Patent Number: 7,133,681

Title: Method and system of pooling channel elements on a switch or OMCR level

Abstract: Managing channel element licenses for base transceiver stations. Preferred methods include license accounting at a BSC or MTS level, thereby providing better utilization of BTS channel element licenses in a wireless communication network. The BTS notifies a license manager whenever a channel element is put into use by transmitting a first channel element utilization message. If the number of available license has been not been exceeded, the license manager transmits a channel element utilization authorization message. If, on the other hand, the number of available license has been exceeded, the license manager transmits a channel element utilization denial message, instruction the BTS to terminate the call setup. Alternative embodiments include the BTS requesting a license using a first channel element utilization message and awaiting authorization prior to utilization of the channel element. The BTS preferably transmits a second channel element utilization message indicating the channel element is no longer in use.

Inventors: Talley; Ryan (Olathe, KS), Apte; Abhijit (Overland Park, KS), Humbert; John (Overland Park, KS), Ribas; Hector (Overland Park, KS), Yew; Meng (Lenexa, KS), Schafer; E. Michael (Overland Park, KS)

Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.

International Classification: H04Q 7/20 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00