Efficient discard mechanism in small cell deployment

  • US 11,050,674 B2
  • Filed: 08/07/2019
  • Issued: 06/29/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/24/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An entity of an evolved packet core (EPC) comprising:

  • control circuitry, which, responsive to an Evolved-UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN) supporting a dual connectivity operation in which a mobile station is connectable to a master base station and a secondary base station, establishes a S1-U connection with the master base station and does not establish the S1-U connection with the secondary base station for a second bearer (bearer #2), which is separate from a first bearer (bearer #1) and which is configured in the master base station for the secondary base station, wherein the second bearer is either split in the master base station to be transmitted via both the master base station and the secondary base station, or is not split in the master base station to be transmitted only via the secondary base station; and

    a transmitter, which is coupled to the control circuitry and which, in operation, transmits to the master base station via the S1-U connection data packets, which the master base station forwards to the secondary base station via an X2 interface;

    wherein,the master base station is configured to transmit the data packets destined for the mobile station via the secondary base station to the mobile station in the dual connectivity operation;

    the master base station transmits the data packets as PDCP PDUs (Packet Data Convergence Protocol, Protocol Data Units) received via the S1-U connection to the secondary base station via the X2 interface;

    the master base station receives an indication from the secondary base station, the indication including first information on the PDCP PDUs transmitted from the master base station and successfully delivered by the secondary base station to the mobile station and second information on the PDCP PDUs transmitted from the master base station and unsuccessfully delivered by the secondary base station to the mobile station;

    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; and

    the master base station considers buffer capacity of the secondary base station in controlling the secondary base station.

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