08103310 is referenced by 14 patents and cites 23 patents.

Methods and systems are provided for using femtocells to address macro-network backhaul congestion. In an embodiment, a macro base transceiver station (BTS) that has a backhaul connection to a radio network controller (RNC) detects that a current utilization of the backhaul exceeds a backhaul-congestion threshold, and responsively identifies one or more sector-carriers having a respective current air-interface utilization that is less than a respective sector-carrier-congestion threshold for the respective sector-carrier. The macro BTS further identifies one or more femtocells that are positioned in the coverage area of the one or more identified sector-carriers, and offloads some reverse-link traffic to each identified femtocell over the forward link of an identified sector-carrier in whose coverage area the respective identified femtocell is positioned, for forwarding of the offloaded traffic by the one or more identified femtocells over a packet-data network to an intended destination.

Title
Methods and systems for using femtocells to address macro-network backhaul congestion
Application Number
12/537740
Publication Number
8103310 (B1)
Application Date
August 7, 2009
Publication Date
January 24, 2012
Inventor
Hemanth Balaji Pawar
Herndon
VA, US
John W Prock
Peculiar
MO, US
Bhagwan Khanka
Lenexa
KS, US
Anoop K Goyal
Overland Park
KS, US
Shilpa Kowdley Srinivas
Herndon
VA, US
Assignee
Sprint Spectrum
KS, US
IPC
H04B 1/38
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