Telecommunications network and method for time-based network access

  • US 9,014,667 B2
  • Filed: 02/19/2009
  • Issued: 04/21/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/29/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A telecommunications network configured for providing access to a plurality of terminals, each terminal associated with a unique identifier for accessing the telecommunications network, wherein the telecommunications network comprises:

  • a register configured to store the unique identifier of at least one terminal in combination with identification of at least one associated grant access time interval, the at least one associated grant access time interval being a time period during which telecommunications network access for the terminal is permitted;

    one or more processors;

    memory storing processor instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to carry out operations including;

    an access request operation to receive an access request from the terminal and to determine the unique identifier associated with the terminal;

    an access operation to deny access for the terminal if the access request is received outside the time period,wherein the telecommunications network is further configured to monitor a network load of the telecommunications network,wherein the telecommunications network is further configured to adapt the time period depending on the monitored network load, andwherein machine-to-machine applications are executed, and wherein the plurality of terminals for the machine-to-machine applications are denied access to the telecommunications network during peak load time intervals, the time period being outside peak load time intervals.

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