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1. WO2016153555 - DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD OF QUASI-ORTHOGONAL MULTIPLE ACCESS

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus of user equipment (UE) comprising:

a transceiver configured to communicate with an enhanced NodeB (eNB) using quasi-orthogonal multiple access (QOMA) resources in QOMA regions, the QOMA regions comprising an orthogonal multiple access (OMA) region and a non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) region, the OMA region comprising OMA resources in which UEs are allocated orthogonal resources, the NOMA region comprising NOMA resources in which UEs are allocated non-orthogonal resources; and

processing circuitry arranged to:

configure the transceiver to receive an allocation of QOMA resources, the QOMA resources comprising the NOMA resources and the OMA resources;

configure the transceiver to transmit data using the NOMA resources in response to determining that data to be transmitted meets at least one predetermined condition; and

configure the transceiver to transmit data using the OMA resources in response to determining that the data to be transmitted does not meet the at least one predetermined condition.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein:

the at least one predetermined condition comprises the data to be transmitted at less than a maximum allowed NOMA rate and the data comprising fewer than a predetermined number of packets.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to: configure the transceiver to receive, via higher layer signaling including at least one of a Master Information Block, a System Information Block and UE-specific dedicated Radio Resource Control signaling, the allocation of the NOMA resources during initial attachment of the UE with the eNB.

4. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to: configure the transceiver to receive assignment of at least one of the maximum allowed NOMA rate and a maximum allowed NOMA Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) along with allocation of the NOMA resources; and configure the transceiver to refrain from transmitting the data using the NOMA resources above at least one of the maximum allowed NOMA rate and the maximum allowed NOMA MCS.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to: configure the transceiver to transmit the data using the NOMA resources without receiving an explicit grant to transmit the data from the eNB.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein:

the OMA and NOMA resources are statically or semi-statistically configured in at least one of a time-division multiplexing (TDM) and a frequency-division multiplexing (FDM) manner.

7. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to: determine that the data is to be transmitted that does not meet the at least one predetermined condition;

configure the transceiver to transmit to the eNB a request for OMA resources to transmit the data in response to determining that the data to be transmitted does not meet the at least one predetermined condition; and

configure the transceiver to receive an explicit grant of the OMA resources in response to transmitting the request, the grant comprising one or more time and frequency resources and modulation coding schemes (MCSs) related to the OMA region.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein:

the QOMA regions comprise a plurality of NOMA regions, each NOMA region comprising different NOMA resources, and

the NOMA resources allocated to the UE are dependent on at least one of UE type, a data type and Quality of Service (QoS) for the UE.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to: retransmit the data using the NOMA resources, using a data rate and

Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) associated with initial transmission of the data, in response to determining an acknowledgement (ACK) response to the initial transmission of the data has not been received from the eNB.

10. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to: in response to determining that a first predetermined number of retransmissions has been exceeded without receiving an ACK response from the eNB, retransmit the data using the NOMA resources and at least one of a lower data rate and MCS than the data rate and MCS associated with initial transmission of the data.

11. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to:

in response to determining that a second predetermined number of retransmissions has been exceeded without receiving an ACK response from the eNB, transmit a request to the UE for the OMA resources; and

in response to receiving a grant of the OMA resources, retransmitting the data using the OMA resources.

12. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising an antenna configured to transmit and receive communications between the transceiver and the eNB.

13. An apparatus of an enhanced NodeB (eNB) comprising:

a transceiver configured to communicate with a plurality of user equipment (UE) using quasi-orthogonal multiple access (QOMA) resources in QOMA regions, the QOMA regions comprising an orthogonal multiple access (OMA) region and a non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) region, the OMA region comprising OMA resources in which UEs are allocated orthogonal resources, the NOMA region comprising NOMA resources in which UEs are allocated non-orthogonal resources; and

processing circuitry arranged to:

determine a number and partition of the at least one NOMA region;

configure the transceiver to transmit an allocation of QOMA resources to each of the plurality of UEs, the QOMA resources comprising the NOMA resources and the OMA resources; and

configure the transceiver to receive first data using the NOMA resources from UEs allocated to the NOMA resources, wherein the first data meets at least one predetermined condition.

14. The apparatus of claim 13, wherein:

the at least one predetermined condition comprises the data to be transmitted at less than a maximum allowed NOMA rate and the data comprising fewer than a predetermined number of packets.

15. The apparatus of claim 14, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to:

configure the transceiver to transmit, via higher layer signaling including at least one of a Master Information Block, a System Information Block and UE-specific dedicated Radio Resource Control signaling, the allocation of the NOMA resources during initial attachment of the UE with the eNB.

16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to:

configure the transceiver to transmit assignment of at least one of the maximum allowed NOMA rate and a maximum allowed NOMA Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) along with the allocation of the NOMA resources, wherein the first data is free from data transmitted above the

maximum allowed NOMA rate and the maximum allowed NOMA MCS.

17. The apparatus of claim 13, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to:

configure the transceiver to receive the data using the NOMA resources without receiving an explicit grant to transmit the data from the eNB.

18. The apparatus of claim 13, wherein:

the QOMA regions comprise a plurality of NOMA regions, each NOMA region comprising different NOMA resources, and

the NOMA resources allocated to each UE are dependent on at least one of a UE type, a data type and Quality of Service (QoS) for the UE.

19. The apparatus of claim 18, wherein:

the NOMA regions are independent of each other in terms of size and maximum number of UEs able to be allocated thereto.

20. The apparatus of claim 18, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to:

determine a number and partition of the NOMA regions with expected NOMA demand and application type.

21. The apparatus of claim 18, wherein the processing circuitry is arranged to:

configure the transceiver to receive a request for the OMA resources from a first UE allocated to use the NOMA resources,

in response to receiving the request, transmitting a grant of the OMA resources to the first UE, and

re-allocate NOMA resources allocated to the first UE to another UE after transmitting the grant to the first UE.

22. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium that stores instructions for execution by one or more processors of a user equipment (UE) to configure the UE to communicate with an enhanced Node B (eNB), the one or more processors to configure the UE to:

receive an allocation of quasi-orthogonal multiple access (QOMA) resources in QOMA regions, the QOMA regions comprising an orthogonal

multiple access (OMA) region and a non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) region, the OMA region comprising OMA resources in which UEs are allocated orthogonal resources, the NOMA region comprising NOMA resources in which UEs are allocated non-orthogonal resources;

the QOMA regions comprising an orthogonal multiple access (OMA) region and a non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) region, the OMA region comprising OMA resources in which UEs are allocated orthogonal resources and the NOMA region comprising NOMA resources in which UEs are allocated non-orthogonal resources

receive assignment of a maximum allowed NOMA rate and a maximum allowed NOMA Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS);

transmit a first set of data using the NOMA resources, the first set of data comprising at most a predetermined number of packets and being transmitted at at most the maximum allowed NOMA rate and the maximum allowed NOMA MCS; and

transmit a second set of data using the OMA resources, the second set of data comprising at least one of greater than the predetermined number of packets and transmitted at at least one of greater than the maximum allowed NOMA rate and the maximum allowed NOMA MCS.

23. The medium of claim 22, wherein the UE is configured to:

transmit the first data using the NOMA resources without receiving an explicit grant to transmit the first data from the eNB.

24. The medium of claim 22, wherein the UE is arranged to:

retransmit the first data using the NOMA resources, using a data rate and MCS associated with initial transmission of the first data, in response to determining an acknowledgement (ACK) response to the initial transmission of the first data has not been received from the eNB.

25. The medium of claim 23, wherein the UE is arranged to at least one: in response to determining that a first predetermined number of retransmissions has been exceeded without receiving an ACK response from the eNB, retransmit the first data using the NOMA resources and at least one of a lower data rate and MCS than the data rate and MCS associated with the initial transmission of the first data, and

in response to determining that a second predetermined number of retransmissions has been exceeded without receiving an ACK response from the eNB, transmit a request to the UE for the OMA resources, and, in response to receiving a grant of the OMA resources, retransmit the data using the OMA resources.