Dynamic channel management and signalling method and apparatus

DC CAFC
  • US 5,563,883 A
  • Filed: 07/18/1994
  • Issued: 10/08/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/18/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a multiple access communication system comprising a central controller, a shared transmission means for signalling data and user information, and a plurality of remote terminals, a method of allocating signalling data channels between said central controller and said plurality of remote terminals from a plurality of communication channels and of assigning remote terminals comprising the steps of:

  • (a) establishing communications between said central controller and said plurality of remote terminals via a plurality of signalling data channels, each of said remote terminals being initially assigned to a pair of predetermined signalling data channels;

    (b) monitoring the status of a plurality of the signalling data channels in use between said central controller and said plurality of remote terminals for the usability of said signalling data channels;

    (c) determining whether one of said plurality of remote terminals needs to be reassigned to a different signalling data channel other than said predetermined signalling data channel;

    (d) determining whether a different and suitable signalling data channel is available other than said predetermined channel; and

    (e) reassigning by said central controller said remote terminal to a different and suitable signalling data channel for communication henceforward.

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