Method and apparatus for handoff in a wireless network
Estimated expiration: 2030-Jul-28
Potentially relevant companies (6): Alpha Networks, Axell Wireless Limited, CommScope Technologies LLC, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Juniper Networks Inc., ZTE Corporation
Products & technologies (4): Wireless:3G, Wireless:3GPP, Wireless:CDMA, Wireless:Spread Spectrum
In response to a determination that a received pilot signal identification is not present in a current neighbor list of a mobile station, a network controller identifies one of a plurality of sectors associated with the missing pilot signal identification that is a most likely handoff candidate. In one embodiment, the most likely handoff candidate is determined as the sector that is closest to the mobile station. When the most likely candidate is identified, a handoff may be initiated between the mobile station and the identified sector. The handoff may be accomplished by activating a traffic channel for the mobile station in the identified sector.
1. A method for operation of a wireless network node that is in communication with a mobile station, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving, at the wireless network node, a pilot signal identification from said mobile station;
in response to a determination that said pilot signal identification is not present in a current neighbor list of said mobile station, identifying, at the wireless network node, one of a plurality of sectors that is a most likely handoff candidate, wherein each of the plurality of sectors uses the same pilot signal identification.
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