(19)
(11)EP 3 654 700 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
20.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/21

(21)Application number: 19192641.9

(22)Date of filing:  16.06.2011
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H04W 48/16  (2009.01)
H04W 84/04  (2009.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
11867688.1 / 2723119

(71)Applicant: Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Guangdong 518129 (CN)

(72)Inventor:
  • LIU, Yi
    Guangdong, 518129 (CN)

(74)Representative: Isarpatent 
Patent- und Rechtsanwälte Behnisch Barth Charles Hassa Peckmann & Partner mbB Friedrichstrasse 31
80801 München
80801 München (DE)

 
Remarks:
This application was filed on 20.08.2019 as a divisional application to the application mentioned under INID code 62.
Remarks:
Claims filed after the date of filing of the application / after the date of receipt of the divisional application (Rule 68(4) EPC)
 


(54)ECGI TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING DEVICES


(57) A transmitting and a receiving method and a device are provided in the present invention. The method includes: determining, by a terminal, a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell; and transmitting, by the terminal, information indicating the base station type to a network device, so that the network device determines the base station type according to the information indicating the base station type. According to embodiments of the present invention, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized




Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present invention relates to mobile communication technologies and, in particular, to a transmitting and a receiving method and a device.

BACKGROUND



[0002] Characteristics of a self-organization network (Self-Organization Network, SON) include an automatic neighbor relation (Automatic Neighbor Relation, ANR) function. According to the ANR function, automatic discovery of unknown cells and switching problem between cells with conflict physical cell identity (Physical Cell Identity, PCI) are realized, mainly through reporting, by a user equipment, (User Equipment, UE) a cell global identity (Cell Global Identity, CGI) after reading a system message of a neighbor cell. Reporting an eNB identity (eNB ID) by the UE is required in both an ANR switching and solving the PCI conflict.

[0003] Taking the ANR switching in a long term evolution (Long Term Evolution, LTE) system as an example, the cell global identity is an evolved universal terrestrial radio access network cell global identity (Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network CGU, ECGI). In this case, the UE reports the ECGI to the network side, where the ECGI includes the eNB ID.

[0004] Currently, the LTE defines base stations (eNodeBs, eNBs) in two types: macro (macro) base station and home (Home) base station, where, an eNB ID of a macro base station occupies first 20 bits (bit) of an ECGI while last 8 bits of the ECGI serve as cell ID (Cell ID); an eNB ID of a home base station occupies integral 28 bits of an ECGI.

[0005] In current solutions, a base station controlling a neighbor cell which has been newly discovered during the ANR is treated as a macro base station as default. However, it is possible that the base station controlling a newly discovered neighbor cell is a home base station. In this case, if such base station is treated as the macro base station, an error regarding the identification of the eNB ID occurs undoubtedly. Therefore, this manner can not ensure that the base station type is identified accurately or the base station identification is acquired accurately.

SUMMARY



[0006] The present invention provides a transmitting and receiving method and a device, according to which the base station type or the base station identity can be identified accurately.

[0007] An embodiment of the present invention provides a transmitting method, including:

determining, by a terminal, a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell;

transmitting, by the terminal, information indicating the base station type to a network device, so that the network device determines the base station type according to the information indicating the base station type.



[0008] Another embodiment of the present invention provides a receiving method, including:

receiving, by a network device, information indicating a base station type of a base station controlling a first cell transmitted by a terminal, wherein the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

determining, by the network device, the base station type of the first cell according to the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell.



[0009] Another embodiment of the present invention provides a transmitting method, including:

determining, by a terminal, a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell;

transmitting, by the terminal, the base station identity to a network device, where the base station identity is carried in a cell global identity, and where, bits of the cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of the base station controlling the first cell are the same as bits of a cell global identity occupied by a base station identity corresponding to a base station type of a base station controlling a second cell, the base station type of the base station controlling the second cell is different from the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, and both the first cell and the second cell are neighboring cells of a serving cell of the terminal.



[0010] Another embodiment of the present invention provides a receiving method, including:

receiving, by a network device, a cell global identity transmitted by a terminal, where the cell global identity carries a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell, and the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

reading, by the network device, bits of predetermined length from the cell global identity, and determining the read bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.



[0011] Another embodiment of the present invention provides a transmitting device, including:

a processor, configured to determine a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell;

a transmitter, configured to transmit information indicating the base station type determined by the processor to a network device, so that the network device determines the base station type according to the information indicating the base station type determined by the processor.



[0012] Another embodiment of the present invention provides a receiving device, including:

a receiver, configured to receive information indicating a base station type of a base station controlling a first cell transmitted by a terminal, where the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

a processor, configured to determine the base station type of the first cell according to the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell received by the receiver.



[0013] Another embodiment of the present invention provides a transmitting device, including:

a processor, configured to determine a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell;

a transmitter, configured to transmit the base station identity to a network device, where the base station identity is carried in a cell global identity, and where, bits of the cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of the base station controlling the first cell are the same as bits of a cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of a base station controlling a second cell is different from the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, and both the first cell and the second cell are neighboring cells of a serving cell of the terminal.



[0014] Another embodiment of the present invention provides a receiving device, including:

a receiver, configured to receive a cell global identity transmitted by a terminal, where the cell global identity carries a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell, and the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

a processor, configured to read bits of predetermined length from the cell global identity, and determine the read bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.



[0015] According to embodiments of the present invention, the terminal transmits information indicating the base station type to the network device, therefore, the network side is enabled to determine the base station type and, thus, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized; or, the terminal transmits the base station type to the network device, where different base station types occupy the same bits of the base station identity, therefore, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS



[0016] In order to make the technical solutions of embodiments of the present invention more clearly, the accompanying drawings used in the description of embodiments of the present invention are briefly described hereunder. Obviously, the described drawings are merely some embodiments of present invention. For persons skilled in the art, other drawings may be obtained based on these drawings without any creative work.

FIG. 1 is a schematic flow chart of a transmitting method according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a schematic flow chart of a transmitting method according to another embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a schematic flow chart of a transmitting method according to another embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a schematic flow chart of a transmitting method according to another embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a schematic flow chart of a receiving method according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a schematic flow chart of a receiving method according to another embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a schematic structural diagram of a transmitting device according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a schematic structural diagram of a transmitting device according to another embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a schematic structural diagram of a receiving device according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 10 is a schematic structural diagram of a receiving device according to another embodiment of the present invention.


DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS



[0017] In order to make the objectives, technical solutions, and advantages of embodiments of the present invention more clearly, the technical solutions in embodiments of the present invention are hereinafter described clearly and completely with reference to the accompanying drawings in embodiments of the present invention. Obviously, the described embodiments are only a part of embodiments of the present invention, rather than all embodiments of the present invention. All other embodiments obtained by persons of ordinary skill in the art based on embodiments of the present invention without any creative efforts shall fall within the protection scope of the present invention.

[0018] FIG. 1 is a schematic flow chart of a transmitting method according to an embodiment of the present invention. The transmitting method includes:

Step 11: determining, by a terminal, a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell;

Where, the neighboring cell of the serving cell may be a neighboring cell of the serving cell discovered during an automatic neighbor relation detecting. For example, in a SON network, a UE may detect other neighboring cells excluded from the neighboring cell list through the ANR process, that is, the neighboring cell automatically discovered is detected. The UE may report the base station identity of the neighboring cell automatically discovered to a network side. At this time, the above neighboring cell of the serving cell may be the neighboring cell automatically discovered in particular.



[0019] The base station type corresponding to the neighboring cell of the serving cell may be a macro base station, or may be a home base station. It can be determined that whether the neighboring cell of the serving cell is a macro base station or a home base station through an automatic neighbor relation detection.

[0020] Step 12: transmitting, by the terminal, information indicating the base station type to a network device, so that the network device determines the base station type according to the information indicating the base station type.

[0021] For example, the information indicating the base station type is a PCI, and the terminal transmits the PCI of the neighboring cell to the network device; where, the PCI is allocated to the neighboring cell by the terminal, and belongs to a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and does not belong to at least one PCI group not corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighbor cell.

[0022] For another example, the information indicating the base station type is a base station type carried in a cell global identity, and the terminal transmits a cell global identity of the neighboring cell to the network device, where the cell global identity carries the base station type of the neighboring cell.

[0023] According to this embodiment of the present invention, the terminal transmits information indicating the base station type to the network device, therefore, the network side is enabled to determine the base station type and, thus, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0024] FIG. 2 is a schematic flow chart of a transmitting method according to another embodiment of the present invention. The method includes:

Step 21: determining, by a terminal, a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell;

For example, reference may be made to the description about Step 11.



[0025] Step 22: selecting, by the terminal, a PCI from the PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and allocating the PCI to the neighboring cell; where, the PCI corresponding to the neighboring cell belongs to the PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and does not belong to at least one PCI group not corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell.

[0026] For example, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a macro base station, and at least one base station type does not correspond to the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station; or, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station, and at least one base station type does not correspond to the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a macro base station.

[0027] Specifically, when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is the macro base station, the PCI is any value from 0 to 412; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is the home base station, the PCI is any value from 413 to 511.

[0028] Specifically, in this embodiment, all the PCIs which are available for allocation may be divided into at least two groups, each group corresponds to different base station types, and then, a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell of the serving cell is allocated to the neighboring cell of the serving cell.

[0029] For example, the number of PCIs which are available to be allocated is 512, and the number of PCI groups is two, where one PCI group corresponds to the macro base station and the other PCI group corresponds to the home base station and, where, the PCI in the PCI group corresponding to the macro base station ranges from 0 to 412, and the PCI in the PCI group corresponding to the home base station ranges from 413 to 511. Thereby, if the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a macro base station, the PCI allocated to the neighboring cell is within the range of 0-412; if the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station, the PCI allocated to the neighboring cell is within the range of 413-511.

[0030] It should be understand that the UE may obtain the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell through the ANR process.

[0031] Additionally, the UE may allocate different PCIs to different neighboring cells. For example, the base station type of both a first neighboring cell and a second neighboring cell is a macro base station, the PCI allocated to the first neighboring cell may be 0, and the PCI allocated to the second neighboring cell may be 1, so as to ensure the PCIs of each cell do not conflict.

[0032] Furthermore, the allocated PCI may be represented by a primary synchronization sequence and a secondary synchronization sequence. For example, the secondary synchronization sequence has 168 groups, where each group includes 3 cells, and each cell is represented by the primary synchronization sequence. Certainly, this example may represent 168×3=504 PCIs, besides, the primary synchronization sequence and /or the secondary synchronization sequence may be extended to represent the foregoing 512 PCIs, e.g., the secondary synchronization sequence is divided into 171 groups to represent 512 PCIs. It should be understand that when the number of PCIs to be represented varies, other extension solutions may be adopted.

[0033] Step 23: transmitting, by the terminal, a PCI of the neighboring cell to a network device, so that the network device determines the base station type according to the information indicating the base station type.

[0034] For example, the network side may be an evolved base station (eNodeB, eNB).

[0035] Corresponding to the UE side, the eNB may configure the corresponding relationship between a PCI group and a base station type, and then determine the base station type according to the PCI group to which the received PCI belongs. For example, if a PCI received by an eNB is 1, which belongs to a PCI group ranging from 0 to 412, since the base station type corresponding to the PCI group ranging from 0 to 412 is a macro base station, it may be determined that the base station type is a macro base station.

[0036] Further, the base station may determine a base station identity according to the base station type. For example, a UE transmits the base station identity carried in a 28-bits ECGI to an eNB, after the eNB receives the ECGI, the eNB acquires the base station identity from the ECGI according to the base station type since the base station type has been determined. For example, when the base station type is a macro base station, first 20 bits of the cell global identity are the base station identity; when the base station type is a home base station, 28 bits of the cell global identity are the base station identity.

[0037] According to this embodiment of the present invention, different base station types correspond to different PCI groups, therefore, the network side may determine an base station type according to a PCI and, thus, recognize the base station type accurately.

[0038] FIG. 3 is a schematic flow chart of a transmitting method according to another embodiment of the present invention. The method includes:

Step 31: determining, by a terminal, a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell;

For example, reference may be made to the description about Step 11.



[0039] Step 32: transmitting, by the terminal, a cell global identity of the neighboring cell to the network device, where the cell global identity carries the base station type of the neighboring cell, so that the network device determines the base station type of the neighboring cell according to the base station type carried in the cell global identity.

[0040] For example, the cell global identity occupies 32 bits, and the base station type occupies first 4 bits of the cell global identity.

[0041] Further, the cell global identity may also carry a base station identity. For example, the cell global identity is an ECGI. Compared with the existing ECGI, in the ECGI according to this embodiment, bits used for identifying the base station type are needed to be added. Assuming that the number of bits used for identifying the eNB type is 4, the ECGI according to this embodiment occupies 32 bits. When the base station type of the base station controlling the neighbor cell is a macro base station, the base station identity occupies first 20 bits following the base station type of the cell global identity; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station, the base station identity occupies first 28 bits following the base station type of the cell global identity.

[0042] After receiving the ECGI, the eNB may determine the base station type according to the bits used for identifying the base station type firstly.

[0043] Specifically, in existing solutions, the EGCI of the macro base station occupies 28 bits, which includes a base station identity (eNB Id) and a cell identity (Cell Id), that is, for the macro base station, the EGCI occupies 28 bits=eNB Id (20 bits) +Cell Id (8 bits). For the home base station, the EGCI occupies 28 bits, which merely includes a base station identity (eNB Id), instead of including a cell identity (Cell Id), that is, as for the home base station, the EGCI occupies 28 bits=eNB Id (28 bits).

[0044] In this embodiment, the EGCI may occupy 32 bits, compared with the existing solutions, 4 bits used for identifying the base station type (eNB Type) are added. In particular, for the macro base station, the EGCI occupies 32 bits=eNB Type (4 bits) +eNB Id (20 bits) +Cell Id (8 bits); for the home base station, the EGCI occupies 32 bits=eNB Type (4 bits) +eNB Id (28 bits).

[0045] The eNB Type (eNB Type) may be represented as follow: for example, "0" is used to represent the macro base station, "1" is used to represents the home base station, and the remainning 3 bits may be retained. The eNB may extract first 4 bits from the EGCI, if the first 4 bits are 0, it is determined that the base station type is a marcro base station, and if the first 4 bits are 1, it is determined that the base station type is a home base station.

[0046] Further, a network device may acquire a base station identity from an ECGI according to the base station type, for example, when the base station type is a macro base station, the network device read the base station identity from first 20 bits following 4-bits base station type of the EGCI; when the eNB type is a home base station, the network device read the base station identity from first 28 bits following 4-bits base station type of the EGCI.

[0047] In this embodiment, through an extension of the cell global identity, a base station type may be carried in the cell global identity, therefore, the network side is enabled to determine the base station type and, thus, an accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0048] FIG. 4 is a schematic flow chart of a transmitting method according to another embodiment of the present invention. The method includes:
Step 41: determining, by a terminal, a base station type of a base station controlling a first cell.

[0049] For example, reference may be made to the related description about Step 11.

[0050] Step 42: transmitting, by the terminal, the base station identity to a network device, wherein the base station identity is carried in a cell global identity, and wherein, bits of the cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of the base station controlling the first cell are the same as bits of a cell global identity occupied by a base station identity corresponding to a base station type of a base station controlling a second cell, the base station type of the base station controlling the second cell is different from the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, and both the first cell and the second cell are neighboring cells of a serving cell of the terminal.

[0051] For example, the bits refer to first 20 bits.

[0052] Further, when the base station type is a home base station, last 8 bits of the cell global identity are all 1.

[0053] Specifically, the cell global identity may be an EGCI. In the prior art, the base station identity of a macro base station occupies first 20 bits of the EGCI, the base station identity of a home base station occupies the integral 28 bits of the ECGI.

[0054] In this embodiment, no matter the base station identity is a base station identity of a macro base station or a base station identity of a home base station, the same bits of an EGCI are occupied, e.g., the first 20 bits of the EGCI are occupied. In At this time, no matter which base station type the base station identity is, the network device extracts the first 20 bits from the EGCI as the base station identity.

[0055] Further, since the base station identity of the home base station only occupies first 20 bits of the EGCI, compared with the existing solutions, 8 bits of the EGCI are remained, and the remained 8 bits may be filled with a preset value, e.g., all of the remained 8 bits are filled with 1.

[0056] According to this embodiment of the present invention, the terminal transmits the base station type to the network device, where different base station types occupy the same bits of the base station identity, therefore, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0057] The above three embodiments are processes described based on a terminal side, as for a network side, the following processes may be provided.

[0058] FIG. 5 is a schematic flow chart of a receiving method according to an embodiment of the present invention. The method includes:

Step 51: receiving, by a network device, information indicating a base station type of a base station controlling a first cell transmitted by a terminal, where the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

Step 52: determining, by the network device, the base station type of the first cell according to the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell.



[0059] For example, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a PCI, where, the PCI belongs to a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, thereby the network device determines the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell according to the PCI group to which the PCI belongs.

[0060] Specifically, a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to a macro base station ranges from 0 to 412, and the determining, by the network device, the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell according to the PCI group to which the PCI belongs comprises: if the PCI is within the range of 0-412, determining, by the network device, that the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is the macro base station; or, a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to a home base station ranges from 413 to 511, and the determining, by the network device, the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell according to the PCI group to which the PCI belongs comprises: if the PCI is within the range of 413-511, determining, by the network device, that the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is the home base station.

[0061] At this time, the method may further include: acquiring, by the network device, a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type. Specifically, the method may include: receiving, by the network device, the cell global identity of the first cell transmitted by the terminal, where the cell global identity carries the base station identity; and when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station, reading, by the network device, first 20 bits of the received cell global identity, where the first 20 bits are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell; or, when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a home base station, reading, by the network device, first 28 bits of the received cell global identity of the cell, wherein the first 28 bits are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

[0062] For another example, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a base station type carried in a cell global identity, thereby a network device determines the base station type of the neighboring cell from the cell global identity. For example, the cell global identity occupies 32 bits, and the base station type occupies first 4 bits of the cell global identity.

[0063] In this case, the above Step 51 may specifically include: receiving, by the network device, the cell global identity of the first cell transmitted by the terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station type and the base station identity; the method of this embodiment may further include: acquiring, by the network device, a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type. Specifically, when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station, reading, by the network device, first 20 bits following the base station type of the received cell global identity, where the first 20 bits following the base station type are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell; or, when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a home base station, reading, by the network device, first 28 bits following the base station type of the received cell global identity, where the first 28 bits following the base station type are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

[0064] According to this embodiment of the present invention, the terminal transmits information indicating the base station type to the network device, therefore, the network side is enabled to determine the base station type and, thus, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0065] FIG. 6 is a schematic flow chart of a receiving method according to another embodiment of the present invention. The method includes:

Step 61: receiving, by a network device, a cell global identity transmitted by a terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell, and the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

Step 62: reading, by the network device, bits of predetermined length from the cell global identity, and determining the read bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.



[0066] For example, when the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station or a home base station, reading, by the network device, first 20 bits of the cell global identity, and determining the first 20 bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

[0067] According to this embodiment of the present invention, the terminal transmits the base station type to the network device, where different base station types occupy the same bits of the base station identity, therefore, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0068] FIG. 7 is a schematic structural diagram of a transmitting device according to an embodiment of the present invention, where the device may be a device which executes any one of the transmitting methods according to the above Fig. 1 to Fig. 3, the transmitting device includes a processor 71 and a transmitter 72; the processor 71 is configured to determine a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell; the transmitter 72 is configured to transmit information indicating the base station type determined by the processor to a network device, so that the network device determines the base station type according to the information indicating the base station type determined by the processor.

[0069] For example, the information indicating the base station type is PCI, the transmitter is specifically configured to: transmit a PCI of the neighboring cell to the network device; where, the PCI is allocated to the neighboring cell by the terminal, and belongs to a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and does not belong to at least one PCI group not corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell.

[0070] The device may further include: a selector, configured to select a PCI from the PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and allocate the PCI to the neighboring cell; the transmitter 72 is specifically configured to transmit the PCI allocated by the selector to the network device.

[0071] Specifically, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the processor is a macro base station, and at least one base station type does not correspond to the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station; or, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station, and at least one base station type does not correspond to the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a macro base station.

[0072] Further, when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the processor is the macro base station, the PCI selected by the selector is any value from 0 to 412; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the processor is the home base station, the PCI selected by the selector is any value from 413 to 511.

[0073] For another example, the information indicating the base station type is a base station type carried in a cell global identity, and the transmitter 72 is specifically configured to: transmit a cell global identity of the neighboring cell to the network device, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station type of the neighboring cell.

[0074] Specifically, the cell global identity transmitted by the transmitter 72 occupies 32 bits, the base station type occupies first 4 bits of the cell global identity.

[0075] Further, the cell global identity transmitted by the transmitter also carries a base station identity of the neighboring cell; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the processor is the macro base station, the base station identity transmitted by the transmitter occupies first 20 bits following the base station type of the cell global identity; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the process is the home base station, the base station identity transmitted by the transmitter occupies first 28 bits following the base station type of the cell global identity.

[0076] The above processor 71 may be further configured to take a neighboring cell of a serving cell discovered during an automatic neighbor relation detection as the neighboring cell of the serving cell.

[0077] According to this embodiment of the present invention, the terminal transmits information indicating the base station type to the network device, therefore, the network side is enabled to determine the base station type and, thus, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0078] FIG. 8 is a schematic structural diagram of a transmitting device according to another embodiment of the present invention, the device may be a device which executes the transmitting method according to the above Fig. 4, and the transmitting device includes a processor 81 and a transmitter 82; the processor 81 is configured to determine a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell; the transmitter 82 is configured to transmit the base station identity to a network device, where the base station identity is carried in a cell global identity, bits of the cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of the base station controlling the first cell are the same as bits of a cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of a base station controlling a second cell is different from the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, and both the first cell and the second cell are neighboring cells of a serving cell of the terminal.

[0079] It may be that, in the cell global identity transmitted by the transmitter 82, bits occupied by the base station identity are first 20 bits.

[0080] Further, when the base station type is a home base station, last 8 bits of the cell global identity which is transmitted by the transmitter 82 are all 1.

[0081] According to this embodiment of the present invention, the terminal transmits the base station type to the network device, where different base station types occupy the same bits of the base station identity, therefore, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0082] FIG. 9 is a schematic structural diagram of a receiving device according to an embodiment of the present invention, the device may be a device executing the above Fig. 5, the receiving device includes a receiver 91 and a processor 92; the receiver 91 is configured to receive information indicating a base station type of a base station controlling a first cell transmitted by a terminal, wherein the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal; the processor 92 is configured to determine the base station type of the first cell according to the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell received by the receiver.

[0083] It may be that, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a PCI, and the PCI belongs to a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, the processor 92 is specifically configured to: determine the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell according to the PCI group to which the PCI belongs.

[0084] Specifically, a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to a macro base station ranges from 0 to 412, and the processor is specifically configured to: if the PCI is within the range of 0-412, determine that the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is the macro base station; or, a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to a home base station ranges from 413-511, and the processor is specifically configured to: if the PCI is within the range of 413-511, determine that the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is the home base station.

[0085] In this case, in further, the device may also include: a first recognizer, configured to acquire a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type.

[0086] Specifically, the first identifier is specifically configured to: receive the cell global identity of the first cell transmitted by the terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station identity; when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station, read first 20 bits of the received cell global identity, wherein the first 20 bits are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell; or, when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a home base station, read first 28 bits of the received cell global identity of the cell, wherein the first 28 bits are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

[0087] It may also be that, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell received by the receiver 91 is a base station type carried in a cell global identity.

[0088] For example, the cell global identity received by the receiver 91 occupies 32 bits, and the base station type occupies first 4 bits of the cell global identity.

[0089] In this case, in further, the device may also include: a second recognizer, configured to acquire a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type.

[0090] Specifically, the receiver is specifically configured to: receive the cell global identity of the first cell transmitted by the terminal, where the cell global identity carries the base station type and the base station identity; the second recognizer is specifically configured to: when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station, read first 20 bits following the base station type of the received cell global identity, where the first 20 bits following the base station type are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell; or, when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a home base station, read first 28 bits following the base station type of the received cell global identity, where the first 28 bits following the base station type are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

[0091] According to this embodiment of the present invention, the terminal transmits information indicating the base station type to the network device, therefore, the network side is enabled to determine the base station type and, thus, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0092] FIG. 10 is a schematic structural diagram of a receiving device according to another embodiment of the present invention, the device may be a device executing the method of the above Fig. 6, the receiving device includes a receiver 101 and a processor 102; the receiver 101 is configured to receive a cell global identity transmitted by a terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell, and the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal; the processor 102 is configured to read bits of predetermined length from the cell global identity, and determining the read bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

[0093] It may be that, the processor 102 is specifically configured to: when the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station or a home base station, read first 20 bits of the cell global identity, and determining the first 20 bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

[0094] According to this embodiment of the present invention, the terminal transmits the base station type to the network device, where different base station types occupy the same bits of the base station identity, therefore, the accurate recognization of the base station type is realized.

[0095] Persons skilled in the art can understand that all or a part of the steps of the methods according to embodiments of the present invention may be implemented by a program instructing relevant hardware, where, the program may be stored in a computer readable storage medium. When the program runs, the steps of the methods according to the foregoing embodiments are performed; the storage medium described above includes: the media of a read-only memory (Read-Only Memory, ROM), a random access memory (Random Access Memory, RAM), a disk, or a CD, and the like, which may store a program code.

[0096] Further embodiments of the present invention are provided in the following. It should be noted that the numbering used in the following section does not necessarily need to comply with the numbering used in the previous sections.

Embodiment 1. A transmitting method, comprising:

determining, by a terminal, a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell;

transmitting, by the terminal, information indicating the base station type to a network device, so that the network device determines the base station type according to the information indicating the base station type.

Embodiment 2. The method according to embodiment 1, wherein, the information indicating the base station type is a PCI, and the transmitting, by the terminal, the information indicating the base station type to the network device comprises:
transmitting, by the terminal, a PCI of the neighboring cell to the network device; wherein, the PCI is allocated to the neighboring cell by the terminal, and belongs to a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and does not belong to at least one PCI group not corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell.

Embodiment 3. The method according to embodiment 2, wherein, after the determining, by the terminal, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell of the serving cell, and before the transmitting, by the terminal, the PCI of the neighboring cell to the network device, the method further comprises:
selecting, by the terminal, a PCI from the PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and allocating the PCI to the neighboring cell.

Embodiment 4. The method according to embodiment 2 or embodiment 3, wherein, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a macro base station, and at least one base station type does not correspond to the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station; or, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station, and at least one base station type does not correspond to the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a macro base station.

Embodiment 5. The method according to any one of embodiments 2 to 4, wherein, when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is the macro base station, the PCI is any value from 0 to 412; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is the home base station, the PCI is any value from 413 to 511.

Embodiment 6. The method according to embodiment 1, wherein, the information indicating the base station type is a base station type carried in a cell global identity, and the transmitting, by the terminal, the information indicating the base station type to the network device comprises:
transmitting, by the terminal, a cell global identity of the neighboring cell to the network device, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station type of the neighboring cell.

Embodiment 7. The method according to embodiment 6, wherein, the cell global identity occupies 32 bits, the base station type occupies first 4 bits of the cell global identity.

Embodiment 8. The method according to embodiment 6 or embodiment 7, wherein, the cell global identity also carries a base station identity of the neighboring cell; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell to is the macro base station, the base station identity occupies first 20 bits following the base station type of the cell global identity; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is the home base station, the base station identity occupies first 28 bits following the base station type of the cell global identity.

Embodiment 9. The method according to any one of embodiments 1 to 8, wherein, the neighboring cell of the serving cell comprises: a neighboring cell of the serving cell discovered during an automatic neighbor relation detection.

Embodiment 10. A receiving method, comprising:

receiving, by a network device, information indicating a base station type of a base station controlling a first cell transmitted by a terminal, wherein the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

determining, by the network device, the base station type of the first cell according to the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell.

Embodiment 11. The method according to embodiment 10, wherein, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a PCI, and the PCI belongs to a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, and the determining, by the network device, the base station type of the first cell according to the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell comprises:
determining, by the network device, the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell according to the PCI group to which the PCI belongs.

Embodiment 12. The method according to embodiment 11, wherein,
a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to a macro base station ranges from 0 to 412, and the determining, by the network device, the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell according to the PCI group to which the PCI belongs comprises: if the PCI is within the range of 0-412, determining, by the network device, that the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is the macro base station; or,
a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to a home base station ranges from 413 to 511, and the determining, by the network device, the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell according to the PCI group to which the PCI belongs comprises: if the PCI is within the range of 413∼511, determining, by the network device, that the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is the home base station.

Embodiment 13. The method according to embodiment 10, wherein, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a base station type carried in a cell global identity.

Embodiment 14. The method according to embodiment 13, wherein, the cell global identity occupies 32 bits, and the base station type occupies first 4 bits of the cell global identity.

Embodiment 15. The method according to any one of embodiments 10 to 12, wherein, after determining the base station type of the first cell, further comprising,
acquiring, by the network device, a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type.

Embodiment 16. The method according to embodiment 15, wherein, the acquiring, by the network device, the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from the received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type comprises:

receiving, by the network device, the cell global identity of the first cell transmitted by the terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station identity; and

when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station, reading, by the network device, first 20 bits of the received cell global identity, wherein the first 20 bits are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell; or, when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a home base station, reading, by the network device, first 28 bits of the received cell global identity of the cell, wherein the first 28 bits are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

Embodiment 17. The method according to embodiments 10, 13, or 14, wherein, after determining the base station type of the first cell, further comprising,
acquiring, by the network device, a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type.

Embodiment 18. The method according to embodiment 17, wherein, the receiving, by the network device, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell transmitted by the terminal, comprises: receiving, by the network device, the cell global identity of the first cell transmitted by the terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station type and the base station identity; and
the acquiring, by the network device, a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type, comprises:

when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station, reading, by the network device, first 20 bits following the base station type of the received cell global identity, wherein the first 20 bits following the base station type are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell; or,

when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a home base station, reading, by the network device, first 28 bits following the base station type of the received cell global identity, wherein the first 28 bits following the base station type are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

Embodiment 19. A transmitting method, comprising:

determining, by a terminal, a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell;

transmitting, by the terminal, the base station identity to a network device, wherein the base station identity is carried in a cell global identity, and wherein, bits of the cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of the base station controlling the first cell are the same as bits of a cell global identity occupied by a base station identity corresponding to a base station type of a base station controlling a second cell, the base station type of the base station controlling the second cell is different from the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, and both the first cell and the second cell are neighboring cells of a serving cell of the terminal.

Embodiment 20. The method according to embodiment 19, wherein, the bits refer to first 20 bits.

Embodiment 21. The method according to embodiment 19 or 20, wherein, when the base station type is a home base station, last 8 bits of the cell global identity are all 1.

Embodiment 22. A receiving method, comprising:

receiving, by a network device, a cell global identity transmitted by a terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell, and the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

reading, by the network device, bits of predetermined length from the cell global identity, and determining the read bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

Embodiment 23. The method according to embodiment 22, wherein, the reading, by the network device, bits of predetermined length from the cell global identity, and determining the read bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell, comprises:
when the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station or a home base station, reading, by the network device, first 20 bits of the cell global identity, and determining the first 20 bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

Embodiment 24. A transmitting device, comprising:

a processor, configured to determine a base station type of a base station controlling a neighboring cell of a serving cell;

a transmitter, configured to transmit information indicating the base station type determined by the processor to a network device, so that the network device determines the base station type according to the information indicating the base station type determined by the processor.

Embodiment 25. The device according to embodiment 24, wherein, the information indicating the base station type is PCI, the transmitter is specifically configured to: transmit a PCI of the neighboring cell to the network device; wherein, the PCI is allocated to the neighboring cell by the terminal, and belongs to a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and does not belong to at least one PCI group not corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell.

Embodiment 26. The device according to embodiment 25, further comprising:

a selector, configured to select a PCI from the PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell, and allocate the PCI to the neighboring cell;

the transmitter is specifically configured to transmit the PCI allocated by the selector to the network device.

Embodiment 27. The device according to embodiment 25 or embodiment 26, wherein, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the processor is a macro base station, and at least one base station type does not correspond to the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station; or, the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a home base station, and at least one base station type does not correspond to the base station controlling the neighboring cell is a macro base station.

Embodiment 28. The device according to embodiment 26 or embodiment 27, wherein, when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the processor is the macro base station, the PCI selected by the selector is any value from 0 to 412; when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the processor is the home base station, the PCI selected by the selector is any value from 413 to 511.

Embodiment 29. The device according to embodiment 24, wherein, the information indicating the base station type is a base station type carried in a cell global identity, and the transmitter is specifically configured to: transmit a cell global identity of the neighboring cell to the network device, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station type of the neighboring cell.

Embodiment 30. The device according to embodiment 29, wherein, the cell global identity transmitted by the transmitter occupies 32 bits, the base station type occupies first 4 bits of the cell global identity.

Embodiment 31. The device according to embodiment 29 or embodiment 30, wherein,
the cell global identity transmitted by the transmitter also carries a base station identity of the neighboring cell;
when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the processor is the macro base station, the base station identity transmitted by the transmitter occupies first 20 bits following the base station type of the cell global identity;
when the base station type of the base station controlling the neighboring cell determined by the process is the home base station, the base station identity transmitted by the transmitter occupies first 28 bits following the base station type of the cell global identity.

Embodiment 32. The device according to any one of embodiments 24 to 31, wherein, the processor is further configured to take a neighboring cell of a serving cell discovered during an automatic neighbor relation detection as the neighboring cell of the serving cell.

Embodiment 33. A receiving device, comprising:

a receiver, configured to receive information indicating a base station type of a base station controlling a first cell transmitted by a terminal, wherein the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

a processor, configured to determine the base station type of the first cell according to the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell received by the receiver.

Embodiment 34. The device according to embodiment 33, wherein, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a PCI, and the PCI belongs to a PCI group corresponding to the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, the processor is specifically configured to: determine the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell according to the PCI group to which the PCI belongs.

Embodiment 35. The device according to embodiment 34, wherein,
a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to a macro base station ranges from 0 to 412, and the processor is specifically configured to: if the PCI is within the range of 0-412, determine that the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is the macro base station; or,
a PCI in a PCI group corresponding to a home base station ranges from 413-511, and the processor is specifically configured to: if the PCI is within the range of 413-511, determine that the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is the home base station.

Embodiment 36. The device according to embodiment 33, the information indicating the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell received by the receiver is a base station type carried in a cell global identity.

Embodiment 37. The device according to embodiment 36, wherein, the cell global identity received by the receiver occupies 32 bits, and the base station type occupies first 4 bits of the cell global identity.

Embodiment 38. The device according to any one of embodiments 33 to 35, further comprising:
a first recognizer, configured to acquire a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type.

Embodiment 39. The device according to embodiment 38, wherein, the first recognizer is specifically configured to:

receive the cell global identity of the first cell transmitted by the terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station identity; and

when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station, read first 20 bits of the received cell global identity, wherein the first 20 bits are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell; or, when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a home base station, read first 28 bits of the received cell global identity of the cell, wherein the first 28 bits are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

Embodiment 40. The device according to embodiment 33, 36, or 37, further comprising,
a second recognizer, configured to acquire a base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell from a received cell global identity of the first cell according to the base station type.

Embodiment 41. The device according to embodiment 40, wherein,
the receiver is specifically configured to: receive the cell global identity of the first cell transmitted by the terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries the base station type and the base station identity;
the second recognizer is specifically configured to: when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station, read first 20 bits following the base station type of the received cell global identity, wherein the first 20 bits following the base station type are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell; or, when the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell is a home base station, read first 28 bits following the base station type of the received cell global identity, wherein the first 28 bits following the base station type are the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

Embodiment 42. A transmitting device, comprising:

a processor, configured to determine a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell;

a transmitter, configured to transmit the base station identity to a network device, wherein the base station identity is carried in a cell global identity, and wherein, bits of the cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of the base station controlling the first cell are the same as bits of a cell global identity occupied by the base station identity corresponding to a base station type of a base station controlling a second cell is different from the base station type of the base station controlling the first cell, and both the first cell and the second cell are neighboring cells of a serving cell of the terminal.

Embodiment 43. The device according to embodiment 42, the base station identity occupies first 20 bits of the cell global identity transmitted by the transmitter.

Embodiment 44. The device according to embodiment 42 or 43, wherein, when the base station type is a home base station, last 8 bits of the cell global identity transmitted by the transmitter are all 1.

Embodiment 45. A receiving device, comprising:

a receiver, configured to receive a cell global identity transmitted by a terminal, wherein the cell global identity carries a base station identity of a base station controlling a first cell, and the first cell is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal;

a processor, configured to read bits of predetermined length from the cell global identity, and determine the read bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.

Embodiment 46. The device according to embodiment 45, wherein, the processor is specifically configured to: when the base station controlling the first cell is a macro base station or a home base station, read first 20 bits of the cell global identity, and determining the first 20 bits as the base station identity of the base station controlling the first cell.



[0097] Finally, it should be noted: the foregoing embodiments are merely used to illustrate the technical solutions of the present invention, and should not be considered as a limitation thereof; although detailed descriptions are given to the present invention with reference to the foregoing embodiments, persons of ordinary skill in the art should understand: they can still make modifications to the technical solutions recited in each individual embodiment described above, or make equivalent replacements to parts of technical features thereof; while these modifications or replacements do not make the nature of corresponding technical solutions depart from the scope of embodiments of the present invention.


Claims

1. A transmitting device, comprising:

a processor(81), configured to determining (41) a base station identity of a first base station and a base station identity of a second base station, wherein the first base station is a home base station and the second base station is another base station that is different from the home base station; and

a transmitter(82), configured to transmitting (42) the base station identity of the first base station and the base station identity of the second base station to a network device, wherein the base station identity of the first base station is carried in a first E-UTRAN Cell Global Identifier, ECGI, and the base station identity of the second base station is carried in a second ECGI, and positions of bits occupied by the base station identity of the first base station and the second base station are the same and are the first 20 bits of the ECGI, and remained 8 bits of the ECGI are all filled with 1 which are not used as the base station identity of the first base station or the second base station, and a first cell controlled by the first base station is a neighboring cell of a serving cell of the terminal.


 
2. The device according to claim 1, wherein, neighboring cells of the serving cell of the terminal further comprises the second cell, the second cell is controlled by the second base station.
 
3. A communication system, comprising a transmitting device according to any one of claims 1 or 2 and a receiving device.
 




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