Patent Number: 7,088,671

Title: Multiple access technique for downlink multibeam digital radio systems

Abstract: A multiple access communication system with communication links between one or more central nodes each with a transmitter 1 including an antenna with one or more antenna beams, and user terminals 2 located in antenna beam coverage area 3. User terminals 2 assigned to one beam coverage area 3 use multiple access channels that are mutually orthogonal for receiving digital message information. These multiple access channels are reused by other user terminals 2 in adjacent and other beam regions. Single-axis error correcting coding 4, interleaving 5, channel assignment changes 7, precoding 8, and selected phase rotation 9 are used in the central node transmitter 1 to reduce potential interference at a user terminal 2 from signals using the same orthogonal multiple access channel destined for user terminals 2 in other beam coverage areas 3. The communication system can realize complete reuse of all orthogonal multiple access channels in other beam coverage areas, i.e., a reuse factor of unity.

Inventors: Monsen; Peter (Stowe, VT)


International Classification: H04J 11/00 (20060101); H04Q 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018