COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM HAVING VARIABLE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE CAPABILITY
 Inventor: Paul W. Dent, Stehag, Sweden
 Assignee: Ericsson Inc., Research Triangle Park, N.C.
 Appl. No.: 299,420
 Filed: Sep. 1,1994
 Int CI.6 H04B7/26
 US. CI 455/445; 455/69; 455/406;
 Field of Search 455/33.1-33.4,
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System performance in a mobile communications system is improved by detecting whether the mobile unit has a particular capability, and adjusting operation of the base station to improve system performance in response to detection that the mobile unit has the particular capability. The capability may be radio reception with lower signal to interference (CyT) requirements. In this case, system performance may be improved by adjusting base station transmitter power to a reduced power range in response to detection that the mobile unit has the particular capability, thereby creating less interference to mobiles that require a higher C/L and increasing system capacity. Detection may include receiving a signal from the mobile unit, wherein the signal is encoded to indicate whether the mobile station has the particular capability. Alternatively, the signal may be a signal that is encoded to identify from which one of a plurality of mobile units the identifying signal was received. In this instance, the base station uses the identifying signal to retrieve a capability-indicating code from a database, which may be located in the subscriber's home exchange. In another aspect of the invention, a lower of two billing rates is selected for billing a mobile unit in response to detection that the mobile unit has the particular capability. This passes along system savings to the subscriber, and creates an incentive for the subscriber to purchase the usually more expensive mobile unit that has the particular capability.
13 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets