Satellite assisted radioterminal communications systems and methods

  • US 8,170,474 B2
  • Filed: 11/21/2006
  • Issued: 05/01/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/24/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A radioterminal communications method comprising:

  • transmitting information from a source radioterminal to a first base station via a first wireless link that is established directly between the source radioterminal and the first base station;

    using a satellite to route the information from the first base station to a second base station via second wireless satellite links between the satellite and the first base station and between the satellite and the second base station, wherein at least one of the second wireless satellite links is configured to reduce, relative to the first wireless link, a channel resource that is used to route the information from the first base station to the second base station via the second wireless satellite links; and

    transmitting the information from the second base station to a destination radioterminal via a third wireless link that is established directly between the second base station and the destination radioterminal.

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