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1. WO2020110003 - TRANSMITTING FREQUENCY VARYING BEAM WEIGHTS FROM A LOWER-LAYER SPLIT CENTRAL UNIT TO A RADIO UNIT

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CLAIMS:

1. A method of operating a lower-layer split central unit, LLS-CU (210) in a network node (200) of a wireless communication system, comprising:

providing (1102), at the LLS-CU, a plurality of downlink signals to be transmitted to a user equipment, UE over a wireless radio interface;

allocating (1104) the plurality of downlink signals to a plurality of physical resource blocks, PRBs, of a physical downlink channel of the wireless radio interface to be used for transmitting the plurality of downlink signals to the UE;

generating (1106) a data-associated control information, DACI, message including a section description associated with the plurality of downlink signals, the DACI message including an indication of a plurality of sets of beamforming weights to be applied by a radio unit, RU, when transmitting the plurality of downlink signals to the UE;

transmitting (1108) the DACI message to the RU; and

transmitting (1110) the plurality of downlink signals to the RU for transmission to the UE.

2. The method of Claim 1, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises an indication of which of the plurality of sets of

beamforming weights is to be applied to each of the plurality of PRBs used to transmit the plurality of downlink signals.

3. The method of Claim 1 or 2, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

4. The method of any preceding Claim, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a plurality of beam indices, each of the beam indices corresponding to one of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

5. The method of Claim 1, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a plurality of sets of beamforming attributes that describe respective antenna beams.

6. The method of any preceding Claim, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights is carried in a section extension of the section description.

7. The method of Claim 6, wherein the section description comprises a plurality of section extensions, wherein each section extension of the plurality of section extensions identifies one of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

8. The method of Claim 1, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises an indication of a plurality of frequencies within a bandwidth spanned by the plurality of PRBs, wherein respective ones of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights are to be used for transmission of the PRBs at the plurality of frequencies.

9. The method of any preceding Claim, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a first set of complete beamforming weights and at least one set of delta-coded beamforming weights that are delta-coded with respect to the first set of complete beamforming weights.

10. A lower-layer split central unit, LLS-CU (210) in a network node (200) of a wireless communication system, comprising:

a processor circuit (206);

a transceiver (202) coupled to the processor circuit and configured to communicate with a radio unit, RU; and

a memory (208) coupled to the processor circuit, the memory comprising machine readable program instructions that, when executed by the processor circuit, cause the LLS-CU to perform operations comprising:

providing (1102), at the LLS-CU, a plurality of downlink signals to be transmitted to a user equipment, UE over a wireless radio interface;

allocating (1104) the plurality of downlink signals to a plurality of physical resource blocks, PRBs, of a physical downlink channel of the wireless radio interface to be used for transmitting the plurality of downlink signals to the UE;

generating (1106) a data-associated control information, DACI, message including a section description associated with the plurality of downlink signals, the DACI message including an indication of a plurality of sets of beamforming weights to be applied by the RU when transmitting the plurality of downlink signals to the UE;

transmitting (1108) the DACI message to the RU; and

transmitting (1110) the plurality of downlink signals to the RU for transmission to the UE.

11. A method of operating a radio unit, RU (220) in a network node (200) of a wireless communication system, comprising:

receiving (1202), from a lower layer split central unit, LLS-CU, a data-associated control information, DACI, message including a section description associated with the plurality of signals, the DACI message including an indication of a plurality of sets of beamforming weights to be applied by the RU when transmitting the plurality of signals to or receiving the plurality of signals from a user equipment, UE; and

transmitting (1204) the plurality of signals to, or receiving the plurality of signals from, the UE using the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

12. The method of Claim 11, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises an indication of which of the plurality of sets of

beamforming weights is to be applied to each of the plurality of PRBs used to transmit or receive the plurality of signals.

13. The method of Claim 11 or 12, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

14. The method of any of Claims 11 to 13, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a plurality of beam indices, each of the beam indices corresponding to one of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

15. The method of Claim 11, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a plurality of sets of beamforming attributes that describe respective antenna beams.

16. The method of any of Claims 11 to 15, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights is carried in a section extension of the section description.

17. The method of Claim 16, wherein the section description comprises a plurality of section extensions, wherein each section extension of the plurality of section extensions identifies one of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

18. The method of Claim 11, wherein the plurality of signals comprise a plurality of downlink signals, the method further comprising receiving the plurality of downlink signals from the LLS-CU, wherein the plurality of downlink signals are allocated to a plurality of physical resource blocks, PRBs, of a physical downlink channel of a wireless radio interface to be used for transmitting the plurality of downlink signals to the UE.

19. The method of Claim 18, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises an indication of a plurality of frequencies within a

bandwidth spanned by the plurality of PRBs, wherein respective ones of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights are to be used for transmission or reception of a plurality of physical PRBs at the plurality of frequencies.

20. The method of any of Claims 11 to 19, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a first set of complete beamforming weights and at least one set of delta-coded beamforming weights that are delta-coded with respect to the first set of complete beamforming weights.

21. The method of any of Claims 11 to 20, further comprising:

generating the plurality of sets of beam forming weights in accordance with the indications.

22. The method of Claim 11, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a first set of beamforming weights associated with a first frequency and a second set of beamforming weights associated with a second frequency, the method further comprising:

generating a third set of beamforming weights associated with a third frequency between the first frequency and the second frequency by interpolating the first set of beamforming weights and the second set of beamforming weights; and

applying the third set of beamforming weights to a transmission of one of the plurality of downlink signals at the third frequency.

23. A radio unit, RU (220), in a network node (200) of a wireless communication system including a lower-layer split central unit, LLS-CU, the RU comprising:

a processor circuit (206);

a transceiver (202) coupled to the processor circuit and configured to communicate with a radio unit, RU; and

a memory (208) coupled to the processor circuit, the memory comprising machine readable program instructions that, when executed by the processor circuit, cause the RU to perform operations comprising:

receiving (1202), from a lower layer split central unit, LLS-CU, a data-associated control information, DACI, message including a section description associated with the plurality of signals, the DACI message including an indication of a plurality of sets of beamforming weights to be applied by the RU when transmitting the plurality of signals to or receiving the plurality of signals from a user equipment, UE; and

transmitting (1204) the plurality of signals to, or receiving the plurality of signals from, the UE using the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

24. A method of operating a lower-layer split central unit, LLS-CU (210) in a network node (200) of a wireless communication system, comprising:

assigning (1105) a plurality of uplink signals to a plurality of physical resource blocks, PRBs, of a physical uplink channel of the wireless radio interface to be used for receiving the plurality of uplink signals from a user equipment, UE;

generating (1106) a data-associated control information, DACI, message including a section description associated with the plurality of uplink signals, the DACI message including an indication of a plurality of sets of beamforming weights to be applied by a radio unit, RU, when receiving the plurality of uplink signals from the UE;

transmitting (1108) the DACI message to the RU; and

receiving (1112) the plurality of uplink signals from the RU.

25. The method of Claim 24, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises an indication of which of the plurality of sets of

beamforming weights is to be applied to each of the plurality of PRBs used to receive the plurality of uplink signals.

26. The method of Claim 24 or 25, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

27. The method of any of Claims 24 to 26, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a plurality of beam indices, each of the beam indices corresponding to one of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

28. The method of Claim 24, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a plurality of sets of beamforming attributes that describe respective antenna beams.

29. The method of any of Claims 24 to 28, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights is carried in a section extension of the section description.

30. The method of Claim 29, wherein the section description comprises a plurality of section extensions, wherein each section extension of the plurality of section extensions identifies one of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights.

31. The method of Claim 24, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises an indication of a plurality of frequencies within a bandwidth spanned by the plurality of PRBs, wherein respective ones of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights are to be used for reception of the PRBs at the plurality of frequencies.

32. The method of any of Claims 24 to 31, wherein the indication of the plurality of sets of beamforming weights comprises a first set of complete beamforming weights and at least one set of delta-coded beamforming weights that are delta-coded with respect to the first set of complete beamforming weights.

33. A lower-layer split central unit, LLS-CU (210) in a network node (200) of a wireless communication system, comprising:

a processor circuit (206);

a transceiver (202) coupled to the processor circuit and configured to communicate with a radio unit, RU; and

a memory (208) coupled to the processor circuit, the memory comprising machine readable program instructions that, when executed by the processor circuit, cause the LLS-CU to perform operations comprising:

assigning (1105) a plurality of uplink signals to a plurality of physical resource blocks, PRBs, of a physical uplink channel of the wireless radio interface to be used for receiving the plurality of uplink signals from a user equipment, UE;

generating (1106) a data-associated control information, DACI, message including a section description associated with the plurality of uplink signals, the DACI message including an indication of a plurality of sets of beamforming weights to be applied by a radio unit, RU, when receiving the plurality of uplink signals from the UE;

transmitting (1108) the DACI message to the RU; and

receiving (1112) the plurality of uplink signals from the RU.