Method for preventing ping-pong handover effect in mobile WiMAX networks
Originating portfolio: NET
Estimated expiration: 2031-Jan-20
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Initial bid date: 2018-May-01
Potentially relevant companies (11): Alpha Networks, Axell Wireless Limited, Cisco Systems, Inc., CommScope Technologies LLC, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Juniper Networks Inc., Leap Wireless International, Inc., MP Antenna Limited, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Sierra Wireless, Inc., ZTE Corporation
Products & technologies (3): Wireless:3GPP, Wireless:Basestation, Wireless:WiMAX
DE60 2007 024 158.8
To prevent a handover ping-pong effect between base-station in WiMAX-compliant networks, a priority level is assigned to the trigger causes for handover, and the prioritized causes are coded. Then codes are subdivided into a first class of unrestricted handovers and a second class of restricted handovers. The first class includes the highest priority handovers. The second class includes a subset of handovers with a high or normal priority intended for optimizing resources. Outside this subset the second class also includes handovers for power budget having a normal priority level. When an outgoing handover is decided, the actual serving BS permits or selectively suppresses the Handover Request to the target BS when the latter corresponds to the preceding serving BS for that mobile. The selection mechanism operates on the second class of restricted handovers, during a penalty time triggered by the occurrence of handover causes included in the second class subset.
1. A method, executed by a base station, for controlling handovers of a radio connection to a mobile station between base stations of a cellular communication network, comprising:
assigning a priority level to handover trigger causes includes in a handover request or confirm message and coding the prioritized handover trigger causes to obtain codes;
subdividing the codes into a first class associated with unrestricted handovers and a second class associated with handovers subjected to restriction;
storing an identifier of a previous serving base station for an incoming handover accepted for a mobile station;
starting a penalty timer if the code of the prioritized handover trigger cause of an accepted handover belongs to a given subset of the second class;
deciding a new valid condition to trigger a handover request for the mobile station, comprising:
detecting if a target base station identifier is equal to the stored identifier,
detecting if the code of the prioritized handover trigger cause of the new valid condition belongs to the second class, and
determining that a penalty elapsed time is below a configurable value; and
suppressing issuance of a handover request for the mobile station if all the conditions of the deciding step are simultaneously met, otherwise issuing a handover request including the handover trigger cause.
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