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1. (WO2019032002) METHODS RESPONDING TO SCG FAILURE IN DC COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED WIRELESS TERMINALS AND NETWORK NODES
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CLAIMS:

1. A method of operating a wireless terminal (500) providing dual connectivity, DC, communication through a master node using a master cell group, MCG, over a first radio interface between the wireless terminal and the master node and through a secondary node using a secondary cell group, SCG, over a second radio interface between the wireless terminal and the secondary node, the method comprising:

configuring (703) a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, for the wireless terminal using dual connectivity through the MCG over the first radio interface with the master node and through the SCG over the second radio interface with the secondary node, wherein the wireless terminal is configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB; and

responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface while configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB, transmitting (719) an SCG failure information message regarding failure of the SCG to the master node using the MCG.

2. The method of Claim 1, wherein transmitting the SCG failure information message comprises transmitting the SCG failure information message using uplink resources defined by an uplink grant from the master node, and wherein the uplink grant from the master node is an uplink grant for the MCG, the method further comprising:

before detecting failure of the SCG, transmitting (707) a scheduling request, SR, to the master node; and

receiving (709) the uplink grant for the MCG from the master node, wherein the uplink grant corresponds to the scheduling request, SR.

3. The method of Claim 1, wherein transmitting the SCG failure information message comprises transmitting the SCG failure information message using uplink resources defined by an uplink grant from the master node, the method further comprising:

responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface while configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the

MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB, transmitting (715) a scheduling request, SR, to the master node, wherein the scheduling request includes an indication that the scheduling request is for high priority SRB 1 data; and

receiving (717) the uplink grant for the MCG from the master node, wherein the uplink grant corresponds to the scheduling request.

4. The method of any of Claims 1-3, further comprising:

responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface, switching (721) an uplink path of a split data radio bearer, DRB, and/or a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, to use only the MCG over the first radio interface.

5. The method of any of Claims 1-3, further comprising:

responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface, deactivating (723) DC duplication on any split data radio bearer, DRB, and/or signaling radio bearer, SRB.

6. The method of any of Claims 1-5, wherein the split SRB is a split first signaling radio bearer, SRB 1.

7. A method of operating a first network node (600a), wherein the first network node is configured to operate in cooperation with a second network node (600b) to provide dual connectivity, DC, communication with a wireless terminal (500) so that the first network node operates as a master node using a master cell group, MCG, over a first radio interface between the first network node and the wireless terminal and so that the second network node operates as a secondary node using a secondary cell group, SCG, over a second radio interface between the secondary node and the wireless terminal, the method comprising:

configuring (1001) a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, for the wireless terminal using dual connectivity through the MCG over the first radio interface with the wireless terminal and through the SCG over the second radio interface with the wireless terminal, wherein the wireless terminal is configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB;

receiving (1003) an SCG failure indication message from the second network node wherein the SCG failure indication message indicates failure of the SCG with the wireless terminal; and

responsive to receiving the SCG failure indication, determining (1005) that the SCG over the second radio interface with the wireless terminal has failed.

8. The method of Claim 7 further comprising:

responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed, prioritizing (1007) scheduling for the wireless terminal relative to other wireless terminals.

9. The method of any of Claims 7-8 further comprising:

responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed, suspending (1007) downlink transmissions of the split SRB through the second network node and the SCG to the wireless terminal.

10. The method of any of Claims 7-9 further comprising:

responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed, suspending (1007) downlink transmissions of all split SRBs and/or all split DRBs through the second network node and the SCG to the wireless terminal.

11. The method of any of Claims 7-10 further comprising at least one of:

responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed, changing (1007) a bearer type of all SCG data radio bearers, DRBs, to SCG split DRBs and/or MCG split DRBs and/or MCG DRBs;

responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed, changing (1007) a bearer type of all MCG split data radio bearers, DRBs, to MCG DRBs;

responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed, changing (1007) a bearer type of all MCG split signaling radio bearers, SRBs, to MCG SRBs; and/or

responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed, changing (1007) a bearer type of all SCG split data radio bearers, DRBs, to MCG DRBs.

12. A wireless terminal (500) for providing dual connectivity, DC, communication through a master node (600a) using a master cell group, MCG, over a first radio interface between the wireless terminal and the master node and through a secondary node (600b) using a secondary cell group, SCG, over a second radio interface between the wireless terminal and the secondary node, wherein the wireless terminal is adapted to:

configure a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, for the wireless terminal using dual connectivity through the MCG over the first radio interface with the master node and through the SCG over the second radio interface with the secondary node, wherein the wireless terminal is configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB; and

transmit an SCG failure information message regarding failure of the SCG to the master node using the MCG responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface while configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB.

13. The wireless terminal (500) of Claim 12, wherein transmitting the SCG failure information message comprises transmitting the SCG failure information message using uplink resources defined by an uplink grant from the master node, and wherein the uplink grant from the master node is an uplink grant for the MCG, and wherein the wireless terminal is further adapted to:

transmit a scheduling request, SR, to the master node before detecting failure of the SCG; and

receive the uplink grant for the MCG from the master node, wherein the uplink grant corresponds to the scheduling request, SR.

14. The wireless terminal (500) of Claim 12, wherein transmitting the SCG failure information message comprises transmitting the SCG failure information message using uplink resources defined by an uplink grant from the master node, and wherein the wireless terminal is further adapted to:

transmit a scheduling request, SR, to the master node responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface while configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB, wherein the scheduling request includes an indication that the scheduling request is for high priority SRB 1 data; and

receive the uplink grant for the MCG from the master node, wherein the uplink grant corresponds to the scheduling request.

15. The wireless terminal (500) of any of Claims 12-14, and wherein the wireless terminal is further adapted to:

switch an uplink path of a split data radio bearer, DRB, and/or a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, to use only the MCG over the first radio interface responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface.

16. The wireless terminal (500) of any of Claims 12-14, wherein the wireless terminal is further adapted to:

deactivate DC duplication on any split data radio bearer, DRB, and/or signaling radio bearer, SRB responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface.

17. The wireless terminal (500) of any of Claims 12-16, wherein the split SRB is a split first signaling radio bearer, SRB 1.

18. A first network node (600a) for operation in cooperation with a second network node (600b) to provide dual connectivity, DC, communication with a wireless terminal (500) so that the first network node operates as a master node using a master cell group, MCG, over a first radio interface between the first network node and the wireless terminal and so that the second network node operates as a secondary node using a secondary cell group, SCG, over a second radio interface between the secondary node and the wireless terminal, wherein the first network node is adapted to:

configure a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, for the wireless terminal using dual connectivity through the MCG over the first radio interface with the wireless terminal and through the SCG over the second radio interface with the wireless terminal, wherein the wireless terminal is configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB;

receive an SCG failure indication message from the second network node wherein the SCG failure indication message indicates failure of the SCG with the wireless terminal; and determine that the SCG over the second radio interface with the wireless terminal has failed responsive to receiving the SCG failure indication.

19. The first network node (600a) of Claim 18, wherein the first network node is further adapted to:

prioritize scheduling for the wireless terminal relative to other wireless terminals responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed.

20. The first network node (600a) of any of Claims 18-19, wherein the first network node is further adapted to:

suspend downlink transmissions of the split SRB through the second network node and the SCG to the wireless terminal responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed.

21. The first network node (600a) of any of Claims 18-20, wherein the first network node is further adapted to:

suspend downlink transmissions of all split SRBs and/or all split DRBs through the second network node and the SCG to the wireless terminal responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed.

22. The first network node (600a) of any of Claims 18-21, wherein the first network node is further adapted to:

change a bearer type of all SCG data radio bearers, DRBs, to SCG split DRBs and/or MCG split DRBs and/or MCG DRBs responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed;

change a bearer type of all MCG split data radio bearers, DRBs, to MCG DRBs responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed;

change a bearer type of all MCG split signaling radio bearers, SRBs, to MCG SRBs responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed; and/or

change a bearer type of all SCG split data radio bearers, DRBs, to MCG DRBs responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed.

23. A wireless terminal (500) comprising:

a transceiver (501) configured to provide wireless communication in a wireless communication network; and

a processor (503) coupled with the transceiver, wherein the processor is configured to provide wireless network communication through the transceiver, wherein the processor is configured to provide dual connectivity, DC, communication through a master node (600a) using a master cell group, MCG, over a first radio interface between the wireless terminal and the master node and through a secondary node (600b) using a secondary cell group, SCG, over a second radio interface between the wireless terminal and the secondary node, and wherein the processor is configured to,

configure a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, for the wireless terminal using dual connectivity through the MCG over the first radio interface with the master node and through the SCG over the second radio interface with the secondary node, wherein the wireless terminal is configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB, and

transmit an SCG failure information message regarding failure of the SCG to the master node using the MCG responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second

radio interface while configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB.

24. The wireless terminal (500) of Claim 23, wherein transmitting the SCG failure information message comprises transmitting the SCG failure information message using uplink resources defined by an uplink grant from the master node, and wherein the uplink grant from the master node is an uplink grant for the MCG, and wherein the processor is further configured to,

transmit a scheduling request, SR, to the master node before detecting failure of the SCG, and

receive the uplink grant for the MCG from the master node, wherein the uplink grant corresponds to the scheduling request, SR.

25. The wireless terminal (500) of Claim 24, wherein transmitting the SCG failure information message comprises transmitting the SCG failure information message using uplink resources defined by an uplink grant from the master node, and wherein the processor is further configured to,

transmit a scheduling request, SR, to the master node responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface while configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB, wherein the scheduling request includes an indication that the scheduling request is for high priority SRB 1 data, and

receive the uplink grant for the MCG from the master node, wherein the uplink grant corresponds to the scheduling request.

26. The wireless terminal (500) of any of Claims 23-25, wherein the processor is further configured to,

switch an uplink path of a split data radio bearer, DRB, and/or a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, to use only the MCG over the first radio interface responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface.

27. The wireless terminal (500) of any of Claims 23-25, wherein the processor is further configured to,

deactivate DC duplication on any split data radio bearer, DRB, and/or signaling radio bearer, SRB responsive to detecting failure of the SCG over the second radio interface.

28. The wireless terminal (500) of any of Claims 23-27, wherein the split SRB is a split first signaling radio bearer, SRB 1.

29. A first network node (600a) comprising:

a transceiver (601) configured to provide wireless network communication with a wireless terminal;

a network interface (607) configured to provide network communication with other network nodes; and

a processor (603) coupled with the transceiver and the network interface, wherein the processor is configured to provide communication with the wireless terminal through the transceiver, wherein the processor is configured to provide communication with the other network nodes through the network interface, wherein the processor is configured to

operate in cooperation with a second network node (600b) to provide dual connectivity, DC, communication with a wireless terminal (500) so that the first network node operates as a master node using a master cell group, MCG, over a first radio interface between the first network node and the wireless terminal and so that the second network node operates as a secondary node using a secondary cell group, SCG, over a second radio interface between the secondary node and the wireless terminal, and wherein the processor is configured to,

configure a split signaling radio bearer, SRB, for the wireless terminal using dual connectivity through the MCG over the first radio interface with the wireless terminal and through the SCG over the second radio interface with the wireless terminal, wherein the wireless terminal is configured to use the SCG over the second radio interface for the split SRB without using the MCG over the first radio interface for the split SRB,

receive an SCG failure indication message from the second network node wherein the SCG failure indication message indicates failure of the SCG with the wireless terminal, and

determine that the SCG over the second radio interface with the wireless terminal has failed responsive to receiving the SCG failure indication.

30. The first network node (600a) of Claim 29, wherein the processor is further configured to,

prioritize scheduling for the wireless terminal relative to other wireless terminals responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed.

31. The first network node (600a) of any of Claims 29-30, wherein the processor is further configured to,

suspend downlink transmissions of the split SRB through the second network node and the SCG to the wireless terminal responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed.

32. The first network node (600a) of any of Claims 29-31, wherein the processor is further configured to,

suspend downlink transmissions of all split SRBs and/or all split DRBs through the second network node and the SCG to the wireless terminal responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed.

33. The first network node (600a) of any of Claims 29-32, wherein the processor is further configured to,

change a bearer type of all SCG data radio bearers, DRBs, to SCG split DRBs and/or MCG split DRBs and/or MCG DRBs responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed,

change a bearer type of all MCG split data radio bearers, DRBs, to MCG DRBs responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed,

change a bearer type of all MCG split signaling radio bearers, SRBs, to MCG SRBs responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed, and/or

change a bearer type of all SCG split data radio bearers, DRBs, to MCG DRBs responsive to determining that the SCG between the second network node and the wireless terminal has failed.