Patent Number: 7,089,037

Title: System and method for improving capacity gain while maintaining call performance in a wireless communications system

Abstract: A system and method for maximizing throughput in a telecommunications system is disclosed. The system includes an antenna system using fixed narrow beams that transmits and allows improved capacity gain to be realized without degrading call performance. The system can include: forming a plurality of directional narrow uplink beams at a main antenna; receiving communications signals on the plurality of directional uplink beams; periodically scanning across the plurality of uplink beams associated with a given call; assessing a set of beams from the plurality of uplink beams based upon a quality of reverse link information; selecting a first subset from the set of beams to be turned off when the quality of reverse link information reaches a first predetermined value; and instructing the subset to not transmit a traffic channel and to continue to transmit the power control sub channel.

Inventors: Harris; Mark (Plano, TX)

Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited

International Classification: H04B 1/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018