Efficient discard mechanism in small cell deployment

  • US 10,425,346 B2
  • Filed: 03/15/2018
  • Issued: 09/24/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/24/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A user equipment comprising:

  • control circuitry, which, in operation, controls connection with a master base station and connection with a secondary base station; and

    a receiver, which is coupled to the control circuitry and which, in operation, receives data packets, which are transmitted from the master base station as PDCP PDUs (Packet Data Convergence Protocol, Protocol Data Units) to the secondary base station, from the secondary base station;

    wherein, when the user equipment fails at receiving the data packets from the secondary base station, the secondary base station transmits to the master base station an indication including first information on the PDCP PDUs transmitted from the master base station and successfully delivered by the secondary base station to the user equipment and second information on the PDCP PDUs transmitted from the master base station and unsuccessfully delivered by the secondary base station to the user equipment,wherein the first information includes a highest sequence number of the PDCP PDU successfully delivered by the secondary base station to the mobile station and the second information includes sequence numbers of an oldest lost PDCP PDU and a most recently lost PDCP PDU such that the sequence numbers indicate a range of consecutively lost PDCP PDUs, andwherein the master station considers buffer capacity of the secondary base station in controlling the secondary base station.

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