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1. (WO2018197830) AN APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING CONNECTIVITY FOR ITEMS OF USER EQUIPMENT IN A WIRELESS NETWORK

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/197830    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2018/050799
Publication Date: Fri Nov 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Mar 28 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: H04W 72/04
H04B 7/0491
H04B 7/06
Applicants: AIRSPAN NETWORKS INC.
SENIOR, Paul Nicholas
Inventors: SENIOR, Paul Nicholas
Title: AN APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING CONNECTIVITY FOR ITEMS OF USER EQUIPMENT IN A WIRELESS NETWORK
Abstract:
An apparatus and method are provided for improving connectivity for items of user equipment in a wireless network. The apparatus has a first antenna system (12) for providing a first sector of a network, and a second antenna system (14) for providing a second sector of the network. Further, the apparatus has a third antenna system (16) for communicating with a base station of the network to provide a common wireless backhaul link for the first sector and the second sector. In addition, an interface (205) is provided to an internet connection of a building in which the apparatus is deployed, and backhaul management circuitry (200) is then arranged, in at least one mode of operation, to control utilisation of both the internet connection and the common wireless backhaul link to provide backhaul connectivity to the network for items of user equipment connected to the apparatus via the first and second antenna systems. Through the use of such an apparatus, it has been found that significant improvements in network coverage can be readily obtained, and further the overall spectral efficiency of the network can be enhanced to improve network capacity, with the backhaul management circuitry maintaining an efficient backhaul connection through the combined use of the common wireless backhaul link and the internet connection.