Patent Number: 6,167,036

Title: Method and apparatus for a sectored cell of a cellular radio communications system

Abstract: A nine-sectored cell (20) of a cellular radio communications system has three base transceiver stations (BTSs) colocated at its cell site (26). Each BTS is substantially independently coupled to a remote base station controller (BSC). Each BTS handles communications with subscriber units within a respective coverage area including three mutually-adjacent sectors (e.g. a1, b1, c1). When a subscriber unit moves between the coverage areas of different BTSs, a soft handoff is controlled by the BSC. When a subscriber unit moves between two sectors in the same coverage area, a softer handoff is implemented by the respective BTS.

Inventors: Beven; David Damian Nicholas (Bishops Stortford, GB)

Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited

International Classification: H04B 7/04 (20060101); H04B 7/005 (20060101); H04Q 7/38 (20060101); H04Q 7/36 (20060101); H04L 027/30 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017