Node selection using a combination of subscription entitlement and nodal characteristics

  • US 10,064,058 B2
  • Filed: 11/08/2016
  • Issued: 08/28/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/08/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method comprising:

  • receiving at a network node associated with a mobile core network an authorization request from a network device, wherein the authorization request is received via an untrusted network;

    performing authorization of the network device at the network node and subsequent to the receiving;

    determining a preferred network access node for the network device subsequent to the receiving, wherein the determining comprises accessing a node selection information repository containing static and dynamic information related to network access nodes and network access node groupings, and wherein the static and dynamic information comprises at least one of;

    resource usage, location, availability of mobility anchors, proximity of mobility anchors, handover opportunities, resiliency class, load balancing considerations, and availability based on time of day;

    providing to the network device an initial authorization response comprising a response to the received authorization request, wherein the initial authorization response identifies the determined preferred network access node;

    receiving a request at the network node for an updated network access node IP address;

    determining a new preferred network access node for the network device; and

    providing to the network device an IP address for the determined new preferred network access node.

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