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1. US20140162629 - Dynamic steering of traffic across radio access networks

Office United States of America
Application Number 13709284
Application Date 10.12.2012
Publication Number 20140162629
Publication Date 12.06.2014
Grant Number 08855625
Grant Date 07.10.2014
Publication Kind B2
IPC
G06F 15/16
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
15Digital computers in general; Data processing equipment in general
16Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
H04W 28/02
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
WWIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
28Network traffic or resource management
02Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control
CPC
H04W 36/14
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
WWIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
36Hand-off or reselection arrangements
14Reselecting a network or an air interface
H04L 12/5692
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
12Data switching networks
54Store-and-forward switching systems
56Packet switching systems
5691Access to open networks; Ingress point selection, e.g. ISP selection
5692Selection among different networks
H04L 41/0816
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
41Arrangements for maintenance or administration or management of packet switching networks
08Configuration management of network or network elements
0803Configuration setting of network or network elements
0813Changing of configuration
0816due to adaptation, e.g. in response to network events
H04L 41/0893
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
41Arrangements for maintenance or administration or management of packet switching networks
08Configuration management of network or network elements
0893Assignment of logical groupings to network elements; Policy based network management or configuration
H04W 24/02
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
WWIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
24Supervisory, monitoring or testing arrangements
02Arrangements for optimising operational condition
H04W 28/08
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
WWIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
28Network traffic or resource management
02Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control
08Load balancing or load distribution
Applicants AT&T Mobility II LLC
AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
Inventors Tipton Rick
Austin Mark
Cui Zhi
Ohana Alain
Agents Amin, Turocy & Watson, LLP
Title
(EN) Dynamic steering of traffic across radio access networks
Abstract
(EN)

Intelligent radio access technology sensing and selection are applied in a dynamic traffic steering network. Network characteristics and network policies are determined. A server sends network characteristics and network policies to user equipment devices. User equipment devices can determine a radio access technology to connect to based on network policies and network characteristics. Further, it can be determined how to select user equipment devices for connection to a radio access network via a radio access technology. In one aspect, user equipment devices dynamically select a radio access network for connection based on real-time or near real-time radio access network conditions. In another aspect, a self-organizing network can monitor and determine radio access network conditions and the radio access network conditions can be sent to user equipment devices in given cellular broadcast area.