(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,611,506 Bi
Huang et al. (45) Date of Patent: Aug. 26,2003
A method for allocating traffic between multiple carriers in a wireless communications system measures loading on the communication system and selects an appropriate carrier from multiple carriers, based upon the loading measured. A first carrier is selected if the load on the first carrier is lower than or equal to the lowest loading of any supplemental carrier among the multiple carriers. If the load on the first carrier is not lower, then the subscriber may be assigned either to a supplemental carrier or the first carrier. The carrier assignment of the subscriber depends upon a predetermined threshold, which preferably considers actual or estimated differential interference between the first carrier and the supplemental carrier.
20 Claims, 7 Drawing Sheets