Method and apparatus for considering routing information in the determination of an access network to be utilized
Originating portfolio: TECH
Estimated expiration: 2032-May-08
Potentially relevant companies (19): Amazon, AsusTek Computer Inc, Coolpad, Dell Inc., Gionee, Google Inc., Haier, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Kyocera, Meizu, Oppo, Panasonic Corporation, Pantech Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, TCL Group, Toshiba Corporation, Vivo, ZTE Corporation
Products & technologies (4): Computers:Personal, Network:Router, Wireless:Smartphone, Wireless:WiFi
A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided to allow a plurality of access networks to be utilized in a coordinated manner in accordance with the routing policies defined by the network operator as well as other routing information including, for example, IETF routing and router information. In the context of a method, information, such as ANDSF information, defining the routing policies of the network operator may be received from a mobile terminal. The method also includes at least a portion of the information defining one or more routing policies of the network operator within an IP connectivity stack along with other routing information that is not based on the routing policies of the network operator. And, the method considers both the one or more routing policies defined by the network operator and the other routing information in determining utilization of a plurality of access networks.
1. A method comprising:
receiving by a terminal equipment, from a mobile terminal, access network discovery and selection function information, wherein the access network discovery and selection function information defines one or more routing policies of a network operator, the one or more routing policies being indicative of a preferred access network and an order of precedence by which one or more access networks are to be used for a specific type of communication, the terminal equipment and the mobile terminal being arranged in a split configuration to utilize one or more access networks;
including, within an internet protocol connectivity stack, at least a portion of the access network discovery and selection function information and other routing information; and
determining, based on the at least the portion of the access network discovery and selection function information and the other routing information, utilization of one or more access networks;
wherein the receiving comprises mirroring the access network discovery and selection function information natively into the internet protocol connectivity stack.
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