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1. (WO2018042371) CHANNEL PARTITIONING FOR FREQUENCY-HOPPING NARROWBAND IOT
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CLAIMS:

1. A method for use in a frequency -hopping wireless transmitter for transmitting in unlicensed spectrum, the method comprising:

obtaining (712) a configuration for a plurality of frequency channels in unlicensed spectrum;

transmitting (714) a data transmission according to a frequency-hopping pattern across the plurality of frequency channels; and

wherein the configuration for the plurality of frequency channels comprises a first subset of frequency channels for downlink transmission and a second subset of frequency channels for uplink transmission, and the frequency channels in the first and second subsets are mutually exclusive.

2. The method of Claim 1, wherein the first and second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a first network.

3. The method of Claim 1, wherein a first portion of the first subset of frequency channels and a first portion of the second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a first network, and a second portion of the first subset of frequency channels and a second portion of the second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a second network.

4. The method of any of Claims 1-3, wherein a bandwidth of each frequency channel of the plurality of frequency channels comprises 250 kHz.

5. The method of any of Claims 1-4, wherein the unlicensed spectrum comprises a 2.4 GHz band.

6. The method of Claim 5, wherein the first subset of frequency channels comprises 160 frequency channels and the second subset of frequency channels comprises 160 frequency channels.

7. The method of Claim 5, wherein the first portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 80 frequency channels and the second portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 80 frequency channels.

8. The method of any of Claims 1-7, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 36 dBm.

9. The method of any of Claims 1-4, wherein the unlicensed spectrum comprises a 915 MHz band.

10. The method of Claim 9, wherein the first subset of frequency channels comprises 50 frequency channels and the second subset of frequency channels comprises 50 frequency channels.

11. The method of Claim 10, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 36 dBm.

12. The method of Claim 9, wherein the first portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 25 frequency channels and the second portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 25 frequency channels.

13. The method of Claim 12, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 30 dBm.

14. The method of any of Claims 1-13, wherein the wireless transmitter comprises a user equipment.

15. The method of any of Claims 1-13, wherein the wireless transmitter comprises a network node.

16. A frequency -hopping wireless transmitter operable to transmit in unlicensed spectrum, the wireless transmitter comprising processing circuitry (1320, 1420) operable to: obtain a configuration for a plurality of frequency channels (12) in unlicensed spectrum; transmit a data transmission according to a frequency-hopping pattern across the plurality of frequency channels (12); and

wherein the configuration for the plurality of frequency channels comprises a first subset of frequency channels (12) for downlink transmission and a second subset of frequency channels (12) for uplink transmission, and the frequency channels in the first and second subsets are mutually exclusive.

17. The wireless transmitter of Claim 16, wherein the first and second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a first network.

18. The wireless transmitter of Claim 16, wherein a first portion of the first subset of frequency channels (12) and a first portion of the second subset of frequency channels (12) are allocated to a first network, and a second portion of the first subset of frequency channels and a second portion of the second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a second network.

19. The wireless transmitter of any of Claims 16-18, wherein a bandwidth of each frequency channel (12) of the plurality of frequency channels comprises 250 kHz.

20. The wireless transmitter of any of Claims 16-19, wherein the unlicensed spectrum comprises a 2.4 GHz band.

21. The wireless transmitter of Claim 20, wherein the first subset of frequency channels comprises 160 frequency channels and the second subset of frequency channels comprises 160 frequency channels.

22. The wireless transmitter of Claim 20, wherein the first portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 80 frequency channels and the second portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 80 frequency channels.

23. The wireless transmitter of any of Claims 16-22, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 36 dBm.

24. The wireless transmitter of any of Claims 16-19, wherein the unlicensed spectrum comprises a 915 MHz band.

25. The wireless transmitter of Claim 24, wherein the first subset of frequency channels comprises 50 frequency channels and the second subset of frequency channels comprises 50 frequency channels.

26. The wireless transmitter of Claim 25, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 36 dBm.

27. The wireless transmitter of Claim 24, wherein the first portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 25 frequency channels and the second portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 25 frequency channels.

28. The wireless transmitter of Claim 27, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 30 dBm.

29. The wireless transmitter of any of Claims 16-28, wherein the wireless transmitter comprises a user equipment (110).

30. The wireless transmitter of any of Claims 16-28, wherein the wireless transmitter comprises a network node (120).

31. A method for use in a frequency-hopping wireless receiver for receiving in unlicensed spectrum, the method comprising:

obtaining (812) a configuration for a plurality of frequency channels in unlicensed spectrum; and

receiving (814) a data transmission according to a frequency -hopping pattern across the plurality of frequency channels;

wherein the configuration for the plurality of frequency channels comprises a first subset of frequency channels for downlink transmission and a second subset of frequency channels for uplink transmission, and the frequency channels in the first and second subsets are mutually exclusive.

32. The method of Claim 31, wherein the first and second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a first network.

33. The method of Claim 31, wherein a first portion of the first subset of frequency channels and a first portion of the second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a first network, and a second portion of the first subset of frequency channels and a second portion of the second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a second network.

34. The method of any of Claims 31-33, wherein a bandwidth of each frequency channel of the plurality of frequency channels comprises 250 kHz.

35. The method of any of Claims 31-34, wherein the unlicensed spectrum comprises a 2.4 GHz band.

36. The method of Claim 35, wherein the first subset of frequency channels comprises 160 frequency channels and the second subset of frequency channels comprises 160 frequency channels.

37. The method of Claim 35, wherein the first portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 80 frequency channels and the second portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 80 frequency channels.

38. The method of any of Claims 31-37, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 36 dBm.

39. The method of any of Claims 31 -34, wherein the unlicensed spectrum comprises a 915 MHz band.

40. The method of Claim 39, wherein the first subset of frequency channels comprises 50 frequency channels and the second subset of frequency channels comprises 50 frequency channels.

41. The method of Claim 40, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 36 dBm.

42. The method of Claim 39, wherein the first portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 25 frequency channels and the second portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 25 frequency channels.

43. The method of Claim 42, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 30 dBm.

44. The method of any of Claims 31-43, wherein the wireless transmitter comprises a user equipment.

45. The method of any of Claims 31-43, wherein the wireless transmitter comprises a network node.

46. A frequency-hopping wireless receiver operable to receive in unlicensed spectrum, the wireless receiver comprising processing circuitry (1320, 1420) operable to: obtain a configuration for a plurality of frequency channels (12) in unlicensed spectrum; and

receive a data transmission according to a frequency-hopping pattern across the plurality of frequency channels;

wherein the configuration for the plurality of frequency channels comprises a first subset of frequency channels (12) for downlink transmission and a second subset of frequency channels (12) for uplink transmission, and the frequency channels in the first and second subsets are mutually exclusive.

47. The wireless receiver of Claim 46, wherein the first and second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a first network.

48. The wireless receiver of Claim 46, wherein a first portion of the first subset of frequency channels and a first portion of the second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a first network, and a second portion of the first subset of frequency channels and a second portion of the second subset of frequency channels are allocated to a second network.

49. The wireless receiver of any of Claims 46-48, wherein a bandwidth of each frequency channel of the plurality of frequency channels comprises 250 kHz.

50. The wireless receiver of any of Claims 46-49, wherein the unlicensed spectrum comprises a 2.4 GHz band.

51. The wireless receiver of Claim 50, wherein the first subset of frequency channels comprises 160 frequency channels and the second subset of frequency channels comprises 160 frequency channels.

52. The wireless receiver of Claim 50 wherein the first portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 80 frequency channels and the second portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 80 frequency channels.

53. The wireless receiver of any of Claims 46-52, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 36 dBm.

54. The wireless receiver of any of Claims 46-49, wherein the unlicensed spectrum comprises a 915 MHz band.

55. The wireless receiver of Claim 54, wherein the first subset of frequency channels comprises 50 frequency channels and the second subset of frequency channels comprises 50 frequency channels.

56. The wireless receiver of Claim 55, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 36 dBm.

57. The wireless receiver of Claim 54, wherein the first portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 25 frequency channels and the second portion of the first and second subsets of frequency channels comprises 25 frequency channels.

58. The wireless receiver of Claim 57, wherein a transmit power of the data transmission is as high as 30 dBm.

59. The wireless receiver of any of Claims 46-58, wherein the wireless transmitter comprises a user equipment.

60. The wireless receiver of any of Claims 46-58, wherein the wireless transmitter comprises a network node.

61. A frequency -hopping wireless transmitter operable to transmit in unlicensed spectrum, the wireless transmitter comprising an obtaining module (1350, 1450) and a transmitting module (1354, 1454);

the obtaining module operable to obtain a configuration for a plurality of frequency channels (12) in unlicensed spectrum;

the transmitting module operable to transmit a data transmission according to a frequency-hopping pattern across the plurality of frequency channels (12); and

wherein the configuration for the plurality of frequency channels comprises a first subset of frequency channels (12) for downlink transmission and a second subset of frequency channels (12) for uplink transmission, and the frequency channels in the first and second subsets are mutually exclusive.

62. A frequency-hopping wireless receiver operable to receive in unlicensed spectrum, the wireless receiver comprising an obtaining module (1350, 1450) and a receiving module (1352, 1452);

the obtaining module operable to obtain a configuration for a plurality of frequency channels (12) in unlicensed spectrum; and

the receiving module operable to receive a data transmission according to a frequency-hopping pattern across the plurality of frequency channels (12);

wherein the configuration for the plurality of frequency channels comprises a first subset of frequency channels (12) for downlink transmission and a second subset of frequency channels (12) for uplink transmission, and the frequency channels in the first and second subsets are mutually exclusive.