class 38 or 39 MS shall in this case use Tta for timing advance values below 31.
Note 7 For dual carrier operation the Applicable Multislot class is the Signalled multislot class or the Equivalent multislot class (if different from the Signalled multislot class) as defined in Table B.2. For EFTA operation the Applicable Multislot class is the Signalled multislot class.
Note 8 These configurations can only be used for assignment to an MS supporting Flexible Timeslot Assignment (see 3GPP TS 24.008). For allocation additional restrictions apply.
Note 9 These configurations can be used only in RTTI configuration.
Note 10 These configurations can be used in RTTI configurations only when the timeslots of the corresponding downlink PDCH-pair are contiguous.
Note 11 These configurations can be used only in RTTI configurations when the timeslots of the corresponding downlink PDCH-pair are not contiguous.
Note 12 These configurations can only be used for assignment to an MS for which Enhanced Flexible Timeslot Assignment is used (see 3GPP TS 44.060). Whether normal measurements (see 3GPP TS 45.008) and/or normal BSIC decoding (see 3GPP TS 45.008) are possible will be dependent of allocation.


[0036] In addition to their native EFTA multislot class, EFTA-capable mobile stations may also indicate an alternative EFTA multislot class from one of classes 19-29. Additional information regarding the alternative EFTA multislot class may be found at 3GPP 45.002 Annex B.5 and 3GPP TS 24.008 10.5.5.12a. A purpose of an alternative EFTA multislot class is to allow support for more uplink or downlink timeslots than is allowed for the native EFTA multislot class (which may support up to 6 uplink or downlink timeslots depending on the multislot class). Multislot classes 19-29, also referred to as half-duplex multislot classes in the present description, as their associated multislot capabilities would allow the support of a fixed allocation half duplex mode of operation (see e.g. 3GPP TS 44.060 Release 1999 sub-clause 8.1.1.3 - noting that fixed allocation support was removed from Release 5 onwards from the 3GPP specifications), allow indication of support for up to 8 uplink or downlink timeslots.

[0037] The multislot capability parameters of an EFTA mobile station depend on the native EFTA multislot class parameters and on the alternative EFTA multislot class parameters. Again, 3GPP 45.002 Annex B.5 provides the rules for deriving the multislot capability parameters applicable to EFTA operation. In the present disclosure, these rules may be referred to as the selective applicability of multislot capability parameters for EFTA. Table B.3 of Annex B.5 is reproduced in Table 3 below.
Table 3: Multislot Capability Parameters from 3GPP 45.002 Annex B.5
Signaled multislot classAlternative EFTA multislot classRxTxSumTtaTtbTraTrb
30-39 None sig sig NA sig b) sig c)
19 6 2 NA sig b) sig c)
20 6 3 NA sig b) sig c)
21-22 6 4 NA sig b) sig c)
23 6 6 NA sig b) sig c)
24 8 2 NA sig b) sig d)
25 8 3 NA sig b) sig d)
26-27 8 4 NA sig b) sig d)
28 8 6 NA sig b) sig d)
29 8 8 NA sig b) sig d)
40-45 None sig sig NA sig b) sig sig
19 6 2 NA sig b) sig sig
20 6 3 NA sig b) sig sig
21-22 6 4 NA sig b) sig sig
23 6 6 NA sig b) sig sig
24 8 2 NA sig b) sig sig
25 8 3 NA sig b) sig sig
26-27 8 4 NA sig b) sig sig
28 8 6 NA sig b) sig sig
29 8 8 NA sig b) sig sig
sig = Parameter value should be taken from the signaled multislot class
b), c) and d) are as defined in subclause B.1.
d) at Rx to Rx transition without frequency hopping then Tra/Trb = 0


[0038] As discussed previously, an EFTA capable device such as mobile station 10 or 100 may indicate an alternative EFTA multislot class (selected from half-duplex multislot classes 19-29) for the purpose of supporting a higher number of downlink and uplink timeslots. This may be beneficial for supporting more downlink timeslots, since EFTA-enabled devices may monitor the downlink when there are no uplink blocks to transmit. However, using alternative EFTA multislot classes for indicating the support a higher number of uplink timeslots may not be advantageous as currently specified, or the operation of certain resulting multislot configurations may not be supported by existing 3GPP specifications. The following example of mobile station with a signaled multislot class 32 and an alternative EFTA multislot class demonstrates some drawbacks in the existing approach.

[0039] A multislot configuration with a number of uplink timeslots (i.e., "u") equal to 1, 2, or 3 is possible with multislot class 32 and does not require the support of an alternative EFTA multislot class.

[0040] A multislot configuration with u = 4 is not supported by multislot class 32 as u is greater than the value of the Tx capability parameter, i.e. Tx = 3. This configuration would be indicated as being possible with a number of half duplex multislot classes (e.g. 22-23, 27-29) (in which case EDA and Tta would be applicable according to current specifications). However, a mobile station basically supporting 4 uplink timeslots could have (and, reasonably, would have) signaled a native multislot class 33 (Rx=5, Tx=4, SUM=6) instead of class 32, therefore indicating an alternative EFTA multislot class is not considered to be an essential benefit in this respect.

[0041] A multislot configuration with u = 5 is supported by high multislot classes 34, 39, 44 or 45, either by using shifted USF (wherein the USF for the first assigned uplink timeslot is sent on the downlink timeslot corresponding to, i.e. with the same timeslot number as, the second assigned uplink timeslot for the purpose of increasing uplink capacity) or without using shifted USF, by using a timing advance (TA) offset. However, neither class 32 nor half duplex multislot classes (e.g. 29) are expected to support these mechanisms and the relevant multislot capability parameters (e.g. lower switching times) evidenced by 3GPP 45.002, table 6.4.2.2.1 and table B.1. Hence u = 5 is a configuration that is not consistent with the support (or lack thereof) of such mechanisms currently applicable to either the signaled multislot class or any of the possible alternative EFTA multislot classes. In some embodiments consistent with this disclosure, the support of the relevant mechanisms is enforced and the relevant capabilities applied in the case of EFTA.

[0042] It should be noted that there is no half-duplex class with Tx = 5 capability (allowed values being 8, 6, 4, etc.). Therefore, a mobile station indicating an alternative EFTA multislot class for the purpose of supporting u = 5 configurations would need to at least support Tx = 6, for which the use of both Shifted USF and timing advance offset are required. Thus, in accordance with some embodiments, considering that i) the purpose of signaling an alternative EFTA multislot class is to increase the multislot capability, and ii) the parameters applicable to EFTA operation may be determined based on one or both of a signaled (Sig) multislot class and an alternative (Alt) multislot class, the applicable rule for determining the Rx parameter is defined as the larger value of Rx(Sig) and Rx (Alt), and the applicable rule for determining the Tx parameter is defined as the larger value of Tx(Sig) and Tx (Alt). Thus, a mobile station of a signaled multislot class 34, 39, or 44 (supporting up to Tx = 5 uplink timeslots) is able to signal an increased downlink capability through the use of an alternative EFTA multislot class having a lower transmit capability without altering its native transmit capability.

[0043] Similar to when u = 5, a multislot configuration with u = 6 is not possible due to the absence of support for Shifted USF and the timing advance offset applicable to the signaled class (multislot classes 32) and the alternative multislot class (i.e. any of multislot classes 19-29) - see 3GPP TS 45.002 Table 6.4.2.2.1. Thus, in accordance with some embodiments, a number of multislot capability parameters are redefined to allow support for this configuration. Specifically, the support of the shifted USF and timing advance offset mechanisms are enforced and the applicability of relevant capabilities is specified in the case of EFTA independent of the current requirements applicable to their support for the native multislot class and for the alternative EFTA multislot class.

[0044] A multislot configuration with u = 7 or 8 would have been supported with a fixed allocation medium access mode operated in half duplex mode, but the fixed allocation medium access mode is no longer supported by 3GPP specifications (it was removed from Release 5), and multislot configurations with u = 7 or 8 are not supported with EDA. Transmission on 7 or 8 timeslots would not allow any concurrent USF monitoring in a single radio block period. In other words, the USF monitoring and transmission within the TDMA timeframe would collide.

[0045] According to one embodiment, higher uplink configurations, such as when u >= 5, are supported for mobile stations signaling alternative EFTA multislot classes by applying parameters currently indicated by multislot class 45 when allocating a multislot configuration with the number of uplink timeslots higher than the signaled multislot class but still less than 6 (inclusive).

[0046] When the number of uplink timeslots assigned to the mobile station is greater than 6 and alternative EFTA multislot class 29 is indicated, the following solutions enable these configurations. First, the shifted USF and the timing advance offset (to) is not applied, in which case restrictions in monitoring the USF on certain timeslots may apply. Second, shifted USF is applied for the first uplink timeslot of the assigned configuration and is indicated on the downlink timeslot corresponding (same timeslot number) to the second uplink timeslot of the configuration, and the timing advance offset (to) is not applied. Third, shifted USF is applied for the first uplink timeslot of the assigned configuration and is indicated on the downlink timeslot corresponding (same timeslot number) to the second uplink timeslot of the configuration, and the timing advance offset (to) is applied. Fourth, all uplink timeslot assigned to the mobile station are exclusively allocated to the mobile station. In other words, the mobile station does not need to read the uplink state flags (USFs). Alternatively, when a mobile station indicates a high multislot class with an uplink capability of Tx(Sig) < 5 or Tx (Sig) < 6, i.e. a high multislot class not supporting shifted USF or timing advance offset (to), the mobile station may additionally indicate the support of high multislot classes 34, 39, 44 or 45 (e.g. as alternative EFTA multislot classes) (thus indicating support of, and allowing the network and the mobile station to take advantage of shifted USF and timing advance offset (to) mechanisms) for supporting an increased uplink capability.

[0047] The EFTA mechanism allows the prioritization of the uplink transmission over the downlink reception, and also supports higher receive and transmit capabilities by a mobile station indicating an alternative EFTA multislot class. EFTA operation is currently enabled by means of the assignment of an uplink TBF.

[0048] Current 3GPP specifications do not permit the network to assign downlink-only resources based on parameters derived from the alternative EFTA multislot class. Further, it is not clear whether an EFTA, uplink-only assignment could be made and based on which of the signaled or alternative multislot classes.

[0049] For example, from Table 2 above, the support and the operation of downlink-only configurations ("Downlink, any mode" rows) of more than 6 timeslots is not currently specified for an EFTA capable mobile station. However, it could be beneficial to allow the use of such multislot configurations as the mobile station indicating an alternative EFTA multislot class with such a capability would support it whether or not EFTA is used. Also, if it can be observed that the support and the operation of uplink-only configurations of more than 6 timeslots is not currently specified for an EFTA capable mobile station ("Uplink, Ext. Dynamic rows" of Table 2),the support of uplink-only configurations of 4 or 5 uplink timeslots is specified for an EFTA capable mobile station provided that EFTA is used for this assignment. However, it is not clear whether such multislot configurations could be assigned regardless of the Tx capability and of the support of shifted USF mechanism for the signaled multislot class, even if the alternative EFTA multislot class supports this Tx value. For example, it is not clear whether a multislot configuration of u=5 uplink timeslots could be assigned to and operated by a mobile station indicating a signaled multislot class supporting Tx=4 or less uplink timeslots, and therefore not supporting the shifted USF mechanism, even though the mobile station indicates an alternative EFTA multislot class supporting e.g. Tx=6 uplink timeslots. This is corroborating the previous assessment regarding full duplex (uplink + downlink) multislot configuration that using alternative EFTA multislot classes for indicating the support a higher number of uplink timeslots may not be advantageous as currently specified, and that the operation of certain resulting multislot configurations may not be supported by existing 3GPP specifications.

[0050] Thus, for downlink-only configurations, current standards may be amended to allow the maximum number of downlink timeslots that can be assigned to a mobile station having indicated an alternative EFTA multislot class to be the Rx of the alternative EFTA multislot class, regardless of the Rx of the signaled multislot class.

[0051] For extended uplink-only configurations, the support of uplink-only configurations based on alternative EFTA multislot classes may be removed regardless of whether EFTA is used. Alternatively, the use of shifted USF would be removed for EFTA configurations with u = 5 when enabled by an alternative EFTA class (i.e. not supported by the signaled multislot class), noting that 1) alternative EFTA multislot classes capable of supporting a multislot configuration with u=5 is necessarily supporting a minimum value of Tx=6 (there is no half duplex class supporting Tx=5), for which the use of both Shifted USF and timing advance offset is required and 2) support of non-EFTA configurations with u=5 with multislot class 45 (Tx=6) does not require shifted USF.

[0052] It is noted that EFTA assumes the support of FTA. However, FTA and EFTA capabilities may be independently set by the mobile station which leads to the issue as to whether a network may use EFTA with a mobile station not supporting FTA. In order to resolve this issue, a mobile station indicating support of EFTA shall also indicate the support of FTA; alternatively, a network receiving from a mobile station an indication that the mobile station supports EFTA may use EFTA and shall assume that the mobile station also supports FTA; or, alternatively, a network receiving from a mobile station an indication that the mobile station supports EFTA and does not support FTA shall treat the mobile station as not supporting EFTA and not use EFTA with the mobile station.

[0053] It is also noted that FTA is not specified for being used in the DA medium access mode while EFTA support is indicated as supported for DA in the 3GPP standards. This leads to the ambiguity that the network may apply EFTA in configurations using DA. In order to resolve this ambiguity, the indication of EFTA support in DA medium access mode could be removed so that neither FTA nor EFTA would be supported in DA. Alternatively, the indication of FTA support could be extended to DA medium access mode so that both FTA and EFTA would be supported in DA.

[0054] Although 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5 indicates that mobile stations with (DTM) EGPRS multislot classes 30-45 can support EFTA, this is overly restrictive. Thus, Annex B.5 may be modified to include mobile stations with GPRS multislot classes 30-45 as all the benefits of EFTA also applies to GPRS mobile stations.

[0055] There appears to be inconsistencies in the selective applicability of multislot capability parameters for EFTA as currently specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5 for certain combinations, inconsistencies that may result e.g. in the misinterpretation of the affected multislot capability parameters, in the unpredictable behavior of the network or of the mobile station as regards multislot configurations assignment and usage for EFTA, or in other restrictions of use related to EFTA, as demonstrated by the following examples.

[0056] It is noted that the following examples do not apply for a mobile station supporting increase of uplink capabilities. For the purposes of this document, a mobile station may be considered to be operating in one of either two modes. Mode 1 is defined as when the mobile station receives and transmits within a given TDMA frame or a given radio block period. Mode 2 is defined as when the mobile station has no block to transmit and only receives within a given TDMA frame or a given radio block period (i.e., operates in half-duplex mode). In this context, 'receives' includes receiving downlink transmissions for the purposes of determining subsequent allocations (e.g. by means of the USF mechanism), and 'transmits' includes transmitting data or control messages either in response to a allocation or a poll request.

EXAMPLE 1



[0057] Example 1 is of a mobile station with a signaled multislot class 33 and indicating alternative EFTA multislot class 27. In FIG. 4A, a multislot configuration of Rx = 8, Tx = 4 EFTA (EDA) is considered. Downlink timeslots of 0-7 are repeated (only two TDMA frames are shown) as are the uplink timeslots immediate below the downlink timeslots. As described earlier, the downlink and uplink timeslots are offset relative to each other by 3 timeslots. Since Rx = 8, all of the downlink timeslots 0-7 are assigned to the mobile station for possible downlink transmissions. This is indicated by the "Rx opportunity" pattern. In addition, since Tx = 4, uplink timeslots 1-4 (inclusive) may be used for uplink transmission. This is indicated by the "Tx opportunity" pattern. Corresponding to the uplink timeslots 1-4, downlink timeslots 1-4 may be used to indicate future uplink allocations by means of the USF flags transmitted thereon; hence, downlink timeslots 1-4 are indicated by the "USF + Rx opportunity" pattern.

[0058] Table 4 below illustrates the selective applicability of the multislot capability as currently specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5. The shaded cells indicate the questionability of the parameters according to Annex B.5 and will be analyzed below.



[0059] FIG. 4B illustrates mode 1, in which the mobile station receives and transmits. According to the setting of a USF field transmitted to the mobile station by the network in timeslot 1 of an earlier radio block (which in this example corresponded to the value of the USF field applicable to that timeslot as signaled in the assignment message assigning the uplink TBF), the mobile station may transmit radio blocks in uplink timeslots 1 to 4 (the timeslots to use are selected according to rules specified in TS 44.060 Annex N). Depending on the number of uplink timeslots actually used by the mobile station, the mobile station may monitor a variable number of downlink timeslots within timeslots 1 to 5.

[0060] Assuming the mobile station has at least one block to transmit, the mobile station is operating in a full duplex mode, and as such the number of timeslots that can be used by the mobile station in a full duplex timeslot configuration is maximized in applying the multislot capability of the signaled multislot class (33) of the mobile station (Rx=5, Tx=4, SUM=6), and the corresponding switching parameters (Tra=1 and Ttb=1) are applicable according to 9th row of part Down + up, Ext. Dynamic in 3GPP TS 45.002 v.9.5.0 Table 6.4.2.2.1. Accordingly, the assigned downlink timeslots 0, 6 and 7 cannot be monitored.

[0061] The application of the alternative EFTA multislot class parameter value for Ttb, as illustrated in Table 4 and specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5 has little relevance, as a reduced value of Ttb = 0, defined for half duplex operation of a mobile station only transmitting in the considered radio block period is not relevant in this mode (the mobile station is in a full duplex mode) and Ttb = 1 of the signaled class is the lowest possible value.

[0062] FIG. 4C illustrates Mode 2, in which the mobile station has no block to transmit and operates in a receive only mode on up to 8 Rx timeslots. In this operating mode, Tta / Ttb parameters, relevant to a mode of operation with uplink transmission - see 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.1, are not meaningful as the mobile station operates in a half duplex mode and does not transmit, except in case of polling by the network.

[0063] A similar configuration is described in the 2nd row of part Downlink, any mode in 3GPP TS 45.002 v. v.9.5.0 where Table 6.4.2.2.1 indicates that Tra parameter is not applicable (no timeslot left for measurements or BSIC decoding): Trb=0 (or 1) applies instead, which should be the case for such a configuration used with EFTA operation.

[0064] In case where only 7 downlink timeslots were allocated by the network, the applicability of Tra=1 of the signaled multislot class (supported by mobile station of high multislot classes 30-34) would allow measurements within the remaining timeslot, which would not be possible if Tra=2 of the alternative EFTA multislot class was used. The applicability of the signaled multislot class Tra parameter value is then beneficial for such a case (multislot classes 30-34 and 40-45).

[0065] Tra/Ttb of the signaled multislot class should also be applicable instead of the parameter values of the alternative EFTA multislot class in case the mobile station is polled by the network (Tra provides a lower value than the alternative EFTA multislot class parameter; as mentioned for the receive + transmit mode, the application of the alternative EFTA multislot class parameter value for Ttb has no obvious benefit).

[0066] During inter-mode transitions, the switching between Mode 1 and Mode 2 is governed by the Tra parameter. When switching from Mode 1 (receive + transmit) to Mode 2 (receive only), Tra = 1 must be respected (transmit to receive transition). When switching from Mode 2 to Mode 1, Tra = 0 or 1 must be respected (receive to receive transition).

[0067] Table 5 illustrates the relevant multislot capabilities for each operated mode in Example 1.
Table 5: Relevant multislot capabilities: signaled class 33 / alternative class 27
ParameterRx+Tx modeRx-only modeComments
Rx Rx(sig)=5 Rx(alt)=8  
Tx Tx(sig)=4 NA Tx-only mode is not considered.
Sum Sum(sig)=6 NA Sum is applicable in Rx+Tx mode.
Tta NA NA Tta is never applicable.
Trb NA Trb(alt)=0-1 Trb(alt) is generally applicable in Rx-only mode except in case of polling.
Tra Tra(sig)=1 Tra(sig)=1 Tra(sig) is applicable in Rx+Tx mode and may be applicable in Rx-only mode (polling or configurations with d=7).
Ttb Ttb(sig)=1 Ttb(sig)=1 Ttb(sig) is applicable in Rx+Tx mode and may be applicable in Rx-only mode (polling).
sig = signaled multislot class
alt = alternative EFTA multislot class

EXAMPLE 2



[0068] Example 2 is of a mobile station with a signaled multislot class 39 and indicating alternative EFTA multislot class 27. In FIG. 5A, a multislot configuration of Rx = 8, Tx = 5 EFTA (EDA) is considered. Downlink timeslots of 0-7 are repeated (only two TDMA frames are shown) as are the uplink timeslots immediate below the downlink timeslots. Similar to Example 1, since Rx = 8, all of the downlink timeslots 0-7 are assigned to the mobile station for possible downlink transmissions. This is indicated by the "Rx opportunity" pattern. In addition, since Tx = 5, uplink timeslots 0-4 (inclusive) may be used for uplink transmission ("Tx opportunity pattern"). Corresponding to the uplink timeslots 0-4, downlink timeslots 1-4 may be used to indicate future uplink allocations by means of the USF flags - including shifted USF flag in downlink timeslot 1 - transmitted thereon ("Shifted USF + Rx opportunity" pattern), Further, as class 39 requires a timing advance offset (to) due to the improvements made to switch and measurement times, the transmission (uplink) timebase/multiframe is shifted with respect to the reception (downlink) timebase. This is indicated by the "TA offset (to)" pattern.

[0069] It is noted that the definition of switching times for high multislot classes involving a Timing Advance offset (to) in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.1 is not consistent in that the "to" value must be deducted from the value currently specified for Ttb (i.e. Ttb should equal 1 - to) so that SUM + Tra + Ttb does not exceed 8 timeslots per TDMA where the combination Tra / Ttb is used (Tra = 1 +to). Further, it should be observed that the uplink capability of multislot classes 34, 39 or 44 (i.e. Tx = 5) does not exist with any of classes 19-29, which is a restriction with the specified applicability of this parameter from the alternative EFTA multislot class as the value should then be reduced to 4 (the support of 6 or more uplink timeslots would only be possible with fixed allocation in half-duplex uplink mode or possibly exclusive allocation). In the present example, it is however assumed that a configuration with Tx = 5 is possible.

[0070] Table 6 illustrates the selective applicability of the multislot capability as currently specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5.



[0071] FIG. 5B illustrates Mode 1, in which the mobile station receives and transmits. According to the setting of a USF field transmitted to the mobile station by the network in timeslot 1 (shifted USF) of an earlier radio block, the mobile station may transmit radio blocks in uplink timeslots 0 to 4. Depending on the number of uplink timeslots actually used by the mobile station, the mobile station may monitor a variable number of downlink timeslots within timeslots 1 to 5.

[0072] Assuming the mobile station has at least one block to transmit, the mobile station is operating in a full duplex mode, and as such the number of timeslots that can be used by the mobile station in a full duplex timeslot configuration is maximized in applying the multislot capability of the signaled multislot class (39) of the mobile station (Rx=5, Tx=5, SUM=6), and the corresponding switching parameters (Tra=1+to, Ttb=1-to) are applicable (10th row of part Down + up, Ext. Dynamic in 3GPP TS 45.002 v.9.5.0 Table 6.4.2.2.1).

[0073] As mentioned for Example 1, a reduced value of Ttb = 0 of the alternative EFTA multislot class cannot apply as the mobile station is in a full duplex mode. Further, the value Ttb=1 of the alternative EFTA multislot class is not consistent with Tra=1+to of the signaled class (the Timing Advance offset applies on both receive to transmit and transmit to receive transitions). Hence, Ttb=1-to of the signaled multislot class should apply instead and use the parameter value of the alternative EFTA multislot class, as illustrated in Table 6 and specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5 is inconsistent.

[0074] FIG. 5C illustrates Mode 2, in which the mobile station has no block to transmit and operates in a receive only mode on up to 8 Rx timeslots as per the alternative EFTA multislot class 27 capability. The use of this allocation is similar as for Example 1 (Trb=0 or 1), with the particularity that, in the specific case of a polling of the network occurs, both Tra and Ttb of the signaled multislot class, depending on the offset "to," should be applied (the offset "to" being relevant and applicable as soon as the mobile station has to switch between reception and transmission).

[0075] In Mode 2 however, the applicability of Tra=1+to from the signaled multislot class would not permit a configuration with 7 downlink timeslots together with performing measurements as suggested in Example 1. A value of Tra=1 would be needed (as with multislot class 34), and only Trb is applicable (no measurement possible) in case the network assigns a downlink multislot configuration of 7 timeslots.

[0076] During inter-mode transitions, the switching between the Mode 1 and Mode 2 is governed by the Tra parameter. When switching from Mode 1 to Mode 2, Tra = 1+to must be respected. When switching from Mode 2 to Mode 1, Tra = 0/1 must be respected.

[0077] Table 7 illustrates the relevant multislot capabilities for each operated mode.
Table 7: Relevant multislot capabilities: signaled class 39 / alternative class 27
ParameterRx+Tx modeRx-only modeComments
Rx Rx(sig)=5 Rx(alt)=8  
Tx Tx(sig)=5 NA Tx-only mode is not considered.
Sum Sum(sig)= 6 NA Sum is applicable in Rx+Tx mode.
Tta NA NA Tta is never applicable.
Trb NA Trb(alt)=0-1 Trb(alt) is generally applicable in Rx-only mode except in case of polling.
Tra Tra(sig)=1+to Tra(sig)=1+to Tra(sig) is applicable in Rx+Tx mode and may be applicable in Rx-only mode (polling).
Ttb Ttb(sig)=1-to Ttb(sig)=1-to Ttb(sig) is applicable in Rx+Tx mode and may be applicable in Rx-only mode (polling).
sig = signaled multislot class
alt = alternative EFTA multislot class

EXAMPLE 3



[0078] Example 3 is of a mobile station with a signaled multislot class 45 and indicating alternative EFTA multislot class 28. In FIG. 6A, a multislot configuration of Rx = 8, Tx = 6 EFTA (EDA) is considered. Downlink timeslots of 0-7 are repeated (only two TDMA frames are shown) as are the uplink timeslots immediate below the downlink timeslots. Similar to Examples 1 and 2, since Rx = 8, all of the downlink timeslots 0-7 are assigned to the mobile station for possible downlink transmissions. This is indicated by the "Rx opportunity" pattern. In addition, since Tx = 6, uplink timeslots 0-5 (inclusive) may be used for uplink transmission ("Tx opportunity" pattern). Corresponding to the uplink timeslots 0-5, downlink timeslots 1-5 may be used to indicate future uplink allocations by means of the USF flags - including shifted USF flag in downlink timeslot 1 - transmitted thereon ("Shifted USF + Rx opportunity" pattern), Further, as class 45 requires a timing advance offset (to) due to the improvements made to switch and measurement times, the transmission (uplink) timebase is shifted with respect to the reception (downlink) timebase. This is indicated by the "TA offset (to)" pattern.

[0079] It is noted that the definition of switching times for high multislot classes involving a Timing Advance offset (to) in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.1 is not consistent in that the "to" value must be deducted from the value currently specified for Tta (i.e. Tta should equal 1 - to) so that SUM + Tta + Trb does not exceed 8 timeslots per TDMA where the combination Tta / Trb is used (Trb = to).

[0080] Table 8 illustrates the selective applicability of the multislot capability as currently specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5.



[0081] FIG. 6B illustrates Mode 1, in which the mobile station receives and transmits within a given TDMA frame or a given radio block period. According to the setting of a USF field transmitted to the mobile station by the network in timeslot 1 (shifted USF) of an earlier radio block, the mobile station may transmit radio blocks in uplink timeslots 0 to 5. Depending on the number of uplink timeslots actually used by the mobile station, the mobile station may monitor downlink a variable number of timeslots within timeslots 1 to 6.

[0082] Assuming the mobile station has at least one block to transmit, the mobile station is operating in a full duplex mode, and as such the number of timeslots that can be used by the mobile station in a full duplex timeslot configuration is maximized in applying the multislot capability of by the signaled multislot class (45) of the mobile station (Rx=6, Tx=6, SUM=7), and the corresponding switching parameters (Tta=1-to, Trb=to) are applicable (15th row of part Down + up, Ext. Dynamic in 3GPP TS 45.002 v.9.5.0 Table 6.4.2.2.1). This is consistently reflected in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5.

[0083] In this mode, a reduced value of Ttb=0 of the alternative EFTA multislot class cannot apply as the mobile station alternates between reception and transmission. It is noted that for multislot configurations where Tra / Ttb apply instead of Tta / Trb (e.g. for configurations with a lower number of uplink timeslots), the corresponding attributes of the signaled multislot class should apply either, and using Ttb=0-1 of the alternative EFTA multislot class, as illustrated in Table 8 and specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5, has little relevance (see Example 1).

[0084] FIG. 6C illustrates Mode 2, in which the mobile station has no block to transmit and operates in a receive only mode on up to 8 Rx timeslots as per the alternative EFTA multislot class 28 capability. The usage of this allocation is similar as in Examples 1 and 2 (Trb=0 or 1), with the difference that, in case of polling, Tta and Trb of the signaled multislot class should be applicable (instead of Tra and Ttb).

[0085] As for Example 1, the applicability of Tra=1 from the signaled multislot class would be beneficial for allowing a configuration with 7 downlink timeslots together with performing measurements.

[0086] During inter-mode transitions, the switching between the Mode 1 and Mode 2 is governed by the Tra and Trb parameters. When switching from Mode 1 to Mode 2, Trb = to must be respected. When switching from Mode 2 to Mode 1, Tra = 0/1 must be respected.

[0087] The following table illustrates the relevant multislot capabilities for each operated mode.
Table 9: Relevant multislot capabilities: signaled class 45 / alternative class 28
ParameterRx+Tx modeRx-only modeComments
Rx Rx(sig)=6 Rx(alt)=8  
Tx Tx(sig)=6 NA Tx-only mode is not considered.
Sum Sum(sig)=7 NA Sum is applicable in Rx+Tx mode
Tta Tta(sig)=1-to Tta(sig)=1-to Tta(sig) is applicable in Rx+Tx mode and may be applicable in Rx-only mode (polling).
Trb Trb(sig)=to Trb(alt)=0-1 / Trb(sig)=to Trb(sig) is applicable in Rx+Tx mode. Trb(alt)=0-1 is generally applicable in Rx-only mode, unless in case of polling where Trb(sig)=to is applicable.
Tra NA Tra(sig)=1 Tra(sig) may be applicable in Rx-only mode for configurations with d=7.
Ttb NA NA Ttb is never applicable.
sig = signaled multislot class
alt = alternative EFTA multislot class

EXAMPLE 4



[0088] Example 4 is of a mobile station with a signaled multislot class 33 and not indicating an alternative EFTA multislot class. In FIG. 7, a multislot configuration of Rx = 5, Tx = 4 EFTA (EDA) is considered. Downlink timeslots of 0-7 are repeated (only two TDMA frames are shown) as are the uplink timeslots immediate below the downlink timeslots. Unlike the examples above, since Rx = 5, only downlink timeslots 1-5 (inclusive) are assigned to the mobile station for possible downlink transmissions. This is indicated by the "Rx opportunity" pattern. In addition, since Tx = 4, uplink timeslots 1-4 (inclusive) may be used for uplink transmission. Corresponding to the uplink timeslots 1-4, downlink timeslots 1-4 may be used to indicate future uplink allocations by means of the USF flags transmitted thereon ("USF + Rx opportunity" pattern),

[0089] Table 10 illustrates the selective applicability of the multislot capability as currently specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5.



[0090] Mode 1 is defined as the operating mode in which the mobile station receives and transmits within a given TDMA frame or a given radio block period. According to the setting of a USF field transmitted to the mobile station by the network in timeslot 1 of an earlier radio block, the mobile station may transmit radio blocks in uplink timeslots 1 to 4. Depending on the number of uplink timeslots actually used by the mobile station, the mobile station may monitor a variable number of downlink timeslots within timeslots 1 to 5.

[0091] Assuming the mobile station has at least one block to transmit, the mobile station is operating in a full duplex mode, and as such the number of timeslots that can be used by the mobile station is in a full duplex timeslot configuration is maximized in applying the multislot capability of by the signaled multislot class (33) of the mobile station (Rx=5, Tx=4, SUM=6), and the corresponding switching parameters (Tra=1, Ttb=1) are applicable (9th row of part Down + up, Ext. Dynamic in 3GPP TS 45.002 v.9.5.0 Table 6.4.2.2.1).

[0092] The application of multislot class 19-29 parameter value for Ttb, as illustrated in Table 10 and specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5, has little relevance for this mode, as a reduced value of Ttb = 0 defined for half duplex operation of a mobile station only transmitting in the considered radio block period is not relevant in this mode (the mobile station is in a full duplex mode), and Ttb = 1 of the signaled multislot class is the lowest possible value. Additionally, the applicable switching times for multislot class 33 (Tra=1, Ttb=1) specified for the case where EFTA is not used, allow the use of the maximum timeslots capability of the mobile station (SUM=6) when the mobile station has to receive and transmit in a given radio block period.

[0093] Mode 2 is defined as the operating mode in which the mobile station only receives within a given TDMA frame or a given radio block period. In this mode, all the assigned downlink timeslots (up to 5) may be monitored. Nothing would prevent the mobile station to transmit in uplink if need be as this would not affect the switching parameters Tra=1 and Ttb=1 of multislot class 33 while monitoring up to 5 downlink timeslots, which is the maximum downlink timeslots capability (Rx) of the corresponding multislot class.

[0094] The application of a reduced value (Trb=0 instead of Tra), as illustrated in Table 10 and specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5, has no meaning for this mode, as this would not allow to increase the downlink timeslots capability of the considered multislot class (Rx=5).

[0095] During inter-mode transitions, the normal operation for class 33 applies. [079+] The following table illustrates the relevant multislot capabilities for each operated mode.
Table 11: Relevant multislot capabilities: signaled class 33 / No alternative class
ParameterRx+Tx modeRx-only modeComments
Rx Rx(sig)=5 Rx(sig)=8  
Tx Tx(sig)=4 NA Tx-only mode is not considered.
Sum Sum(sig)=6 Sum(sig)=6  
Tta NA NA Tta is never applicable.
Trb NA NA Trb is never applicable.
Tra Tra(sig)=1 Tra(sig)=1 Tra(sig) is applicable in both Rx+Tx mode and in Rx-only mode.
Ttb Ttb(sig)=1 Ttb(sig)=1 Ttb(sig) is applicable in Rx+Tx mode and in Rx-only mode.
sig = signaled multislot class

EXAMPLE 5



[0096] Example 5 is of a mobile station with a signaled multislot class 45 and not indicating an alternative EFTA multislot class. In FIG. 8, a multislot configuration of Rx = 6, Tx = 6 EFTA (EDA) is considered. Downlink timeslots of 0-7 are repeated (only two TDMA frames are shown) as are the uplink timeslots immediate below the downlink timeslots. Unlike the examples above, since Rx = 6, downlink timeslots 1-6 (inclusive) are assigned to the mobile station for possible downlink transmissions. This is indicated by the Rx opportunity pattern. In addition, since Tx = 6, uplink timeslots 0-5 (inclusive) may be used for uplink transmission (Tx opportunity pattern). Corresponding to the uplink timeslots 0-5, downlink timeslots 1-5 may be used to indicate future uplink allocations by means of the USF flags - including shifted USF flag in downlink timeslot 1 - transmitted thereon ("Shifted USF + Rx opportunity" pattern), Further, as class 45 requires a timing advance offset (to) due to the improvements made to switch and measurement times, the transmission (uplink) timebase is shifted with respect to the reception (downlink) timebase. This is indicated by the TA offset (to) pattern.

[0097] It is noted that the definition of switching times for high multislot classes involving a Timing Advance offset (to) in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.1 is not consistent in that the "to" value must be deducted from the value currently specified for Tta (i.e. Tta should equal 1 - to) so that SUM + Tta + Trb does not exceed 8 timeslots per TDMA where the combination Tta / Trb is used (Trb = to).

[0098] Table 12 illustrates the selective applicability of the multislot capability as currently specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5.



[0099] Mode 1 is defined as the operating mode in which the mobile station receives and transmits within a given TDMA frame or a given radio block period. According to the setting of a USF field transmitted to the mobile station by the network in timeslot 1 (shifted USF) of an earlier radio block, the mobile station may transmit radio blocks in uplink timeslots 0 to 5. Depending on the number of uplink timeslots actually used by the mobile station, the mobile station may monitor a variable number of downlink timeslots within timeslots 1 to 6.

[0100] Assuming the mobile station has at least one block to transmit, the mobile station is operating in a full duplex mode, and as such the number of timeslots that can be used by the mobile station in a full duplex timeslot configuration is maximized in applying the multislot capability of by the signaled multislot class (45) of the mobile station (Rx=6, Tx=6, SUM=7) and the corresponding switching parameters (Tta=1-to, Trb=to) are applicable (15th row of part Down + up, Ext. Dynamic in 3GPP TS 45.002 v. v.9.5.0 Table 6.4.2.2.1). This is consistently reflected in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5.

[0101] Mode 2 is defined as the operating mode in which the mobile station only receives within a given TDMA frame or a given radio block period. In this mode, all the assigned downlink timeslots (up to 6) may be monitored. Nothing would prevent the mobile station to transmit in uplink if need be as this would not affect the switching parameters Tta=1-to and Trb=to of multislot class 45 while monitoring up to 6 downlink timeslots, which is the maximum downlink timeslots capability (Rx) of the corresponding multislot class.

[0102] The application of a reduced switching time (Ttb=0 instead of Tta), as illustrated in Table 12 and specified in 3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5, has no meaning for this mode, as this would not allow to increase the downlink timeslots capability of the considered multislot class (Rx=6).

[0103] During inter-mode transitions, the normal operation for class 45 applies. [085+] The following table illustrates the relevant multislot capabilities for each operated mode.
Table 13: Relevant multislot capabilities: signaled class 45 / No alternative class
ParameterRx+Tx modeRx-only modeComments
Rx Rx(sig)=6 Rx(sig)=8  
Tx Tx(sig)=6 NA Tx-only mode is not considered.
Sum Sum(sig)=7 Sum(sig)=7  
Tta Tta(sig)=1-to Tta(sig)=1-to Tta(sig) is applicable in both Rx+Tx mode and in Rx-only mode.
Trb Trb(sig)=to Trb(sig)=to Trb(sig) is applicable in both Rx+Tx mode and in Rx-only mode.
Tra NA NA Tra is never applicable.
Ttb NA NA Ttb is never applicable.
sig = signaled multislot class


[0104] Since the use of alternative EFTA multislot classes for allowing a higher number of uplink timeslots may not be advantageous or supported, the use of alternative EFTA multislot classes could be restricted to the support of only additional downlink timeslots, and new rules are implemented for deriving the multislot capability parameters applicable to EFTA operation.

[0105] The use of multislot classes 19-29 as alternative EFTA multislot classes only allows the support of Rx = 6 or Rx = 8 receive timeslots (see Table 3). This is restrictive for a mobile station that would be able to support a configuration of up to Rx = 7 receive timeslots, but not up to Rx = 8 receive timeslots. As such, a mobile station would only be able to signal support of Rx = 6 to the network.

[0106] FIG. 9 provides an exemplary embodiment of a method of determining the multislot capability parameters of a mobile station supporting EFTA. The method may be performed by base station 12 or other devices on the network 20 including the mobile station 10.

[0107] The process begins at block 902 with the mobile station signaling a multislot class belonging to one of classes 30-45. In this exemplary embodiment, the use of alternative EFTA multislot is restricted to the support of additional downlink timeslots (Rx parameters). As such, the Tx parameter value corresponding to the signaled multislot class always applies for EFTA and the SUM parameter value corresponding to the signaled multislot class is not applicable as indicated by block 904.

[0108] Next, block 906 indicates if the signaled multislot class belongs to one of multislot classes 30-39. If the mobile station does indicate an alternative EFTA multislot class at block 908, then the Rx, Ttb and Trb parameter values of the alternative EFTA multislot class, and Tta and Tra parameter values of the signaled multislot class apply as the multislot capability parameters (Block 910). If the mobile station does not indicate an alternative EFTA multislot class at block 908, then Rx, Tta, Tra parameter values of the signaled multislot class, and Ttb and Trb parameter values of multislot classes 19-29 apply as the multislot capability parameters (Block 912).

[0109] On the other hand, if the signaled multislot class belongs to one of multislot classes (Block 914), it is also determined if the mobile station also indicates an alternative EFTA multislot class (Block 916). If the mobile station does indicate an alternative EFTA multislot class, then the Rx and Ttb parameter values of the alternative EFTA multislot class, and Tta, Tra, and Trb parameter values of the signaled multislot class apply as the multislot capability parameters (Block 918). If the mobile station does not indicate an alternative EFTA multislot class, then Rx, Tta, Tra, and Trb parameter values of the signaled multislot class, and Ttb parameter values of multislot classes 19-29 apply as the multislot capability parameters (Block 920).

[0110] As indicated above, the existing rules for the selective applicability of the Ttb and Trb parameters is based on the signaled and alternative multislot classes capabilities (3GPP TS 45.002 Annex B.5) which may lead to inconsistent or inapplicable parameters values in certain timeslots configurations or in certain operations modes. This approach may be replaced by a new approach based on whether an alternative multislot class is indicated by the mobile station, on the assigned resources (i.e. the assigned timeslot configuration), and on the dynamic use of the allocated resources by the mobile station during a given radio block period.

[0111] FIG. 10 provides an embodiment of a method of determining the multislot capability parameters of a mobile station supporting EFTA. The method may be performed by base station 12 or other devices on the network 20 including the mobile station 10.

[0112] The process begins when the mobile station first indicates a signaled multislot class (Block 1002). Next, it is determined whether the mobile station indicates an alternative EFTA multislot class (Block 1004). If no alternative EFTA multislot class is indicated, the Rx, Tx, SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra, and Trb parameter values of the signaled multislot class apply as the multislot capability parameters (Block 1006). If an alternative EFTA multislot class is indicated, the Rx parameter value of the alternative EFTA multislot class and the Tx parameter value of the signaled EFTA multislot class apply (Block 1008). Next, still for the case when an alternative EFTA multislot class is indicated, it is determined whether the mobile station is assigned a multislot configuration comprising a number of downlink timeslots higher than the Rx value corresponding to the signaled multislot class (Block 1010), and the mobile station is not transmitting in a given radio block period (Block 1014). If both of the two conditions are met, Trb and Tra parameter values of the alternative EFTA multislot class apply and the SUM, Tta and Ttb parameters are not applicable (Block 1016). In all other conditions, SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra, and Trb parameter values of the signaled multislot class apply as the multislot capability parameters (Block 1012). The above rules of FIG. 10 for deriving the multislot capability parameters are illustrated in Table 14 below.
Table 14: Derived Multislot Capability Parameters
MS in Transmit + Receive modeMS in Receive-only mode
No alternative EFTA multislot classWith alternative EFTA multislot classNo alternative EFTA multislot class or d <= Rx(Sig)With alternative EFTA multislot class and d > Rx(Sig)
Rx(Sig) Rx(Alt) Rx(Sig) Rx(Alt)
Tx(Sig) Tx(Sig) Tx(Sig) Tx(Sig)
Sum(Sig) Sum(Sig) Sum(Sig) NA
Tta(Sig) Tta(Sig) Tta(Sig) NA
Trb(Sig) Trb(Sig) Trb(Sig) Trb(Alt)
Tra(Sig) Tra(Sig) Tra(Sig) Tra(Alt)
Ttb(Sig) Ttb(Sig) Ttb(Sig) NA
Sig = parameter value derived from the signalled multislot class
Alt = parameter value derived from the alternative EFTA multislot class


[0113] In this exemplary embodiment, the use of alternative EFTA multislot is restricted to the support of additional downlink timeslots (Rx parameters). As indicated previously, since the usage of multislot classes 19-29 as alternative EFTA multislot classes only allows for the support of Rx =6 or 8 receive timeslots, but not Rx = 7 timeslots, alternative EFTA multislot classes are redefined to expand the downlink capabilities of the mobile station correspondingly. Table 15 indicates three new alternative EFTA multislot classes, and Table 16 illustrates modified Table 10.5.146/3GPP TS 24.008. It is noted that the method of FIG. 10 applies for these newly defined alternative EFTA multislot classes as well.
Table 15: Redefined Alternative EFTA Multislot Classes
Alternative EFTA Multislot ClassRxTraTrb
Alternative EFTA Multislot Class 1 6 1 = 1 with frequency hopping
    = 0 without frequency hopping
Alternative EFTA Multislot Class 2 7 1 = 1 with frequency hopping
    = 0 without frequency hopping
Alternative EFTA Multislot Class 3 8 1 = 1 with frequency hopping
    = 0 without frequency hopping
Table 16: Example field to be included in Table 10.5.146/3GPP TS 24.008
Alternative EFTA multislot class (4 bit field)
The presence of the Alternative EFTA multislot class field indicates that the mobile station supports Enhanced Flexible Timeslot Assignment, EFTA, (see 3GPP TS 45.002 [32]). This field shall be ignored if the High Multislot Capability field is not present. The Alternative EFTA multislot class field is used together with the (DTM) EGPRS (high) multislot class to determine the mobile stations capabilities when using Enhanced Flexible Timeslot Assignment, EFTA, and is coded as follows:
Bit 
4 3 2 1  
0 0 0 0 No Alternative EFTA multislot class is indicated. Use (DTM) EGPRS (High) multislot class only.
0 0 0 1 Alternative EFTA multislot class 1
0 0 1 0 Alternative EFTA multislot class 1
0 0 1 1 Alternative EFTA multislot class 1
0 1 0 0 Alternative EFTA multislot class 1
0 1 0 1 Alternative EFTA multislot class 1
0 1 1 0 Alternative EFTA multislot class 3
0 1 1 1 Alternative EFTA multislot class 3
1 0 0 0 Alternative EFTA multislot class 3
1 0 0 1 Alternative EFTA multislot class 3
1 0 1 0 Alternative EFTA multislot class 3
1 0 1 1 Alternative EFTA multislot class 3
1 1 0 0 Alternative EFTA multislot class 2
1 1 0 1 Unused. If received, it shall be interpreted as '0000'
1 1 1 0 Unused. If received, it shall be interpreted as '0000'
1 1 1 1 Unused. If received, it shall be interpreted as '0000'


[0114] It is noted that a method of a wireless network for deriving multislot capability parameters of a mobile station transmitting and receiving data in uplink and downlink timeslots of a TDMA timeframe may comprise determining a signaled class of the mobile station, determining whether the mobile station indicates support of one of a plurality alternative classes in addition to the signaled class, and assigning Rx, Tx, SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra and Trb of the signaled class as Rx, Tx, SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra and Trb, respectively, of the mobile station when the mobile station indicates no alternative class, and wherein Rx is a maximum number of receive timeslots the mobile station can use in the TDMA timeframe, Tx is a maximum number of transmit timeslots the mobile station can use in the TDMA timeframe, SUM is a total number of uplink and downlink timeslots that can be used by the mobile station in the TDMA timeframe, Tta is time needed for the mobile station to perform measurement and get ready to transmit, Ttb is the time needed for the mobile station to get ready to transmit, Tra is the time needed for the mobile station to perform measurement and get ready to receive, and Trb is the time needed for the mobile station to get ready to receive.

[0115] When the mobile station indicates the support of the one of the plurality of alternative classes, the method includes assigning Rx and Tx of the one alternative class as Rx and Tx, respectively, of the mobile station, determining whether the mobile station is in a receive-only mode, and determining whether the mobile station is assigned a number of downlink timeslots higher than the Rx value of the signaled class.

[0116] When the mobile station is determined to be in the receive-only mode and when the assigned number of downlink timeslots is higher than the Rx value of the signaled class, the method further includes assigning Trb and Tra of the one alternative class as Trb and Tra, respectively, of the mobile station, and wherein the SUM, Tta and Ttb parameters of the mobile station are not applicable.

[0117] When the mobile station is not determined to be in the receive-only mode or when the assigned number of downlink timeslots is not higher than the RX value of the signaled class, the method further includes assigning SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra and Trb of the signaled class as SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra and Trb, respectively, of the mobile station.

[0118] The mobile station of the method above supports Enhanced Flexible Timeslot Assignment (EFTA) and the signaled class comprises one of multislot classes 30-35.

[0119] The mobile station of the method above indicates a plurality of alternative classes that includes new alternative multislot class 1 with Rx = 6, Tra = 1, and Trb = 1 with frequency hopping or Trb = 0 without frequency hopping, new alternative multislot class 2 with Rx = 7, Tra = 1, and Trb = 1 with frequency hopping or Trb = 0 without frequency hopping, and new alternative multislot class 3 with Rx = 8, Tra = 1, and Trb = 1 with frequency hopping or Trb = 0 without frequency hopping.

[0120] The mobile station of the method above indicates a plurality of alternative classes that includes alternative classes 19-29 as defined in 3GPP TS 45.002 6.4.2.2 Annex B.1.

[0121] The method above may be performed by accessing a non-transitory computer readable medium having computer-readable instructions stored thereon for execution on a network device.

[0122] The systems and methods described above may be implemented by any hardware, software or a combination of hardware and software having the above described functions. The software code, either in its entirety or a part thereof, may be stored in a computer readable memory. Further, a computer data signal representing the software code which may be embedded in a carrier wave may be transmitted via network 20. Such a computer-readable memory and a computer data signal are also within the scope of the present disclosure, as well as the hardware, software and the combination thereof.

[0123] Other embodiments will be apparent to those skilled in the art from consideration of the specification and practice of the subject matter disclosed herein.


Claims

1. A method at a mobile station (10), comprising:

indicating (1002) a signaled multislot class information of a signaled multislot class of the mobile station;

indicating, when available, an alternative multislot class information of an alternative multislot class of the mobile station;

receiving an assignment of a multislot configuration;

determining multislot capability parameters applicable during a radio block period based on at least whether the alternative multislot class information is indicated and whether the mobile station is transmitting in the radio block period, wherein the determining comprises:

determining (1004) whether the mobile device indicates the alternative multislot class information;

in response to determining that the mobile station indicates no alternative multislot class information:

determining (1006) applicable multislot capability parameters, the determined applicable multislot parameters including Rx, Tx, SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra and Trb of the signaled multislot class, wherein Rx is a maximum number of receive timeslots that the mobile station can use in a TDMA timeframe, Tx is a maximum number of transmit timeslots that the mobile station can use in the TDMA timeframe, SUM is a total number of uplink and downlink timeslots that can be used by the mobile station in the TDMA timeframe, Tta is the time needed for the mobile station to perform measurement and get ready to transmit, Ttb is the time needed for the mobile station to get ready to transmit, Tra is the time needed for the mobile station to perform measurement and get ready to receive, and Trb is the time needed for the mobile station to get ready to receive; and

in response to determining that the mobile station indicates the alternative multislot class information:

determining (1008) applicable multislot capability parameters, the determined applicable multislot capability parameters including Rx of the alternative multislot class;

determining (1014) whether the mobile station is operating in a receive-only mode, and determining (1010) whether an assigned number of downlink timeslots is higher than the Rx value of the signaled multislot class; and

in response to determining that the mobile station is operating in the receive-only mode and that the assigned number of downlink timeslots is higher than the Rx value of the signaled multislot class, determining (1016) further applicable multislot capability including Tra and Trb of the alternative multislot class for the radio block period, wherein the SUM, Tta and Ttb parameters are not applicable; and
operating the mobile station based on the assignment and on the determined applicable multislot capability parameters.


 
2. The method of claim 1, wherein in response to determining (1004) that the mobile station (10) indicates the alternative multislot class information, the determine multislot capability parameters applicable during the radio block period further comprise Tx of the signaled multislot class.
 
3. The method of claim 1, wherein in response to determining (1014) that the mobile station (10) is not operating in the receive-only mode or in response to determining (1010) that the assigned number of downlink timeslots is not higher than the Rx value of the signaled multislot class, the method comprises:
determining (1016) further applicable multislot capability parameters including SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra and Trb of the signaled multislot class.
 
4. The method of claim 1, wherein the alternative multislot class comprises one of the following classes:

alternative multislot class 1 with Rx = 6, Tra = 1, and Trb = 1 with frequency hopping or Trb = 0 without frequency hopping;

alternative multislot class 2 with Rx= 7, Tra = 1, and Trb = 1 with frequency hopping or Trb = 0 without frequency hopping; or

alternative multislot class 3 with Rx= 8, Tra = 1, and Trb = 1 with frequency hopping or Trb = 0 without frequency hopping.


 
5. A computer readable medium (106) having computer-readable instructions stored thereon for execution on a mobile station (10), the instructions causing the mobile station to perform the method of any of the preceding claims.
 
6. A mobile station (10) for operating in a wireless network (12), the mobile station comprising:
a processor (102); and
a memory (106) for storing instructions which, when executed by the processor (102), cause the mobile station (12) to perform the method of any of claims 1 to 4.
 


Ansprüche

1. Verfahren an einer Mobilstation (10), das Folgendes umfasst:

Anzeigen (1002) von signalisierten Mehrfachschlitzklasseninformationen einer signalisierten Mehrfachschlitzklasse der Mobilstation;

Anzeigen, wenn verfügbar, von alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasseninformationen einer alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasse der Mobilstation;

Empfangen einer Zuweisung einer Mehrfachschlitzkonfiguration;

Bestimmen von Mehrfachschlitzfähigkeitsparametern, die während einer Funkblockperiode anwendbar sind, basierend wenigstens darauf, ob die alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasseninformationen angezeigt werden und ob die Mobilstation in der Funkblockperiode überträgt, wobei das Bestimmen Folgendes umfasst:

Bestimmen (1004), ob die Mobilvorrichtung die alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasseninformationen anzeigt;

als Reaktion auf das Bestimmen, dass die Mobilstation keine alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasseninformationen anzeigt:

Bestimmen (1006) anwendbarer Mehrfachschlitzfähigkeitsparameter, wobei die bestimmten anwendbaren Mehrfachschlitzparameter Rx, Tx, SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra und Trb der signalisierten Mehrfachschlitzklasse einschließen, wobei Rx eine maximale Anzahl von Empfangszeitschlitzen ist, die die Mobilstation in einem TDMA-Zeitrahmen verwenden kann, Tx eine maximale Anzahl von Übertragungszeitschlitzen ist, die die Mobilstation in dem TDMA-Zeitrahmen verwenden kann, SUM eine Gesamtanzahl von Uplink- und Downlink-Zeitschlitzen ist, die durch die Mobilstation in dem TDMA-Zeitrahmen verwendet werden können, Tta die Zeit ist, die die Mobilstation benötigt, um eine Messung durchzuführen und sich vorzubereiten, um zu übertragen, Ttb die Zeit ist, die die Mobilstation benötigt, um sich vorzubereiten, um zu übertragen, Tra die Zeit ist, die die Mobilstation benötigt, um eine Messung durchzuführen und sich vorzubereiten, um zu empfangen, und Trb die Zeit ist, die die Mobilstation benötigt, um sich vorzubereiten, um zu empfangen; und

als Reaktion auf das Bestimmen, dass die Mobilstation die alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasseninformationen anzeigt:

Bestimmen (1008) anwendbarer Mehrfachschlitzfähigkeitsparameter, wobei die bestimmten anwendbaren Mehrfachschlitzfähigkeitsparameter Rx der alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasse einschließen;

Bestimmen (1014), ob die Mobilstation in einem Nur-Empfangsmodus in Betrieb ist, und Bestimmen (1010), ob eine zugewiesene Anzahl von Downlink-Zeitschlitzen höher als der Rx-Wert der signalisierten Mehrfachschlitzklasse ist; und

als Reaktion auf das Bestimmen, dass die Mobilstation in dem Nur-Empfangsmodus in Betrieb ist und dass die zugewiesene Anzahl von Downlink-Zeitschlitzen höher als der Rx-Wert der signalisierten Mehrfachschlitzklasse ist, Bestimmen (1016) weiterer anwendbarer Mehrfachschlitzfähigkeit, die Tra und Trb der alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasse für die Funkblockperiode einschließt, wobei die SUM-, Tta- und Ttb-Parameter nicht anwendbar sind; und

Betreiben der Mobilstation basierend auf der Zuweisung und den bestimmten anwendbaren Mehrfachschlitzfähigkeitsparametern.


 
2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei als Reaktion auf das Bestimmen (1004), dass die Mobilstation (10) die alternativen Mehrfachschlitzklasseninformationen anzeigt, die bestimmten Mehrfachschlitzfähigkeitsparameter, die während der Funkblockperiode anwendbar sind, ferner Tx der signalisierten Mehrfachschlitzklasse umfassen.
 
3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei als Reaktion auf das Bestimmen (1014), dass die Mobilstation (10) nicht in dem Nur-Empfangsmodus in Betrieb ist, oder als Reaktion auf das Bestimmen (1010), dass die zugewiesene Anzahl von Downlink-Zeitschlitzen nicht höher als der Rx-Wert der signalisierten Mehrfachschlitzklasse ist, das Verfahren Folgendes umfasst:
Bestimmen (1016) weiterer anwendbarer Mehrfachschlitzfähigkeitsparameter, die SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra und Trb der signalisierten Mehrfachschlitzklasse einschließen.
 
4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei die alternative Mehrfachschlitzklasse eine der folgenden Klassen umfasst:

alternative Mehrfachschlitzklasse 1 mit Rx = 6, Tra = 1 und Trb = 1 mit Frequenzsprung oder Trb = 0 ohne Frequenzsprung;

alternative Mehrfachschlitzklasse 2 mit Rx = 7, Tra = 1 und Trb = 1 mit Frequenzsprung oder Trb = 0 ohne Frequenzsprung; oder

alternative Mehrfachschlitzklasse 3 mit Rx = 8, Tra = 1 und Trb = 1 mit Frequenzsprung oder Trb = 0 ohne Frequenzsprung.


 
5. Computerlesbares Medium (106), das darauf gespeicherte computerlesbare Anweisungen für eine Ausführung auf einer Mobilstation (10) aufweist, wobei die Anweisungen die Mobilstation veranlassen, das Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche durchzuführen.
 
6. Mobilstation (10) zum Betreiben in einem Drahtlosnetzwerk (12), wobei die Mobilstation Folgendes umfasst:
einen Prozessor (102); und
einen Speicher (106) zum Speichern von Anweisungen, die, wenn sie durch den Prozessor (102) ausgeführt werden, die Mobilstation (12) veranlassen, das Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4 durchzuführen.
 


Revendications

1. Procédé, an niveau d'une station mobile (10), comprenant :

l'indication (1002) d'informations de classe à intervalles multiples signalée d'une classe à intervalles multiples signalée de la station mobile ;

l'indication, lorsqu'elle est disponible, d'informations de classe à intervalles multiples alternative d'une classe à intervalles multiples alternative de la station mobile ;

la réception d'une attribution d'une configuration à intervalles multiples ;

la détermination des paramètres de capacité à intervalles multiples applicables pendant une période de bloc radio sur la base au moins de savoir si les informations de classe à intervalles multiples alternative sont indiquées et si la station mobile émet dans la période de bloc radio, la détermination comprenant :

la détermination (1004) du fait de savoir si le dispositif mobile indique les informations de classe à intervalles multiples alternative ;

en réponse à la détermination selon laquelle la station mobile n'indique aucune informations de classe à intervalles multiples alternative :
la détermination (1006) des paramètres de capacité à intervalles multiples applicables, les paramètres à intervalles multiples applicables déterminés comportant Rx, Tx, SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra et Trb de la classe à intervalles multiples signalée, Rx étant un nombre maximal d'intervalles de temps de réception que la station mobile peut utiliser dans une période de temps TDMA, Tx étant un nombre maximal d'intervalles de temps d'émission que la station mobile peut utiliser dans la période de temps TDMA, SUM étant un nombre total d'intervalles de temps de liaison montante et de liaison descendante qui peuvent être utilisés par la station mobile dans la période de temps TDMA, Tta étant le temps nécessaire à la station mobile pour effectuer une mesure et se préparer à émettre, Ttb étant le temps nécessaire à la station mobile pour se préparer à émettre, Tra étant le temps nécessaire à la station mobile pour effectuer la mesure et se préparer à recevoir, et Trb étant le temps nécessaire à la station mobile pour se préparer à recevoir ; et

en réponse à la détermination selon laquelle la station mobile indique les informations de classe à intervalles multiples alternative :

la détermination (1008) des paramètres de capacité à intervalles multiples applicables, les paramètres de capacité à intervalles multiples applicables déterminés comportant Rx de la classe à intervalles multiples alternative ;

la détermination (1014) du fait de savoir si la station mobile fonctionne dans un mode de réception uniquement, et la détermination (1010) du fait de savoir si un nombre attribué d'intervalles de temps de liaison descendante est supérieur à la valeur Rx de la classe à intervalles multiples signalée ; et

en réponse à la détermination selon laquelle la station mobile fonctionne dans le mode de réception uniquement et selon laquelle le nombre attribué d'intervalles de temps de liaison descendante est supérieur à la valeur Rx de la classe à intervalles multiples signalée, la détermination (1016) de la capacité à intervalles multiples applicable supplémentaire comportant Tra et Trb de la classe à intervalles multiples alternative pour la période de bloc radio, les paramètres SUM, Tta et Ttb n'étant pas applicables ; et
le fonctionnement de la station mobile sur la base de l'attribution et des paramètres de capacité à intervalles multiples applicables déterminés.


 
2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, en réponse à la détermination (1004) selon laquelle la station mobile (10) indique les informations de classe à intervalles multiples alternative, les paramètres de capacité à intervalles multiples applicables déterminés pendant la période de bloc radio comprenant en outre Tx de la classe à intervalles multiples signalée.
 
3. Procédé selon la revendication 1, en réponse à la détermination (1014) selon laquelle la station mobile (10) ne fonctionne pas dans le mode de réception uniquement ou en réponse à la détermination (1010) selon laquelle le nombre attribué d'intervalles de temps de liaison descendante n'est pas plus élevé que la valeur Rx de la classe à intervalles multiples signalée, le procédé comprenant :
la détermination (1016) de paramètres de capacité à intervalles multiples applicables supplémentaires comportant SUM, Tta, Ttb, Tra et Trb de la classe à intervalles multiples signalée.
 
4. Procédé selon la revendication 1, la classe à intervalles multiples alternative comprenant l'une des classes suivantes :

classe 1 à intervalles multiples alternative avec Rx = 6, Tra = 1 et Trb = 1 avec saut de fréquence ou Trb = 0 sans saut de fréquence ;

classe 2 à intervalles multiples alternative avec Rx = 7, Tra = 1 et Trb = 1 avec saut de fréquence ou Trb = 0 sans saut de fréquence ; ou

classe 3 à intervalles multiples alternative avec Rx = 8, Tra = 1 et Trb = 1 avec saut de fréquence ou Trb = 0 sans saut de fréquence.


 
5. Support lisible par ordinateur (106) sur lequel sont stockées des instructions lisibles par ordinateur pour exécution sur une station mobile (10), les instructions amenant la station mobile à effectuer le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes.
 
6. Station mobile (10) destinée à fonctionner dans un réseau sans fil (12), la station mobile comprenant :
un processeur (102) ; et
une mémoire (106) pour stocker des instructions qui, lorsqu'elles sont exécutées par le processeur (102), amènent la station mobile (12) à effectuer le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4.
 




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