Patent Number: 8,576,931

Title: Methods and systems for overhead reduction in a wireless communication network

Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for increasing throughput in a wireless communication system by reducing the amount of overhead transmitted to certain user terminals. Overhead due to control information may be reduced for these certain user terminals by selecting a low repetition factor. Overhead may be further reduced for these certain user terminals by selecting a modulation/coding scheme with a higher data rate for transmitting the control information. The selection may be based on channel conditions associated with the user terminals, such as signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratios (SINRs).

Inventors: Glazko; Serguei A. (San Diego, CA), Brehler; Matthias (Boulder, CO), Kim; Je Woo (Cupertino, CA), Makhijani; Mahesh (San Diego, CA)

Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated

International Classification: H04L 27/28 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017