JP5725229B2 - Transmission power control method, communication apparatus, and program - Google Patents

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JP5725229B2
JP5725229B2 JP2014077684A JP2014077684A JP5725229B2 JP 5725229 B2 JP5725229 B2 JP 5725229B2 JP 2014077684 A JP2014077684 A JP 2014077684A JP 2014077684 A JP2014077684 A JP 2014077684A JP 5725229 B2 JP5725229 B2 JP 5725229B2
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  The present invention relates to a transmission power control method, a communication device, and a program.

  In recent years, discussions have been underway to make it possible to use a frequency band for a secondary communication service in accordance with the usage status of a frequency band (spectrum) used primarily. For example, a standard for opening unused channels (TV white space) included in the frequency band of digital TV broadcasting in the United States to wireless communication is being studied by the IEEE 802.22 working group (see Non-Patent Document 1 below). ).

  Also, according to a recommendation from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in November 2008, secondary use of the TV white space is permitted using a communication device that satisfies certain conditions and is permitted. . This FCC recommendation allowed the IEEE 802.22 standard, which was a pioneer in standardizing secondary use of TV white space, and also covered the movement of the IEEE New Study Group. As a technical content, for example, signal detection at a level of −114 [dBm] (for example, assuming that NF (Noise Figure) = 11 [dB] is about SNR = −19 [dB]) using existing technology is performed. Therefore, it is expected that an auxiliary function such as geo-location database access (Geo-location Database Access) is required (see Non-Patent Document 2 below). In addition, the FCC is seeking to open a part of the 250 GHz band of the 5 GHz band as a channel for new secondary use.

  Also, in the EU, there is a movement to assign a dedicated control channel called CPC (Cognitive Pilot Channel) for realizing DSA (Dynamic Spectrum Access) in common throughout the world under a long-term strategy. The CPC allocation is incorporated in the 2011 ITU (International Telecommunication Union) -WP11 agenda. Furthermore, technical studies for the secondary usage system that performs DSA are also being carried out in IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee (SCC) 41.

  Against this background, in recent years, some research reports have been made on secondary usage of frequency bands when a broadcasting system, satellite communication system, or mobile communication system is assumed to be a primary system. ing. For example, the following Non-Patent Document 3 proposes a system architecture for operating a wireless system using the IEEE 802.11a standard on a UHF (Ultra High Frequency) TV white space. Non-Patent Document 4 below also proposes a form in which the position information of the service area of the primary system is used as external information, similarly targeting TV white space.

  During secondary use of a frequency band, the secondary use system (secondary system) is usually required to operate so as not to degrade the communication quality of the primary system. Therefore, when transmitting a radio signal in the secondary system, it is desirable to control the transmission power to avoid interference with the node of the primary system.

  With regard to such transmission power control, in the case of secondary use of TV white space as in Non-Patent Document 3 or 4 below, it is possible to confirm in advance that the secondary used channel is not completely used. It can often be determined that the maximum level of transmit power may be used. On the other hand, Non-Patent Document 5 below proposes to adaptively control transmission power in a system with low priority to protect nodes in the system with high priority.

  Further, Non-Patent Document 6 below describes communication before and after secondary use in a primary system when a system such as a mobile communication system in which the reception environment of a terminal changes due to the influence of fading or the like depending on the location is used as the primary system. The ratio of capacity (communication capacity retention rate) is adopted as a protection standard, and a technique of transmission power control for satisfying the communication capacity retention ratio is proposed.

"IEEE802.22 WG on WRANs", [online], [searched January 5, 2009], Internet <URL: http://www.ieee802.org/22/> "SECOND REPORT AND ORDER AND MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER", [online], [searched July 10, 2009], Internet <URL: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-260A1. pdf> Alan Bok et al., "Cognitive Radio System using IEEE802.11a over UHF TVWS", Motorola, Oct 2008 D. Gueny et al., "Geo-location database techniques for incubent protection in the TV White space", DySPAN, Oct 2008 H.Fujii and H.Yoshino (NTT docomo), "Spectrum sharing by adaptive transmit power control for low priority system and its achievable capacity", CrownCom, May 2008 Inage et al., "Examination of cognitive radio frequency sharing based on primary communication capacity retention ratio", IEICE Technical Report SR2009, May 2009

  Here, in order to use the limited frequency band sufficiently effectively, the above-described white space, that is, a frequency band in a region where a communication service related to primary use (hereinafter referred to as a first communication service) is not provided. It is not enough to realize secondary use of. One reason for this is that secondary use of white space seeks to make use of frequency bands that are clearly vacant in the medium to long term in a specific area. This is because the communication service is limited to an area where there are few users. In addition, for example, regarding secondary use of TV white space in the United States, it is predicted that a part of the frequency band will be auctioned and the band left for secondary use will be small.

  Thus, for example, it is conceivable that the frequency band is secondarily used within the service area of the first communication service with the permission of the coordinator (for example, base station) of the first communication service. In addition, for example, in the area inside or around the service area of the first communication service, the first communication is performed in an area where the signal reception status is relatively poor due to the influence of shadowing (fading) or fading. It is also conceivable to use secondary frequency bands that cannot be used for services. In such a secondary usage case, it is assumed that the primary system node (hereinafter referred to as the primary usage node) and the secondary system node (hereinafter referred to as the secondary usage node) are closer to each other. . Therefore, a transmission power control mechanism that further improves adaptability and suppresses interference is desired. For example, in the method described in Non-Patent Document 6, the overall communication capacity of the primary system in one cell is reduced at a certain rate, and the reduced amount is allocated to the secondary system. There remains a risk that reception of a radio signal (primary signal) at a node is locally difficult due to interference from a surrounding secondary usage node.

  Therefore, the present invention provides a new and improved transmission power control method and communication capable of realizing more communication opportunities by secondary usage while suppressing interference given to the primary system during secondary usage of the frequency band. An apparatus and a program are to be provided.

  According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method executed by a control unit of a communication device for controlling transmission power in a second communication service that secondarily uses a frequency band allocated to the first communication service. And obtaining the allowable interference power allocated to the second communication service, and when there are two or more secondary usage nodes to which transmission power should be allocated, the two or more secondary usages Calculating an interference power level for the first communication service based on the required transmission power for each of the nodes, and if the calculated interference power level is greater than the allowed interference power, Excluding at least one secondary usage node of the two or more secondary usage nodes from transmission power allocation, the at least one secondary usage node In the above-described step of excluding a communication node from transmission power allocation, an exclusion is made according to a condition in which the communication capacity is maximized after any secondary usage node is excluded according to each of the two or more conditions. A method is provided in which a secondary usage node to be determined is determined.

  According to this configuration, the allowable interference power allocated to the second communication service that secondarily uses the frequency band allocated to the first communication service is acquired, and the second communication service 2 is subscribed to. When the interference power level to the first communication service calculated based on the transmission power required for each of the secondary usage nodes is greater than the allowable interference power, among the two or more conditions Secondary usage nodes determined according to conditions that maximize the communication capacity after exclusion are excluded from transmission power allocation.

  According to another embodiment of the present invention, communication is possible with one or more secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the second communication service that secondary uses the frequency band allocated to the first communication service. A communication unit and a control unit that controls transmission power used by the secondary usage node, and the control unit obtains an allowable interference power allocated to the second communication service, When there are two or more secondary usage nodes to which transmission power should be allocated, the interference power level to the first communication service is calculated based on the transmission power required for each of the two or more secondary usage nodes If the calculated interference power level is larger than the allowable interference power, at least one of the two or more secondary usage nodes is excluded from transmission power allocation. The control unit, when excluding the at least one secondary usage node from transmission power allocation, communication capacity after excluding one of the secondary usage nodes according to each of the two or more conditions A communication device is provided that determines a secondary usage node to be excluded in accordance with a condition that maximizes.

  According to another embodiment of the present invention, communication is possible with one or more secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the second communication service that secondary uses the frequency band allocated to the first communication service. A control unit for controlling a transmission power used by the secondary usage node, the computer controlling the communication device comprising a communication unit, wherein the allowable interference power allocated to the second communication service is determined. Interference power to the first communication service based on transmission power required for each of the two or more secondary usage nodes when there are two or more secondary usage nodes to be acquired and assigned transmission power If the calculated interference power level is greater than the allowable interference power, at least one secondary usage node among the two or more secondary usage nodes is transmitted. When the at least one secondary usage node is excluded from the transmission power allocation, the control unit according to each of the two or more conditions is excluded from the power allocation. A program is provided for determining a secondary usage node to be excluded in accordance with a condition in which the communication capacity after the exclusion of any secondary usage node is maximized.

  As described above, according to the transmission power control method, the communication apparatus, and the program according to the present invention, more communication opportunities can be obtained by secondary use while suppressing interference given to the primary system during secondary use of the frequency band. Can be realized.

It is a schematic diagram which shows the 1st example in which a primary utilization node receives interference by the secondary utilization of a frequency band. It is a schematic diagram which shows the 2nd example in which a primary utilization node receives interference by secondary utilization of a frequency band. It is a 1st schematic diagram for demonstrating the influence of the interference according to a communication system and a channel direction. It is a 2nd schematic diagram for demonstrating the influence of the interference according to a communication system and a channel direction. It is a 3rd schematic diagram for demonstrating the influence of the interference according to a communication system and a channel direction. It is a 4th schematic diagram for demonstrating the influence of the interference according to a communication system and a channel direction. It is a 1st schematic diagram for demonstrating the interference between 2nd communication services. It is a 2nd schematic diagram for demonstrating the interference between 2nd communication services. It is explanatory drawing for demonstrating the outline | summary of the communication system which concerns on 1st Embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows an example of the logical structure of the management node which concerns on 1st Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the flow of the transmission power determination process which concerns on 1st Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the flow of the transmission power distribution process which concerns on 1st Embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows an example of a logical structure of the terminal device which concerns on 1st Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the flow of the transmission power control process in the terminal device which concerns on 1st Embodiment. It is explanatory drawing for demonstrating the outline | summary of the communication system which concerns on 2nd Embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows an example of the logical structure of the management node which concerns on 2nd Embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows an example of the logical structure of the terminal measure which concerns on 2nd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the flow of the transmission power determination process which concerns on 2nd Embodiment. It is explanatory drawing for demonstrating the outline | summary of the secondary system which concerns on 3rd Embodiment. It is a block diagram which shows an example of the logical structure of the terminal device which concerns on 3rd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the 1st example of the flow of the transmission power control process which concerns on 3rd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the 2nd example of the flow of the transmission power control process which concerns on 3rd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the 3rd example of the flow of the transmission power control process which concerns on 3rd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the 4th example of the flow of the transmission power control process which concerns on 3rd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the 5th example of the flow of the transmission power control process which concerns on 3rd Embodiment. It is explanatory drawing for demonstrating the application to TV band.

  Exemplary embodiments of the present invention will be described below in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. In addition, in this specification and drawing, about the component which has the substantially same function structure, duplication description is abbreviate | omitted by attaching | subjecting the same code | symbol.

Further, the “DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION” will be described in the following order.
1. 1. Interference control model according to one embodiment 1-1. Example of interference due to secondary use of frequency band 1-2. Explanation of interference control model 1-3. Comparison of channels for secondary use 1-4. Examination of interference between second communication services 1-5. Distribution of transmission power between second communication services 1-6. Scope of the term secondary use First embodiment 2-1. Overview of communication system 2-2. Configuration example of management node 2-3. Configuration example of terminal device 2-4. Summary of first embodiment Second embodiment 3-1. Overview of communication system 3-2. Configuration example of management node 3-3. Configuration example of terminal device 3-4. Summary of Second Embodiment 4. Third embodiment 4-1. Outline of secondary system 4-2. Configuration example of terminal device having role of coordinator 4-3. Example of transmission power control processing 4-4. Summary of the third embodiment 5. Application to TV band

<1. Interference Control Model According to One Embodiment>
[1-1. Example of interference due to secondary use of frequency band]
First, with reference to FIG. 1A and FIG. 1B, a simplified example in which a primary usage node receives interference due to secondary usage of a frequency band will be described. FIG. 1A and FIG. 1B are schematic diagrams illustrating an example in which any primary usage node included in the primary system receives interference due to secondary usage of a frequency band.

Referring to FIG. 1A, primary usage nodes Pn 1 and Pn 2 are located inside the cell 10 of the first communication service. Among these, the primary usage node Pn 1 is a base station (PBS: Primary Base Station) that provides a first communication service to terminal devices (also referred to as user equipment (UE)) located inside the cell 10. is there. The first communication service may be any communication service including, for example, a digital TV broadcast service, a satellite communication service, or a mobile communication service. On the other hand, the primary usage node Pn 2 is a terminal device (PUE: Primary User Equipment) that receives provision of the first communication service. The primary usage node Pn 1 and the primary usage node Pn 2 and the other primary usage nodes in the figure form a primary system by transmitting and receiving radio signals using the frequency band allocated to the first communication service. .

FIG. 1A also shows a plurality of secondary usage nodes Sn 1 , Sn 2 , Sn 3 and Sn 4 located inside the cell 10. These secondary usage nodes use part or all of the frequency band allocated to the first communication service in accordance with a predetermined spectrum policy (frequency usage rule) (that is, secondary use of the frequency band). ) Operate the second communication service to form a secondary system. The second communication service may be a wireless communication service implemented according to any wireless communication protocol such as, for example, IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / s, Zigbee, or WiMedia. A plurality of secondary systems may be formed in one cell. In the example of FIG. 1A, different secondary systems are formed in the regions 12a, 12b, and 12c inside the cell 10, respectively. Although the primary usage node and the secondary usage node are described separately from the viewpoint of clarity of explanation here, a part of the primary usage node may operate as the secondary usage node.

As shown in FIG. 1A, when the second communication service is operated inside the cell 10 of the first communication service, the radio signal transmitted for the second communication service is the first communication service. There is a risk of interference. The example of FIG. 1A shows the possibility that radio signals transmitted from the secondary usage nodes Sn 1 , Sn 2 and Sn 3 may interfere with uplink signals transmitted from the primary usage node Pn 2 to the primary usage node Pn 1 . ing. In this case, the primary usage node Pn 1 may not normally receive the uplink signal or may not obtain the desired service quality even if it can be received.

Similar to FIG. 1A, also in FIG. 1B, the primary usage nodes Pn 1 and Pn 2 are located inside the cell 10 of the first communication service, and the primary usage node Pn 1 as a base station is the primary usage node Pn 1. first communication service is provided to the usage node Pn 2. Further, secondary usage nodes Sn 1 , Sn 2 , Sn 3 and Sn 4 are shown inside the cell 10 of the first communication service. In the example of FIG. 1B, the radio signals transmitted from the secondary usage nodes Sn 1 , Sn 2 , Sn 3 and Sn 4 can interfere with the downlink signal transmitted from the primary usage node Pn 1 to the primary usage node Pn 2 . Showing sex. In this case, the primary usage node Pn 2 may not normally receive the downlink signal or may not obtain the desired quality of service even if it can be received.

  One solution to prevent such interference due to secondary use of the frequency band and not to adversely affect the first communication service, such as degradation of communication quality, is used for transmission of radio signals from the secondary use node. Is to reduce the transmission power to be transmitted. On the other hand, if the transmission power is low, the communication capacity of the second communication service decreases and the communication quality also deteriorates. Therefore, it is beneficial to increase the transmission power for the second communication service as much as possible without causing interference to the first communication service. Then, next, the relationship between the interference to the 1st communication service by the secondary usage of a frequency band and the transmission power used in a secondary usage node is demonstrated.

[1-2. Explanation of interference control model]
When attention is paid to a one-to-one relationship between a secondary usage node that gives interference by secondary usage and a primary usage node that receives interference (hereinafter referred to as an interfered node), the interference is the affected node. In order to be permitted, the following relational expression (1) needs to be satisfied. The interfered node may correspond to, for example, the primary usage node Pn 1 in FIG. 1A or the primary usage node Pn 2 in FIG. 1B.

Here, SINR required represents the minimum SINR (Signal to Interference and Noise Ratio) required in the interfered node. SINR required may be, for example, the minimum reception sensitivity of the interfered node or the minimum SINR given according to QoS (Quality of Service). P rx_primary and primary represent the reception level of the radio signal required in the first communication service, and P rx_primary and secondary represent the reception level of the radio signal transmitted from the secondary usage node at the interfered node. N primary represents interference or noise level (including one or both of interference level and noise level) that can be applied to the interfered node.

  Further, the reception level of the radio signal is represented by the transmission power and path loss of the radio signal, as shown in the following formulas (2) and (3).

Here, P tx_secondary represents the transmission power of the radio signal in the secondary usage node, and L path_tx_secondary represents the path loss on the communication path from the secondary usage node to the interfered node. P tx_primary represents the transmission power of the radio signal in the first communication service, and L path_tx_primary represents the path loss on the communication path of the radio signal in the first communication service. Therefore, the relational expression (1) is transformed as the following expression.

The interference or noise level N primary included in the equations (1) and (4) is, for example, the Boltzmann constant k = 1.38 × 10 −23 [J / K], the absolute temperature T [K], noise Using the exponent (noise figure) NF and the band BW [Hz], it can be calculated as:

Here, I primary is interference between adjacent cells in the first communication service, and interference in a cell in a heterogeneous environment in which a femto cell, a small cell or a relay node is overlaid on a macro cell, or out-of-band radiation. Interference may be included. Further, the path loss on the communication path of the radio signal usually depends on the distance d between the two nodes, and can be calculated as the following equation as an example.

Here, d 0 is the reference distance, λ is the wavelength of the carrier frequency, and n is the propagation coefficient.

  Next, the relational expression (4) is further transformed as the following expression.

  If the transmission power of the secondary usage node is controlled so that this relational expression (7) is satisfied, at least in the local one-to-one relationship between the secondary usage node and the interfered node, the interference is It can be tolerated at the interfered node. Furthermore, when there are a plurality of secondary usage nodes, it is required to satisfy the following relational expression, where n is the total number of secondary usage nodes that are interference sources.

Therefore, assuming that the largest possible communication capacity or high communication quality is ensured even in the second communication service, the interference power level I acceptable that is generally allowed for the second communication service is given by the following equation. Given.

Here, since the parameter on the right side and the value of the path loss L path_tx_secondary, i on the left side in Expression (9) are known, only the transmission power P tx_secondary, i corresponding to the interference power level I acceptable is a parameter to be determined. . Equation (9) may be understood as an evaluation equation for evaluating the total amount of interference power allowed to be given to the primary system by the secondary system.

  That is, the secondary usage node that secondary uses the frequency band allocated to the first communication service transmits the transmission power within a range that satisfies the formula (9) as a whole when focusing on each interfered node. It is desirable to control power.

[1-3. Comparison of channels for secondary use]
FIG. 2A to FIG. 2D are schematic diagrams for explaining the influence of interference at the time of secondary use according to the communication method used for the first communication service and the channel direction.

Each figure shows a primary usage node Pn 1 as a base station and three primary usage nodes Pn 2 , Pn 3 and Pn 4 as PUEs. These primary usage nodes Pn 1 , Pn 2 , Pn 3 and Pn 4 form a primary system using an OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) scheme in the example of FIGS. 2A and 2B. . The primary system in that case may be, for example, a WiMAX (registered trademark) system, an LTE (Long Term Evolution) system, or an LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) system. In addition, the primary usage nodes Pn 1 , Pn 2 , Pn 3, and Pn 4 form a primary system using a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) method in the examples of FIGS. 2C and 2D. The primary system in that case may be, for example, UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) or W-CDMA (Wideband-CDMA).

Each figure also shows the secondary usage node Sn 1 . The secondary usage node Sn 1 transmits / receives a radio signal (Secondary Signal) for the second communication service to / from another secondary usage node located in the region 12d, and thereby primary Interference with usage nodes Pn 1 , Pn 2 , Pn 3 and Pn 4 may occur. The influence range of the interference depends on the communication method and channel direction of the first communication service that is the target of secondary use, as will be described below.

First, referring to FIG. 2A, when an OFDMA based uplink channel is secondarily used, interference may only occur for uplink signals from any one PUE of the primary system to the base station. In the example of FIG. 2A, the secondary signal from the secondary usage node Sn 1 interferes with the uplink signal from the primary usage node Pn 2 to the primary usage node (base station) Pn 1 . In this case, uplink signals from other PUEs are pre-assigned to different resource blocks (or different frequency slots or time slots) and thus are not affected by the secondary signal.

Next, with reference to FIG. 2B, if the OFDMA based downlink channel is secondarily utilized, interference may occur for the downlink signal from the base station of the primary system to each PUE. In the example of FIG. 2B, the secondary signal from the secondary usage node Sn 1 interferes with the downlink signal from the primary usage node (base station) Pn 1 to the primary usage nodes Pn 2 , Pn 3 and Pn 4 . . This is because a downlink signal (for example, a control channel signal) can be transmitted using a common resource block or the like for a plurality of PUEs.

Next, with reference to FIG. 2C, if a CDMA based uplink channel is secondary utilized, interference may occur for the uplink signal from each PUE of the primary system to the base station. In the example of FIG. 2C, the secondary signal from the secondary usage node Sn 1 interferes with the uplink signal from the primary usage nodes Pn 2 , Pn 3 and Pn 4 to the primary usage node (base station) Pn 1 . . In general, in the CDMA system, since the primary signal is spread over the entire band using a spreading code assigned to each PUE and transmitted simultaneously, the secondary signal interferes with the primary signals from a plurality of PUEs in this way. obtain.

Next, with reference to FIG. 2D, if a CDMA downlink channel is secondarily utilized, interference may occur for the downlink signal from the primary system base station to each PUE. In the example of FIG. 2D, the secondary signal from the secondary usage node Sn 1 interferes with the downlink signal from the primary usage node (base station) Pn 1 to the primary usage nodes Pn 2 , Pn 3 and Pn 4 . . This is because downlink signals (for example, control channel signals) can be commonly received by a plurality of PUEs, and primary signals are spread over the entire band and transmitted at the same time as CDMA uplink channels. Is the cause.

  Table 1 summarizes the range of influence of interference and technical requirements when the four types of channels described above are used for secondary use.

  Referring to Table 1, as described above, the influence range of interference is the smallest in the uplink channel of the OFDMA scheme. That is, when the OFDMA uplink channel is secondarily used, interference may only occur in the link from one UE (“a UE”) to the base station, while the other channel is used as the secondary channel. When utilized, interference may occur on links associated with multiple UEs. From the viewpoint of functional requirements, in the CDMA system, it is necessary to detect a spreading code for sensing the primary signal, whereas in the OFDMA system, only UL (Uplink) or DL (Downlink) synchronization is required. Is easier to implement. Furthermore, the minimum reception sensitivity is, for example, −120 dBm (in the case of UMTS) in the CDMA system, and −90 dBm (in the case of WiMAX) in the OFDMA system, and it can be said that the OFDMA system is less susceptible to interference. Therefore, it can be said that, in the secondary use of the frequency band, it is desirable to secondary use the frequency band of the uplink channel among the frequency bands of the first communication service using the OFDMA scheme. Therefore, in an embodiment described later in this specification, description will be made on the premise that secondary use of an OFDMA-type uplink channel is performed. However, the present invention is also applicable to an OFDMA downlink channel or a channel using a communication method other than the OFDMA method.

[1-4. Examination of interference between second communication services]
So far, the interference that the secondary use of the frequency band gives to the first communication service has been described. Next, interference between the second communication services when there are a plurality of second communication services that secondarily use the frequency band assigned to the first communication service will be described.

  3A and 3B are schematic diagrams for explaining interference between second communication services. Among these, FIG. 3A shows an example in which the second communication service is operated in each of the adjacent different cells. On the other hand, FIG. 3B shows an example in which two second communication services are operated in the same cell.

Referring to FIG. 3A, a primary usage node Pn 1d that is a base station located inside the cell 10d and a primary usage node Pn 1e that is a base station located inside the cell 10e are shown. The cell 10d includes secondary usage nodes Sn 1d and Sn 2d and a secondary usage node Sn 2e . The cell 10e includes secondary usage nodes Sn 1e and Sn 2e and a secondary usage node Sn 2d . Among these, the secondary usage nodes Sn 1d and Sn 2d operate the second communication service within the area 12d. Further, the secondary usage nodes Sn 1e and Sn 2e operate the second communication service in the area 12e.

Here, when the first communication service uses, for example, the OFDMA scheme, typically, different frequencies are assigned to channel frequencies used between adjacent cells by an interference avoidance algorithm between adjacent cells. In the example of FIG. 3A, the uplink channel frequency of the cell 10d is F1, and the uplink channel frequency of the cell 10e is F2. Therefore, when the OFDMA uplink channel is a secondary usage target, the frequency used for communication between the secondary usage nodes Sn 1d and Sn 2d is F1, and the secondary usage nodes Sn 1e and Sn 2e are The frequency used for communication between is F2. As a result, although the area 12d and the area 12e overlap each other in the example of FIG. 3A, the secondary signals transmitted and received by the secondary usage node Sn 2d and the secondary usage node Sn 2e located at the overlapping locations are as follows: They do not interfere (or collide) with each other.

On the other hand, referring to FIG. 3B, a primary usage node Pn 1d, which is a base station located inside the cell 10d, is shown. The cell 10d includes secondary usage nodes Sn 1d and Sn 2d and secondary usage nodes Sn 1f and Sn 2f . Among these, the secondary usage nodes Sn 1d and Sn 2d operate the second communication service within the area 12d. Also, the secondary usage nodes Sn 1f and Sn 2f operate the second communication service within the area 12f. In this case, the frequency used for the communication between the secondary usage nodes Sn 1d and Sn 2d and the frequency used for the communication between the secondary usage nodes Sn 1f and Sn 2f are both F1. As a result, in the secondary usage node Sn 2d and the secondary usage node Sn 2f that are located where the region 12d and the region 12f overlap, there is a possibility that secondary signals transmitted and received by both will interfere (or collide). is there.

  Therefore, when the second communication service is operated by secondary use of, for example, an OFDMA uplink channel among the frequency bands allocated to the first communication service, at least another second communication in the same cell. It is understood that it is desirable to consider the existence of services.

[1-5. Distribution of transmission power between second communication services]
When the allowable interference power of the second communication service is determined according to the above-described interference control model, if two or more second communication services exist in the same cell, the allowable communication power is determined between the second communication services. It is necessary to further distribute the transmission power according to the interference power. For example, when a plurality of secondary usage nodes start secondary usage of a frequency band as a coordinator, the transmission power of each beacon is such that the transmission power of the beacon transmitted by each coordinator satisfies the allowable interference power as a whole. Should be controlled. It is also conceivable that transmission power is further distributed between secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the second communication service. Three standards of equality, non-uniformity, and interference margin reduction are proposed as such transmission power distribution criteria.

(Equal type)
The equal type is a distribution criterion that equally assigns transmission power according to the allowable interference power determined according to the above-described interference control model to two or more second communication services. In the uniform distribution standard, the transmission power value P tx_secondary, i allocated to the i-th (i = 1,..., N) second communication service among the n second communication services is expressed by the following equation. Led.

The right side of Expression (10) is obtained by dividing the right side of Expression (9) by a coefficient K based on path loss L path_tx_secondary, i . According to such a transmission power distribution standard, communication opportunities can be equally provided to the coordinators of the individual second communication services, so that the service is fair and clear from the user's point of view. However, the individual interference levels that the secondary usage node gives to the primary usage node are non-uniform. When the transmission power is distributed among the secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the second communication service, the value of n in the determination of the coefficient K is the second value instead of the total number of the second communication services. It may be the total number of secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the communication service.

(Non-uniform type)
The non-equal type is a distribution criterion that non-uniformly allocates transmission power according to the allowable interference power determined according to the above-described interference control model to two or more second communication services. In the non-uniform distribution criterion, the transmission power value P tx_secondary, i depends on the distance between the secondary usage node and the interfered node, and is derived according to the following equation.

  In the right side of equation (11), the value obtained by dividing the right side of equation (9) by the total number n of the second communication services is further weighted by the ratio of the path loss for each secondary usage node to the total path loss. Is. According to such a transmission power distribution standard, a secondary usage node having a longer distance to the interfered node can obtain more communication opportunities or communication distances. Thereby, the communication range as a whole can also be maximized.

(Interference margin reduction type)
The interference margin reduction type further reduces the risk of causing interference to the primary usage node by estimating the number of secondary usage nodes serving as interference sources to include the surplus number (that is, providing an “interference margin”). ) Distribution standard. In the distribution criterion of the interference margin reduction type, the transmission power value P tx_secondary, i is derived according to the following equation.

N estimation in Expression (12) represents a value obtained by estimating the total number of secondary usage nodes serving as interference sources so as to include the surplus number. For example, the value of N estimation is such that if the total number of secondary usage nodes as interference sources is 10, the transmission power is reduced by 10 [dB], and if it is 100, the transmission power is reduced by 20 [dB]. Can be set.

  The characteristics of these three transmission power distribution standards are summarized in Table 2.

  Note that the node that distributes the transmission power may distribute the transmission power according to one criterion selected in advance among the three transmission power distribution criteria described above. Instead, the nodes that distribute the transmission power are evaluated values such as the total communication capacity given to all secondary usage nodes (or secondary usage nodes with high priority), or the total number of secondary links established. The transmission power may be distributed by adaptively selecting the criterion that results in the maximum.

[1-6. Scope of the term secondary use]
Here, in the present specification, the term “secondary use” is typically used additionally or partially using all or part of the frequency band allocated to the first communication service, as described above. The use of an alternative communication service (second communication service). In the meaning of the term “secondary use”, the first communication service and the second communication service may be different types of communication services, or may be the same type of communication services. . The different types of communication services are, for example, two or more that can be selected from any communication service such as a digital TV broadcast service, a satellite communication service, a mobile communication service, a wireless LAN access service, or a P2P (Peer To Peer) connection service. Refers to different types of communication services. On the other hand, the same type of communication service is, for example, a service by a macro cell provided by a communication carrier in a mobile communication service and a service by a femto cell operated by a user or a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). The relationship between can be included. The same type of communication service covers a spectrum hall and a service provided by a base station in a communication service compliant with WiMAX, LTE (Long Term Evolution), LTE-A (LTE-Advanced), or the like. Therefore, the relationship between services provided by a relay station (relay node) may also be included. Furthermore, the second communication service may use a plurality of fragmented frequency bands aggregated using a spectrum aggregation technique. Further, the second communication service is provided by the femtocell group, the relay station group, and the small / medium base station group that provides a smaller service area than the base station, which exist in the service area provided by the base station. It may be a simple communication service. The gist of each embodiment of the present invention described in the present specification is widely applicable to all kinds of secondary usage forms.

  So far, the proposed interference control model has been described, and the relevant technical considerations have been described in order. Next, based on these, three embodiments of the transmission power control method for improving the adaptability of the transmission power control at the time of secondary use of the frequency band and suppressing interference given to the primary system will be described.

<2. First Embodiment>
[2-1. Overview of communication system]
FIG. 4 is an explanatory diagram for explaining an overview of the communication system according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

  Referring to FIG. 4, a primary system 102 in which the first communication service is operated and secondary systems 202a and 202b in which the second communication service is operated are shown. Among these, the primary system 102 includes a management node 100 and a plurality of primary usage nodes 104.

  The management node 100 is a primary usage node having a role of managing secondary usage of the frequency band assigned to the first communication service. In the example of FIG. 4, a base station is shown as the management node 100, but the management node 100 is not limited to this example. That is, the management node 100 may be a primary usage node other than a base station, or may be another node (for example, a data server) connected to the base station by wire or wireless. In the present embodiment, the management node 100 can access the database 106 that holds position data representing the position of the primary usage node included in the primary system 102.

  The primary usage node 104 is a node that transmits and receives a radio signal for the first communication service in the primary system 102. When the primary usage node 104 joins the primary system 102, location data representing the location is registered in the database 106.

  Database 106 is typically implemented as a geolocation database. In the present embodiment, the database 106 outputs location data for each primary usage node to the management node 100 in response to a request from the management node 100. The database 106 may be configured integrally with the management node 100, or may be configured as a separate device from the management node 100.

  On the other hand, the secondary system 202a includes a terminal device 200a and a plurality of secondary usage nodes 204a. Similarly, the secondary system 202b includes a terminal device 200b and a plurality of secondary usage nodes 204b.

  The terminal devices 200a and 200b are secondary usage nodes having the role of a coordinator (SSC: Secondary Spectrum Coordinator) that operates to start secondary usage of the frequency band allocated to the first communication service. That is, each of the terminal devices 200a and 200b determines whether or not secondary usage is possible according to a predetermined spectrum policy, receives transmission power allocation from the management node 100, and receives the second communication service together with the secondary usage node 204a or 204b. To start. The terminal devices 200a and 200b may operate as, for example, an engine for cognitive radio (CE: Cognitive Engine).

  The secondary usage nodes 204a and 204b are nodes that transmit and receive radio signals for the second communication service in the secondary systems 202a and 202b, respectively.

  In the following description of the present specification, the terminal devices 200a and 200b are collectively referred to as the terminal device 200 by omitting the alphabet at the end of the reference numerals, unless it is necessary to distinguish the terminal devices 200a and 200b from each other. The same applies to secondary systems 202a and 202b (secondary system 202) and secondary usage nodes 204a and 204b (secondary usage node 204).

[2-2. Example of management node configuration]
(Description of each functional block)
FIG. 5 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a logical configuration of the management node 100 illustrated in FIG. Referring to FIG. 5, the management node 100 includes a communication unit 110, a database input / output unit 120, a storage unit 130, and a control unit 140.

  The communication unit 110 transmits and receives radio signals to and from the primary usage node 104 using a communication interface that may include an antenna, an RF circuit, a baseband circuit, and the like, according to a predetermined communication method of the first communication service. Moreover, the communication part 110 receives the position data of the said terminal device 200 from the terminal device 200, and outputs the received position data to the control part 140 so that it may demonstrate further later.

  The database input / output unit 120 mediates access to the database 106 by the control unit 140. That is, the database input / output unit 120 acquires position data representing the position of the primary usage node 104 from the database 106 in response to a request from the control unit 140, and outputs the acquired position data to the control unit 140. Further, when the location data is received from the primary usage node 104 newly joined to the primary system 102 via the communication unit 110, the database input / output unit 120 registers the location data in the database 106. Further, the database input / output unit 120 may acquire and output position data stored in the database 106 in response to an inquiry from an external device.

  The storage unit 130 stores programs and data used for the operation of each unit of the management node 100 using a recording medium such as a hard disk or a semiconductor memory. Furthermore, in the present embodiment, the storage unit 130 stores various parameters required for transmission power calculation according to the above-described interference control model. The parameters stored in the storage unit 130 include, for example, parameters related to the quality of radio signals required in the first communication service (for example, required radio signal reception level, signal-to-interference and noise ratio), and Parameters regarding interference or noise level in the first communication service may be included. Note that the values of these parameters may be updated dynamically. For example, the required radio signal quality value may be dynamically updated according to the type of application to be provided to the primary usage node. Further, for example, the value of the interference or noise level can be dynamically updated by sensing via the communication unit 110.

  The control unit 140 controls the overall functions of the management node 100 using a control device such as a CPU (Central Processing Unit). In the present embodiment, the control unit 140 allows the second communication service according to the above-described interference control model when the terminal device 200 secondary uses the frequency band assigned to the first communication service. Determine the power. The transmission power determination process performed by the control unit 140 will be described in detail later. Furthermore, when there are two or more second communication services, the control unit 140 distributes the determined transmission power to the two or more second communication services. The transmission power distribution process performed by the control unit 140 will be described in detail later. Then, the control unit 140 notifies each terminal device 200 of the determined or distributed transmission power value via the communication unit 110.

(Transmission power decision process flow)
FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a flow of transmission power determination processing for determining the transmission power allowed for the second communication service by the control unit 140 of the management node 100.

  Referring to FIG. 6, first, the control unit 140 receives position data of the terminal device 200 from the terminal device 200 via the communication unit 110 (step S102). In this specification, the position data refers to, for example, latitude and longitude values measured using the GPS function, or coordinate values based on a predetermined reference point measured by applying an arrival direction estimation algorithm, etc. May be included. Further, the control unit 140 may receive not only the position data of the terminal device 200 but also the position data of each secondary usage node 204 from the terminal device 200.

  Next, the control unit 140 acquires the location data of the primary usage node from the database 106 via the database input / output unit 120. The control unit 140 acquires necessary parameters from the storage unit 130 (step S104). Note that, as in the example illustrated in FIG. 2A, when the OFDMA uplink channel is secondarily used, the interfered node is only the base station. Therefore, in such a case, in step S104, the control unit 140 may acquire only the position data of the management node 100 that is the base station as the position data of the primary usage node. The necessary parameters in step S104 are, for example, the quality of the radio signal required in the first communication service described above, and the interference or noise level in the first communication service (or parameters for calculating these levels). ) Etc.

Next, the control unit 140 determines the interference power allowed for the second communication service based on the position data and parameters received in step S102 and acquired in step S104 (step S106). More specifically, the control unit 140 can determine the interference power allowed for the second communication service, for example, according to the equation (9) in the above-described interference control model. At that time, for example, the quality of the radio signal required in the first communication service corresponds to the term P rx_primary, primary / SINR required in Equation (9). The interference or noise level corresponds to the N Primary term in equation (9). Further, the value of the path loss L path_tx_secondary, i in Expression (9) can be calculated according to Expression (6) using the distance d derived from the position data of the primary usage node and the position data of each terminal device 200. For example, instead of calculating the value of the individual path loss L path_tx_secondary, i from the position data, the control unit 140 receives the value of the individual path loss L path_tx_secondary, i from each terminal device 200 in step S102. Also good. The value of the path loss L path_tx_secondary, i can be calculated, for example, as the difference between the transmission power value of the downlink signal from the base station and the reception level of the downlink signal in each terminal device 200.

  Next, the control unit 140 determines whether or not it is necessary to distribute the transmission power value (step S108). For example, as illustrated in FIG. 4, when secondary usage is performed by two or more terminal devices 200, the control unit 140 needs to distribute the transmission power value between the two or more terminal devices 200. It is determined that there is. In that case, the process moves to step S110, and the transmission power distribution process is performed by the control unit 140 (step S110). On the other hand, for example, when there is only one terminal device 200 that performs secondary usage and there is no need to distribute the transmission power value, step S110 may be skipped.

  Then, the control unit 140 notifies each terminal device 200 of the determined or distributed transmission power value via the communication unit 110 (step 112). At this time, the control unit 140 transmits, to each terminal device, additional information such as a policy (for example, transmission spectrum mask, modulation method, etc.) to be observed by the secondary usage node in the secondary usage of the frequency band together with the value of the transmission power. 200 may be notified. Thereafter, the second communication service can be started between the terminal device 200 and each secondary usage node 204.

(Transmission power distribution process flow)
FIG. 7 illustrates the transmission power distribution process by the control unit 140 of the management node 100 when there are two or more terminal devices 200, that is, when two or more second communication services are operated in the same cell. It is a flowchart which shows an example of a flow.

  Referring to FIG. 7, first, control unit 140 distributes transmission power according to the allowable interference power determined in step S106 of FIG. 6 according to the first criterion (step S202). Next, the control unit 140 distributes the transmission power corresponding to the same interference power as in step S202 according to the second criterion (step S204). Here, the first reference and the second reference may be, for example, the above-described equal transmission power distribution standard and non-uniform transmission power distribution standard, respectively.

  Next, the control unit 140 evaluates the transmission power distributed according to the first criterion and the transmission power distributed according to the second criterion based on a predetermined evaluation condition (step S206). The predetermined evaluation condition may be, for example, the total communication capacity given to all the terminal devices 200 as a result. In that case, the total communication capacity C can be evaluated according to the following equation.

Here, P tx_secondary, i is the i-th terminal transmission power distributed to the 200, N i denotes the noise level of the i th terminal device 200.

  Moreover, the control part 140 is good also considering only the terminal device 200 with high priority among n terminal devices 200 in Formula (13) as a target of communication capacity totaling. Here, the priority may be given, for example, according to the type or content of the second communication service. For example, a high priority may be defined for a service that requires low delay, such as video distribution or a communication game. Further, a high priority may be defined for a service for which a high service charge is set so as to guarantee a certain service quality. And the said priority can be received with the position data of the terminal device 200 in step S102 of FIG. 6, for example.

  Further, in step S206, the control unit 140 evaluates the total number of links of the second communication service that can be established using the distributed transmission power instead of the communication capacity as in Expression (13). May be. In that case, first, it is determined whether or not each pair of secondary usage nodes that desires communication can establish communication according to the transmission power distributed to each terminal device 200. Then, the number of links determined to be able to establish communication can be aggregated as the total number of links of the second communication service.

  Next, the control unit 140 determines which of the first standard and the second standard is appropriate by comparing the communication capacity or the total number of links evaluated in step S206 (step S208). For example, if the transmission power distributed according to the first standard can achieve a larger communication capacity than the transmission power distributed according to the second standard, it is determined that the first standard is more suitable. obtain. If the transmission power distributed according to the second standard can achieve a larger communication capacity than the transmission power distributed according to the first standard, it is determined that the second standard is more suitable. obtain. If it is determined that the first reference is more suitable, the process proceeds to step S210. On the other hand, if it is determined that the second reference is more suitable, the process proceeds to step S212.

  In step S210, the transmission power distributed according to the first criterion determined to be more suitable is allocated to each terminal device 200 (step S210). On the other hand, in step S212, transmission power distributed according to the second criterion determined to be more suitable is allocated to each terminal device 200 (step S212). Then, the transmission power distribution process shown in FIG. 7 ends.

  Note that, here, an example has been described in which the first standard and the second standard that can correspond to the uniform type and the non-uniform type are evaluated in terms of communication capacity or the number of links that can be established. However, the present invention is not limited to this example. For example, transmission power distribution standards other than the uniform type and the non-uniform type may be adopted. Also, evaluations may be made for three or more transmission power distribution criteria.

[2-3. Example of terminal device configuration]
(Description of each functional block)
FIG. 8 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a logical configuration of the terminal device 200 illustrated in FIG. Referring to FIG. 8, the terminal device 200 includes a first communication unit 210, a second communication unit 220, a storage unit 230, and a control unit 240. In the present embodiment, the terminal device 200 can communicate with the management node 100 via the first communication unit 210, and transmits and receives a radio signal for the second communication service via the second communication unit 220. be able to.

  The first communication unit 210 communicates with the management node 100 according to a predetermined communication method. The channel used for communication between the first communication unit 210 and the management node 100 may be, for example, a cognitive pilot channel (CPC) that is a control channel. The CPC may include, for example, an in-band CPC in which CPC information is extrapolated in an existing communication system (eg, the primary system 102) or an out-band CPC that is a dedicated channel in which CPC information is interpolated.

  For example, the first communication unit 210 sends position data representing the position of its own device to the management node 100 in response to an instruction to start secondary use of the frequency band (an instruction operation by a user or a request from another node). Send. Thereafter, the first communication unit 210 receives the value of the allowable transmission power determined according to the above-described method from the management node 100, and outputs the value to the control unit 240.

  The second communication unit 220 transmits and receives radio signals to and from the secondary usage node 204 according to a predetermined communication method. For example, when the terminal device 200 operates as a coordinator of the second communication service, the second communication unit 220 first senses a radio signal of the first communication service and acquires uplink channel synchronization. And the 2nd communication part 220 transmits a beacon regularly to the surrounding secondary usage node 204 using the said uplink channel which acquired the synchronization. At this time, the transmission power used by the second communication unit 220 is limited to a range in which no substantial interference is given to the primary usage node under the control of the control unit 240.

  When the communication link between the first communication unit 210 and the management node 100 is a wireless link, the first communication unit 210 and the second communication unit 220 include an antenna, an RF circuit, a baseband circuit, and the like. The same physical communication interface that may be included may be shared. A communication link between the first communication unit 210 and the management node 100 may be referred to as a backhaul link.

  The storage unit 230 stores programs and data used for the operation of each unit of the terminal device 200 using a recording medium such as a hard disk or a semiconductor memory. Further, in the present embodiment, the storage unit 230 stores various parameters for operation of the second communication service and transmission power control. The parameters stored in the storage unit 230 include, for example, the location data of the own device (and other secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the second communication service as necessary), and the permission notified from the management node 100. Transmission power, spectrum mask, modulation method, and the like may be included.

  The control unit 240 controls the overall functions of the terminal device 200 using a control device such as a CPU, for example. For example, in the present embodiment, the control unit 240 controls the value of transmission power used by the second communication unit 220 for transmitting a radio signal within the range of allowable transmission power notified from the management node 100.

(Transmission power control process flow)
FIG. 9 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a flow of transmission power control processing by the terminal device 200.

  In FIG. 9, for example, when an instruction to start secondary usage is detected, the first communication unit 210 transmits the position data of the terminal device 200 to the management node 100 (step S302). At this time, not only the position data of the terminal device 200 but also the position data of another secondary usage node 204 may be transmitted to the management node 100.

  Next, the first communication unit 210 receives the value of the allowable transmission power determined according to the above-described interference control model from the management node 100 (S304). At this time, for example, in addition to the allowable transmission power, additional information such as a transmission spectrum mask and a modulation method can be received together.

  And the control part 240 starts a 2nd communication service, controlling the transmission power used for the 2nd communication part 220 within the range of the permissible transmission power received in step S304 (step S306). Note that when starting the second communication service, the control unit 240, for example, in the beacon transmitted from the terminal device 200 to the surrounding secondary usage node, the allowable transmission power allocated to the second communication service. The value of may be included. By doing so, the secondary usage node that subscribes to the second communication service can also adapt the transmission power used by itself so as not to cause substantial interference to the primary usage node.

[2-4. Summary of First Embodiment]
Up to this point, the first embodiment of the present invention has been described with reference to FIGS. According to the present embodiment, the transmission power allocated to the second communication service that secondarily uses the frequency band allocated to the first communication service depends on the allowable interference power determined according to the above-described interference control model. The management node 100, which is the primary usage node that can access the database 106, is determined. Then, the determined transmission power is notified from the management node 100 to the terminal device 200 which is a secondary usage node having the role of a coordinator of the second communication service. As a result, the terminal device 200 can adaptively control the transmission power used for the second communication service while suppressing the transmission power applied to the primary system 102 within the allowable range.

  Further, according to the above-described interference control model, the transmission power is the radio signal quality required in the first communication service, the interference or noise level in the first communication service, and one or more secondary usage nodes. Based on the path loss on the communication path, the interference at the interfered node is determined to be within an allowable range. Thereby, it is possible to eliminate (or at least mitigate) the risk of difficulty in receiving the primary signal locally at some primary usage nodes.

  The path loss on the communication path can be dynamically calculated based on the position of the primary usage node and the position of the secondary usage node. Thereby, even when the position of the terminal device 200 changes, it is possible to adaptively determine the transmission power so that the interference in the interfered node is within the allowable range.

  Further, according to the present embodiment, when two or more second communication services are operated, the transmission power according to the allowable interference power determined according to the above-described interference control model is the first reference and the first It is distributed to each second communication service according to a more appropriate one of the two criteria. The first standard and the second standard may be, for example, the above-described uniform distribution standard and non-uniform distribution standard. Among these, according to the uniform distribution standard, communication opportunities (communication capacity or the number of communication links) can be distributed in a fair and clear manner from the user's viewpoint. Also, according to the non-uniform distribution standard, high transmission power is allocated to the secondary usage node that is far from the interfered node, so that the transmission power is distributed so that the entire communication range is maximized. be able to. Furthermore, according to the interference margin reduction type distribution criterion, it is possible to further reduce the risk of causing interference to the primary usage node.

  In addition, the more appropriate one of the first standard and the second standard may be a standard that has a higher total communication capacity that is achieved as a result using, for example, distributed transmission power. . In this case, the communication capacity that can be effectively utilized by secondary use of the frequency band can be maximized.

  Further, the more appropriate standard among the first standard and the second standard is, for example, the second highest priority among the communication capacities achieved as a result using the distributed transmission power. The criterion may be a higher total communication capacity related to the communication service. In that case, in particular, the communication capacity by secondary use of the frequency band can be selectively increased so that the requirements of individual applications or QoS requirements agreed by the user are satisfied.

  Further, the more appropriate one of the first reference and the second reference may be a reference having a larger number of links that can be established as a result using, for example, distributed transmission power. Good. In that case, the number of users who can obtain a communication opportunity by secondary use of the frequency band can be maximized.

  In the present embodiment, the example in which the transmission power used in the second communication service is controlled when the second communication service is started has been described. However, after the start of the second communication service, for example, when the secondary usage node moves or the number of secondary usage nodes changes, the processes shown in FIGS. 6, 7, and 9 are executed. May be.

  Further, in the present embodiment, an example has been described in which the uplink channel of the first communication service is secondarily used, that is, only the base station of the first communication service may be considered as an interfered node. However, it goes without saying that the present invention is also applicable when there are a plurality of interfered nodes.

<3. Second Embodiment>
In the first embodiment of the present invention, the transmission power allocated to the second communication service is determined by the primary usage node (management node) that can access the database holding the location data of the primary usage node. This is a passive method from the viewpoint of a terminal apparatus (UE) that performs secondary usage. On the other hand, the terminal device that performs secondary use can acquire necessary parameters and actively determine the transmission power allowed for the second communication service. Therefore, in this section, an example in which a terminal device that performs secondary usage determines actively allowable transmission power will be described as a second embodiment of the present invention.

[3-1. Overview of communication system]
FIG. 10 is an explanatory diagram for explaining an overview of a communication system according to the second embodiment of the present invention.

  Referring to FIG. 10, a primary system 302 in which a first communication service is operated and secondary systems 402a and 402b in which a second communication service is operated are shown. Among these, the primary system 302 includes a management node 300 and a plurality of primary usage nodes 104.

  The management node 300 is a primary usage node having a role of managing secondary usage of the frequency band assigned to the first communication service. In the example of FIG. 10, a base station is shown as the management node 300, but the management node 300 is not limited to such an example. In the present embodiment, the management node 300 can access the database 106 that holds location data representing the location of the primary usage node included in the primary system 302.

  On the other hand, the secondary system 402a includes a terminal device 400a and a plurality of secondary usage nodes 204a. Similarly, the secondary system 402b includes a terminal device 400b and a plurality of secondary usage nodes 204b.

  The terminal device 400 (400a and 400b) is a secondary usage node having the role of a coordinator (SSC) that operates to start secondary usage of the frequency band allocated to the first communication service. That is, each of the terminal devices 400 determines whether or not secondary usage is possible according to a predetermined spectrum policy, obtains necessary parameters from the management node 100, determines allowable transmission power, and then uses the secondary usage node 204 together. The second communication service is started. The terminal device 400 may operate as an engine (CE) for cognitive radio, for example.

[3-2. Example of management node configuration]
FIG. 11 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a logical configuration of the management node 300 illustrated in FIG. Referring to FIG. 11, the management node 300 includes a communication unit 310, a database input / output unit 120, a storage unit 130, and a control unit 340.

  The communication unit 310 transmits and receives radio signals to and from the primary usage node 104 using a communication interface that may include an antenna, an RF circuit, a baseband circuit, and the like, according to a predetermined communication method of the first communication service. Further, as will be further described later, the communication unit 310 uses the parameters used for determining the position data of the primary usage node 104 stored in the database 106 and the transmission power stored in the database 106 or the storage unit 130. Is transmitted to the terminal device 400.

  The control unit 340 controls the overall functions of the management node 300 using a control device such as a CPU, for example. In this embodiment, the control unit 340 uses the communication unit 310 (or other backhaul link) as the position data and parameters used when the terminal device 400 determines the allowable transmission power according to the above-described interference control model. Is transmitted to the terminal device 400. The transmission of the position data and parameters may be performed periodically using a predetermined channel such as CPC, for example. Instead, the transmission of position data and parameters may be performed as a response to a transmission request from the terminal device 400, for example.

[3-3. Example of terminal device configuration]
(Description of each functional block)
12 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a logical configuration of the terminal device 400 illustrated in FIG. Referring to FIG. 12, the terminal device 400 includes a first communication unit 410, a second communication unit 220, a storage unit 430, and a control unit 440.

  The first communication unit 410 receives a radio signal including the data and parameters transmitted from the management node 300 according to a predetermined communication method. The channel used for communication between the first communication unit 410 and the management node 300 may be the above-described CPC, which is a control channel.

  More specifically, the first communication unit 410 attempts to receive data and parameters used for determining transmission power from the management node 300 in response to an instruction such as start of secondary usage of a frequency band, for example. The data and parameters used to determine the transmission power include, for example, location data of the interfered node, radio signal quality required in the first communication service, and interference or noise level in the first communication service. Can be included. Further, the data used for determining the transmission power may include position data indicating the position of another secondary usage node. When the first communication unit 410 receives these data and parameters from the management node 300, the first communication unit 410 outputs the received data and parameters to the control unit 440. In addition, when the first communication unit 410 cannot receive necessary data and parameters for reasons such as poor signal reception environment, the first communication unit 410 notifies the control unit 440 to that effect.

  The storage unit 430 stores programs and data used for the operation of each unit of the terminal device 400 using a recording medium such as a hard disk or a semiconductor memory. Further, in the present embodiment, the storage unit 430 stores various parameters for determining transmission power and controlling transmission power for the second communication service. The parameters stored in the storage unit 430 include, for example, the location data of the own device (and other secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the second communication service as necessary), and the management node 300 to the first communication unit. Such parameters received via 410 may be included.

  The control unit 440 controls the overall functions of the terminal device 400 using a control device such as a CPU, for example. For example, in the present embodiment, the control unit 440 performs the second communication according to the allowable interference power determined according to the above-described interference control model when the frequency band assigned to the first communication service is secondarily used. Determine the allowable transmit power for the service. At this time, if the control unit 440 cannot receive the radio signal from the management node 300 and cannot acquire the latest location data and necessary parameters of the primary usage node, the control unit 440 reduces the possibility of causing interference to the primary usage node. The allowable transmission power is determined by including the margin for The transmission power determination process here will be described more specifically later. And the control part 440 controls the value of the transmission power used for transmission of a radio signal by the 2nd communication part 220 within the range of the determined permissible transmission power.

(Transmission power decision process flow)
FIG. 13 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a flow of transmission power determination processing for the control unit 440 to determine transmission power allowed for the second communication service.

  Referring to FIG. 13, first, the control unit 440 determines whether it is possible to receive a radio signal from the management node 300 via the communication unit 410 (step 402). Here, if the wireless signal from the management node 300 can be received, the process proceeds to step S404. On the other hand, if the wireless signal from the management node 300 cannot be received, the process proceeds to step S408.

  In step S <b> 404, the control unit 440 acquires the location data of the primary usage node that is the interfered node received from the management node 300 via the communication unit 410. Similarly, the control unit 440 acquires parameters received from the management node 300 (step S404). Note that, as in the example illustrated in FIG. 2A, when the OFDMA uplink channel is secondarily used, the interfered node is only the base station. Therefore, in such a case, the control unit 440 may acquire only the position data of the management node 300 that is the base station as the position data of the primary usage node. The necessary parameters in step S404 are, for example, the quality of the radio signal required in the first communication service described above, and the interference or noise level in the first communication service (or parameters for calculating these levels). ) Etc.

Next, the control unit 440 determines transmission power corresponding to the interference power allowed for the second communication service based on the position data and parameters received in step S404 (step S406). More specifically, the control unit 440 can determine the transmission power according to the interference power allowed for the second communication service, for example, according to the equation (9) in the above-described interference control model. At that time, for example, the quality of the radio signal required in the first communication service corresponds to the term P rx_primary, primary / SINR required in Equation (9). The interference or noise level corresponds to the N Primary term in equation (9). Furthermore, the value of the path loss L path_tx_secondary, i in Expression (9) can be calculated according to Expression (6) using the distance d derived from the position data of the primary usage node and the position data of the terminal device 400. For example, instead of calculating the value of the path loss L path_tx_secondary, i from the position data, the control unit 440 determines the value of the path loss L path_tx_secondary, i from the transmission power value of the downlink signal from the base station and the downlink. You may calculate as a difference with the reception level of a signal. Furthermore, when there is another second communication service, the control unit 440 may distribute the transmission power according to the equal expression (10) or the non-equal expression (11). .

  On the other hand, when the radio signal from the management node 300 cannot be received, in step S408, the control unit 440 acquires position data and parameters for determining transmission power from the storage unit 430 (step S408). For example, the control unit 440 receives the location data of the interfered node and necessary parameters via the first communication unit when communication with the management node 300 becomes possible, and uses them for later use. It can be stored in the storage unit 430. Also, for example, when the type of the first communication service that is the target of secondary use is limited to some candidates in advance, it represents the quality of the radio signal required in the first communication service. The parameter may be stored in the storage unit 430 as a default value.

Next, the control unit 440 determines transmission power according to the interference power allowed for the second communication service based on the position data and parameters acquired in step S408 (step S410). However, in this case, the parameters that can be used for determining the transmission power may not be the latest. Therefore, the control unit 440 adds a predetermined margin to the value of the transmission power in order to reduce the possibility of causing interference to the primary usage node. More specifically, the control unit 440 can determine the transmission power according to the above-described interference margin reduction type equation (12), for example. The value of N estimaion in Expression (12) is determined so as to include a surplus number, for example, according to the number of secondary usage nodes 204 expected to subscribe to the second communication service.

  Thereafter, the transmission power determination process by the control unit 440 ends. Then, the second communication service is started between the terminal device 400 and each secondary usage node 204 while using a power level within the range of the determined allowable transmission power.

[3-4. Summary of Second Embodiment]
Up to this point, the second embodiment of the present invention has been described with reference to FIGS. According to the present embodiment, the transmission power allowed in the second communication service that secondarily uses the frequency band allocated to the first communication service is in accordance with the above-described interference control model, and the coordinator of the second communication service. It is determined by the terminal device 400 having the role of Thereby, the terminal device 400 can control the transmission power while suppressing the interference given to the primary system 302 after actively determining the transmission power used for the second communication service.

  In addition, when the terminal device 400 cannot receive the radio signal from the management node 300 and cannot acquire the latest location data of the primary usage node, the range of transmission power reduces the possibility of causing interference to the primary usage node. It is determined by including the margin for. As a result, even when the terminal device 400 is located in a region where the signal reception status is relatively poor due to the influence of shadowing (shielding) or fading, the terminal device 400 autonomously and safely uses the frequency. Secondary use of the belt can be started.

  Further, according to the above-described interference margin reduction method, the margin is determined according to an assumed value estimated including the surplus number, not the actual number of secondary usage nodes. Thereby, even when the number of secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the second communication service increases within the predicted range, it is possible to prevent the quality of the first communication service from deteriorating.

<4. Third Embodiment>
In the first embodiment, the transmission power allowed for secondary use is determined by the management node using a passive method from the viewpoint of a terminal device that performs secondary use of the frequency band. Further, in the second embodiment, the transmission power allowed for the secondary use plays the role of the coordinator for the secondary use in an active manner from the viewpoint of the terminal device that performs the secondary use of the frequency band. Determined by the terminal device that has. By performing secondary usage of the frequency band within the range of allowable transmission power determined by any of these methods, interference given to the primary usage node is suppressed. Furthermore, in order to optimize the communication opportunity realized by the secondary use of the frequency band within the limited transmission power in this way, even between the secondary use nodes that subscribe to the second communication service, It is desirable that transmission power allocation be performed adaptively. Thus, in this section, an example of transmission power control in which transmission power is adaptively allocated between secondary usage nodes that subscribe to the second communication service will be described as a third embodiment of the present invention.

[4-1. Outline of secondary system]
FIG. 14 is an explanatory diagram for describing an overview of a secondary system 602 in which transmission power is adaptively allocated between secondary usage nodes in the third exemplary embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 14, the secondary system 602 includes a terminal device 600 and a plurality of terminal devices 604.

  Among these, the terminal device 600 is a secondary usage node having a role of a coordinator (SSC) that operates to start secondary usage of a frequency band. The terminal device 600 uses, for example, part or all of the frequency band allocated to the first communication service provided by the base station 100 (or the base station 300) illustrated in FIG. Start the service. In that case, the terminal device 600 receives the value of the allowable transmission power determined using the method described in the first embodiment, for example, from the base station 100. Instead, the terminal device 600 acquires parameters necessary for determining the allowable transmission power from the base station 300 using, for example, the method described in the second embodiment, and sets the value of the allowable transmission power by itself. You may decide. The specific configuration of the terminal device 600 will be further described later.

  On the other hand, the terminal device 604 is a secondary usage node that subscribes to the second communication service started by the terminal device 600 and communicates with each other. When the terminal device 604 subscribes to the second communication service, the terminal device 604 transmits and receives a radio signal (secondary signal) for the second communication service using the transmission power allocated by the terminal device 600.

[4-2. Configuration example of a terminal device having a coordinator role]
FIG. 15 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a logical configuration of the terminal device 600 illustrated in FIG. Referring to FIG. 15, the terminal device 600 includes a first communication unit 210, a second communication unit 620, a storage unit 230, and a control unit 640.

  For example, as in the first embodiment, the first communication unit 210 transmits position data indicating the position of the own device to the base station 100 in response to an instruction such as start of secondary use of the frequency band. Receive the value of transmission power allowed for the next use. Then, the first communication unit 210 outputs the received allowable transmission power value to the control unit 640. Instead, the first communication unit 210 may receive parameters necessary for determining the allowable transmission power and output them to the control unit 640.

  The second communication unit 620 transmits and receives radio signals to and from the secondary usage node 604 according to a predetermined communication method. For example, the second communication unit 620 first senses a radio signal of the first communication service and acquires uplink channel synchronization. And the 2nd communication part 620 transmits a beacon regularly to the surrounding secondary usage node 604 using the said uplink channel which acquired the synchronization. At this time, the transmission power used by the second communication unit 620 is controlled within the range of the allowable transmission power received by the first communication unit 210 under the control of the control unit 640, that is, substantially to the primary usage node. It is limited within a range that does not cause general interference.

  The control unit 640 controls the overall functions of the terminal device 600 using a control device such as a CPU, for example. Further, in the present embodiment, the control unit 640 sets the transmission power used for the transmission of the secondary signal by the secondary usage node 604 that subscribes to the second communication service within the range of the allowable transmission power described above. And adaptively assigning so that the communication opportunity realized by the secondary use is optimized.

  More specifically, the control unit 640 can allocate transmission power to each secondary usage node 604 in consideration of the communication quality in the secondary usage node 604 included in the secondary system 602, for example. When any one of the secondary usage nodes 604 is regarded as an interfered node, the following relational expression (14) must be satisfied in order for the interference to be allowed in the interfered node. Is required.

Here, SINR i_required_secondary represents the minimum SINR required in the i-th secondary usage node that is the interfered node. The SINR i_required_secondary may be, for example, the minimum reception sensitivity of the i-th secondary usage node or the minimum SINR given according to the QoS. Pi_rx_secondary and j_tx_secondary represent the reception level required for the secondary signal transmitted from the j-th secondary usage node to the i-th secondary usage node. Also, I i, primary is the interference level due to the radio signal of the first communication service, and I i, k (k ≠ i, k ≠ j) _tx_secondary is neither i-th nor j-th (that is, not related to the desired communication link). ) Represents interference levels due to secondary signals from other secondary usage nodes. N i represents noise or a noise level that can be applied to the i-th secondary usage node. Note that the interference level I i, k (k ≠ i, k ≠ j) _tx_secondary by the secondary signal from the secondary usage node not related to the desired communication link is, for example, the transmission power of such a secondary usage node. It can be calculated by subtracting the total path loss for the secondary usage node from the total.

Here, focusing on the interference level I i, k (k ≠ i, k ≠ j) _tx_secondary from the secondary usage node not related to the desired communication link, the equation (14) is transformed as follows.

On the other hand, the total interference level I i from the secondary usage nodes other than the source node (jth secondary usage node) of the secondary signal in the interfered node (i-th secondary usage node) is It can be expressed as Note that n in Equation (16) is the total number of secondary usage nodes that are interference sources.

Therefore, assuming a plurality of secondary usage nodes, individual secondary usage is performed so that the total interference level I i calculated according to the equation (16) does not exceed the upper limit of the right side of the equation (15). The transmission power P tx_secondary, k of the node is determined. For example, when the transmission power of each secondary usage node is maximized within a possible range, the total interference level I i at the i-th secondary usage node is a value given by the following equation.

  Therefore, the control unit 640 satisfies the equation (14) or the equation (15) for as many secondary usage nodes 604 as possible while allowing the transmission power of the secondary usage node 604 to be allowed interference for the secondary system 602. The transmission power of each secondary usage node 604 is adaptively controlled so as to satisfy the power level. A more specific flow of transmission power control processing will be described with reference to FIGS.

[4-3. Example of transmission power control processing]
(Scenario 1)
FIG. 16 is a flowchart illustrating an example of the flow of transmission power control processing by the control unit 640.

Referring to FIG. 16, the control unit 640 first obtains the value of the interference power P acc_total allowed for the secondary system 602 (step S602). The value of the allowable interference power P acc_total can be acquired based on the transmission power and the path loss determined by, for example, the method described as the first embodiment according to the above-described interference control model. Instead, the control unit 640 may acquire a parameter necessary for determining the allowable interference power, and determine the allowable interference power P acc_total by itself using the parameter.

Next, the control unit 640 obtains a request transmission power value P tx_secondary, k for each secondary usage node 604 (step S604). The value of the required transmission power may be determined by the control unit 640 according to, for example, the minimum reception sensitivity of each secondary usage node 604 or the minimum SINR based on QoS. Instead, for example, the control unit 640 may acquire the value of the requested transmission power for each secondary usage node 604 from each secondary usage node 604 via the second communication unit 620. In the latter case, the value of the requested transmission power is included in a response signal to the beacon for the second communication service transmitted from the terminal device 600, for example, and transmitted from each secondary usage node 604 to the terminal device 600. Can be sent.

Next, the control unit 640 calculates a total value P req_total of interference power levels based on the requested transmission power of each secondary usage node 604 acquired in step S604 according to the following equation (step S606).

Then, the control unit 640 compares the allowable interference power value P acc_total acquired in step S602 with the total interference power level P req_total of the secondary usage node 604 calculated in step S606 (step S608). . If the total interference power level value P req_total is larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S610. On the other hand, when the total interference power level value P req_total is not larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S612.

At step S610, the total value P Req_total of the interference power level exceeds the value P Acc_total of acceptable interference power. That is, in this case, if the transmission power value as requested is used by each secondary usage node 604, there is a possibility that interference of a level that cannot be allowed in the primary usage node occurs. Therefore, in this scenario, the control unit 640 excludes, for example, the secondary usage node 604 having a relatively high interference level to other secondary usage nodes 604 from transmission power allocation (step S610). The interference level given to the other secondary usage node 604 can be calculated by, for example, the transmission power and path loss of the secondary signal. By excluding one of the secondary usage nodes 604 from the transmission power allocation in this way, the total value P req_total of the transmission power is reduced, and it is possible to prevent the unacceptable interference from occurring in the primary usage node. . Note that the control unit 640 may instruct the secondary usage node 604 excluded from transmission power allocation to communicate in different resource blocks (or different frequency slots, time slots, or codes). Thereafter, the processing returns to step S606, and the calculation of the total value P req_total of the interference power level is again compared with the allowable interference power value P acc_total .

On the other hand, in step S612, the total value P req_total of the interference power level does not exceed the allowable interference power value P acc_total . That is, in this case, even if the transmission power value as requested by each secondary usage node 604 is used, the level of interference occurring in the primary usage node is within an allowable range. Therefore, the control unit 640 further compares the total value P req_total of the interference power levels with a threshold Th given according to the level of interference occurring in each secondary usage node 604 (step S612). For example, the threshold Th is related to the equation (14) and may be set according to the following equation.

When the total interference power level value P req_total is smaller than the threshold value Th, the process proceeds to step S614. On the other hand, when the total value P req_total of the interference power level is not smaller than the threshold value Th, the process proceeds to step S616.

In step S614, the total interference power level value P req_total is smaller than the threshold Th. That is, in this case, it is considered that there is a margin before unacceptable interference occurs in the primary usage node and the secondary usage node 604 even if transmission power higher than the required transmission power is used. Therefore, the control unit 640 increases the transmission power corresponding to any of the secondary usage nodes 604 in order to increase the communication opportunities realized by the secondary usage (step S614). Here, the secondary usage node 604 whose transmission power is increased is, for example, a node having a high application priority, a node capable of improving the data rate by increasing the transmission power, or low data at the requested transmission power. It may be a node that can obtain only the rate. Thereafter, the process returns to step S612, and the total value P req_total of the interference power level is compared with the threshold Th again.

On the other hand, in step S616, the total value P req_total of the interference power level is equal to or greater than the threshold Th. Therefore, the control unit 640 determines to assign each transmission power value corresponding to each secondary usage node 604 at that time to each secondary usage node 604 as a final transmission power value (S616). Then, the control unit 640 notifies each secondary usage node 604 of the transmission power value assigned to each secondary usage node 604 using, for example, the control channel of the second communication service.

  By such transmission power control processing, the control unit 640 can adaptively allocate transmission power to the secondary usage node 604 that subscribes to the second communication service within the range of allowable transmission power of the secondary system 602. it can. As a result, the communication opportunity realized by secondary use of the frequency band is optimized.

  In the example of FIG. 16, in step S610, the secondary usage node 604 having a relatively high interference level to the other secondary usage nodes 604 is excluded from transmission power allocation. However, the present invention is not limited to this example, and the secondary usage node 604 to be excluded from transmission power allocation may be selected according to conditions different from the example of FIG. 16 as described below.

(Scenario 2)
FIG. 17 is a flowchart illustrating another example of the flow of the transmission power control process by the control unit 640.

Referring to FIG. 17, first, the control unit 640 acquires the value of the allowable interference power P acc_total for the secondary system 602 from the base station 100 that is the management node via the first communication unit 210 (step S622). ). Next, the control unit 640 obtains a value P tx_secondary, k of requested transmission power for each secondary usage node 604 (step S624). Next, the control unit 640 calculates the total value P req_total of the interference power level of each secondary usage node 604 acquired in step S624 according to the above-described equation (18) (step S626). Then, the control unit 640 compares the allowable interference power value P acc_total acquired in step S622 with the total interference power level value P req_total of the secondary usage node 604 calculated in step S626 (step S628). . If the total interference power level value P req_total is larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S630. On the other hand, if the total interference power level value P req_total is not larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S632.

In step S630, the total value P Req_total of the interference power level exceeds the value P Acc_total of acceptable interference power. In this case, in this scenario, the control unit 640 excludes the secondary usage node 604, which has a relatively high interference level to the primary usage node, from transmission power allocation (step S630). Thereafter, the process returns to step S626, and the calculation of the total value P req_total of the interference power level is again compared with the allowable interference power value P acc_total .

On the other hand, in step S632, the total value P req_total of the interference power level does not exceed the allowable interference power value P acc_total . Therefore, the control unit 640 further compares the total value P req_total of the interference power levels with the above-described threshold value Th corresponding to the level of interference generated in each secondary usage node 604 (step S632). Here, when the total value P req_total of the interference power level is smaller than the threshold Th, the process proceeds to step S634. On the other hand, if the total value P req_total of the interference power level is not smaller than the threshold value Th, the process proceeds to step S636 .

In step S634, the control unit 640 increases the transmission power corresponding to one of the secondary usage nodes 604 in the same manner as in step S614 illustrated in FIG. 16 in order to increase the communication opportunities realized by the secondary usage. (Step S634). Thereafter, the process returns to step S632, and the total value P req_total of the interference power level is compared with the threshold Th again.

On the other hand, in step S636, the total interference power level value P req_total is equal to or greater than the threshold Th. Therefore, the control unit 640 determines to assign the value of each transmission power corresponding to each secondary usage node 604 at that time to each secondary usage node 604 as a final transmission power value (S636). Then, the control unit 640 notifies each secondary usage node 604 of the transmission power value assigned to each secondary usage node 604 using, for example, the control channel of the second communication service.

(Scenario 3)
FIG. 18 is a flowchart illustrating still another example of the flow of the transmission power control process performed by the control unit 640.

Referring to FIG. 18, first, the control unit 640 acquires the value of the interference power P acc_total allowed for the secondary system 602 from the base station 100 that is the management node via the first communication unit 210 (step S642). ). Next, the control unit 640 obtains a request transmission power value P tx_secondary, k for each secondary usage node 604 (step S644 ). Next, the control unit 640 calculates the total value P req_total of the interference power level of each secondary usage node 604 acquired in step S644 according to the above-described equation (18) (step S646). Then, the control unit 640 compares the allowable interference power value P acc_total acquired in step S642 with the total interference power level value P req_total of the secondary usage node 604 calculated in step S646 (step S648). . If the total interference power level value P req_total is larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S650. On the other hand, when the total interference power level value P req_total is not larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S652.

In step S650, the total value P Req_total of the interference power level exceeds the value P Acc_total of acceptable interference power. In this case, in this scenario, for example, the control unit 640 assigns the secondary usage node 604 that has a small path loss in the route to the primary usage node (that is, located near the primary usage node) to the transmission power allocation. (Step S650). Thereafter, the process returns to step S646, and the calculation of the total value P req_total of the interference power level is again compared with the allowable interference power value P acc_total .

On the other hand, in step S652, the total interference power level value P req_total does not exceed the allowable interference power value P acc_total . Therefore, the control unit 640 further compares the total value P req_total of the interference power level with the above-described threshold value Th corresponding to the level of interference occurring in each secondary usage node 604 (step S652). Here, when the total value P req_total of the interference power level is smaller than the threshold Th, the process proceeds to step S654. On the other hand, when the total value P req_total of the interference power level is not smaller than the threshold value Th, the process proceeds to step S656.

In step S654, the control unit 640 increases the transmission power corresponding to one of the secondary usage nodes 604 in the same manner as in step S614 illustrated in FIG. 16 in order to increase the communication opportunities realized by the secondary usage. (Step S654). Thereafter, the processing returns to step S652, and the total value P req_total of the interference power level is compared with the threshold Th again.

On the other hand, in step S656, the total value P req_total of the interference power level is equal to or greater than the threshold value Th. Therefore, the control unit 640 determines to assign the value of each transmission power corresponding to each secondary usage node 604 at that time to each secondary usage node 604 as a final transmission power value (S656). Then, the control unit 640 notifies each secondary usage node 604 of the transmission power value assigned to each secondary usage node 604 using, for example, the control channel of the second communication service.

(Scenario 4)
FIG. 19 is a flowchart illustrating yet another example of the flow of transmission power control processing by the control unit 640.

Referring to FIG. 19, first, the control unit 640 acquires the value of the allowable interference power P acc_total for the secondary system 602 from the base station 100 that is the management node via the first communication unit 210 (step S662 ). ). Next, the control unit 640 acquires the requested transmission power value P tx_secondary, k for each secondary usage node 604 (step S664). Next, the control unit 640 calculates the total value P req_total of the interference power level of each secondary usage node 604 acquired in step S664 according to the above-described equation (18) (step S666). Then, the control unit 640 compares the allowable interference power value P acc_total acquired in step S662 with the total interference power level value P req_total of the secondary usage node 604 calculated in step S666 (step S668). . If the total interference power level value P req_total is larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S670. On the other hand, when the total interference power level value P req_total is not larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S672.

In step S670, the total value P Req_total of the interference power level exceeds the value P Acc_total of acceptable interference power. In this case, in this scenario, for example, the control unit 640 excludes the secondary usage node 604 having a low priority from the allocation of transmission power (step S670). The priority here may be given according to the type of application executed using the second communication service, for example. For example, a high priority may be defined for an application that requires low delay, such as video distribution or a communication game. Further, a high priority may be defined for the secondary usage node 604 of the user who pays a high service fee so as to guarantee a certain service quality. Thereafter, the processing returns to step S666, and the calculation of the total value P req_total of the interference power level is again compared with the allowable interference power value P acc_total .

On the other hand, in step S672, the total interference power level value P req_total does not exceed the allowable interference power value P acc_total . Therefore, the control unit 640 further compares the total value P req_total of the interference power level with the above-described threshold value Th corresponding to the level of interference generated in each secondary usage node 604 (step S672). Here, when the total value P req_total of the interference power level is smaller than the threshold Th, the process proceeds to step S674. On the other hand, when the total value P req_total of the interference power level is not smaller than the threshold value Th, the process proceeds to step S676.

In step S674, the control unit 640 increases the transmission power corresponding to one of the secondary usage nodes 604 in the same manner as in step S614 illustrated in FIG. 16 in order to increase the communication opportunities realized by the secondary usage. (Step S674). Thereafter, the process returns to step S672, and the total value P req_total of the interference power level is compared with the threshold Th again.

On the other hand, in step S676, the total value P req_total of the interference power level is equal to or greater than the threshold value Th. Therefore, the control unit 640 decides to assign the value of each transmission power corresponding to each secondary usage node 604 at that time to each secondary usage node 604 as a final transmission power value (S676). Then, the control unit 640 notifies each secondary usage node 604 of the transmission power value assigned to each secondary usage node 604 using, for example, the control channel of the second communication service.

  In the examples of FIGS. 16 to 19 described so far, when the total value of the interference power level exceeds the value of the allowable transmission power, the interference level given to other nodes, the path loss, or the predefined priority The secondary usage nodes to be excluded from the transmission power allocation are determined in accordance with the conditions regarding. Further, the secondary usage node to be excluded from transmission power allocation may be determined by a combination of two or more conditions among the above conditions, for example, as described below.

(Scenario 5)
FIG. 20 is a flowchart illustrating yet another example of the flow of transmission power control processing by the control unit 640.

Referring to FIG. 20, first, the control unit 640 acquires the value of the allowable interference power P acc_total for the secondary system 602 from the base station 100 that is the management node via the first communication unit 210 (step S682). ). Next, the control unit 640 acquires the requested transmission power value P tx_secondary, k for each secondary usage node 604 (step S684). Next, the control unit 640 calculates the total value P req_total of the interference power level of each secondary usage node 604 acquired in step S684 according to the above-described equation (18) (step S686). Then, the control unit 640 compares the allowable interference power value P acc_total acquired in step S682 with the total interference power level value P req_total of the secondary usage node 604 calculated in step S686 (step S688). . If the total interference power level value P req_total is larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process advances to step S690. On the other hand, if the total interference power level value P req_total is not larger than the allowable interference power value P acc_total , the process proceeds to step S692.

In step S690, the total value P Req_total of the interference power level exceeds the value P Acc_total of acceptable interference power. In this case, in this scenario, the control unit 640 first determines the secondary usage node 604 to be excluded according to the condition for each of two or more conditions among the plurality of conditions (step S690). The plurality of conditions are, for example, an interference level given to another secondary usage node 604, an interference level given to the primary usage node, a path loss on the communication path, and a priority defined in advance for each secondary usage node 604, Of these, two or more conditions may be satisfied. That is, for example, as described with reference to FIG. 16, the control unit 640 determines the secondary usage node 604 having a relatively high interference level to other secondary usage nodes 604 and uses FIG. 17. As described above, the secondary usage node 604 having a relatively high interference level to the primary usage node is determined.

Next, the control unit 640 selects, from the above two or more conditions, an exclusion condition that results in the maximum total communication capacity of the secondary system 602 when the secondary usage node 604 is excluded according to each condition. (S691). The total communication capacity C secondary of the secondary system 602 can be evaluated according to the following equation, for example.

Here, P tx_secondary, k represents the transmission power of the kth secondary usage node 604, and N k represents the noise level of the kth secondary usage node 604.

  Then, when the secondary usage node 604 determined according to the selected exclusion condition is excluded from the transmission power allocation by the control unit 640, the process returns to step S686.

On the other hand, in step S692, the total value P req_total of the interference power level does not exceed the allowable interference power value P acc_total . Therefore, the control unit 640 further compares the total value P req_total of the interference power level with the above-described threshold value Th corresponding to the level of interference occurring in each secondary usage node 604 (step S692). Here, when the total value P req_total of the interference power level is smaller than the threshold Th, the process proceeds to step S694. On the other hand, when the total value P req_total of the interference power level is not smaller than the threshold value Th, the process proceeds to step S696.

In step S694, the control unit 640 increases the transmission power corresponding to one of the secondary usage nodes 604 in the same manner as in step S614 illustrated in FIG. 16 in order to increase the communication opportunities realized by the secondary usage. (Step S694). Thereafter, the process returns to step S692, and the total value P req_total of the interference power level is compared with the threshold Th again.

On the other hand, in step S696, the total value P req_total of the interference power level is equal to or greater than the threshold value Th. Therefore, the control unit 640 determines to assign each transmission power value corresponding to each secondary usage node 604 at that time to each secondary usage node 604 as a final transmission power value (S696). Then, the control unit 640 notifies each secondary usage node 604 of the transmission power value assigned to each secondary usage node 604 using, for example, the control channel of the second communication service.

  Note that the transmission power control processing described with reference to FIGS. 16 to 20 may be executed when the second communication service is started by the terminal device 600, for example. The transmission power control process is dynamically executed when the number of secondary usage nodes 604 subscribing to the second communication service changes or when the communication quality required by the secondary usage node 604 changes. Or may be executed periodically at regular time intervals.

[4-4. Summary of Third Embodiment]
Up to this point, the third embodiment of the present invention has been described with reference to FIGS. According to the present embodiment, the transmission power used by each secondary usage node 604 is set by the terminal device 600 so that the total transmission power is within the range of allowable transmission power allocated to the second communication service. Be controlled. At that time, if the total transmission power required for each secondary usage node 604 is larger than the allowable transmission power, any secondary usage node 604 determined according to a predetermined condition Excluded from allocation. According to such a configuration, for example, communication realized by secondary use of a frequency band within a limited transmission power range for a secondary use node 604 that is located in a different communication environment or requires different communication quality. Opportunities can be increased adaptively.

  Further, when the sum of the required transmission powers is smaller than the allowable transmission power and the sum is smaller than a predetermined threshold corresponding to the level of interference generated in each secondary usage node 604, any two The transmission power allocated to the next usage node 604 is increased. Thereby, secondary use can be efficiently performed within the range of allowable transmission power without causing fatal interference even in the secondary system 602.

  In addition, when the total transmission power required for each secondary usage node 604 is larger than the allowable transmission power, the conditions for determining the secondary usage node 604 to be excluded from transmission power allocation are, for example, other It may be a condition according to an interference level given to the node, a path loss, or a predetermined priority. Further, a secondary usage node 604 to be excluded from transmission power allocation may be determined by combining two or more of these conditions. By doing so, it is possible to further optimize the communication opportunity realized by the secondary use of the frequency band according to the purpose, requirement, or restriction of the service.

[5. Application to TV band]
FIG. 21 is an explanatory diagram for explaining application of the above-described first, second, or third embodiment to a TV band. In the example of FIG. 21, the primary usage node 900 is a television broadcasting station. The primary usage nodes 910a to 910c are television broadcast receiving stations. The primary usage node 900 provides a digital TV broadcast service on the frequency band F1 to the primary usage nodes 910a to 910c located inside the boundary 902 or 904. Inside the boundary 902 is a service area of a digital TV broadcast service. A region between the boundary 902 and the boundary 904 indicated by diagonal lines is a guard area where secondary use of the frequency band is restricted. On the other hand, the area between the boundary 904 and the boundary 906 is a TV white space. The secondary usage nodes 920a to 920c are located in the TV white space, and operate the second communication service on a frequency band F3 different from the frequency band F1, for example. However, even if a guard band is provided between the frequency band F1 of the first communication service and the frequency band F3 of the second communication service, for example, not only the secondary system but also the primary system is fatal at the position P0. There is a risk of unwanted interference. Such a risk is reduced, for example, by expanding the width of the guard area. However, expanding the width of the guard area means reducing the secondary usage opportunity of the frequency band. In contrast, by controlling the transmission power used for the second communication service in accordance with the first, second or third embodiment described above, it is given to the primary system without excessively expanding the width of the guard area. Interference can be suppressed within an allowable range.

  Note that it does not matter whether a series of processing according to the first, second, and third embodiments described in the present specification is realized by hardware or software. When a series of processes or a part thereof is executed by software, a program constituting the software is stored in advance in a recording medium such as a ROM (Read Only Memory) and read into a RAM (Random Access Memory). , Executed using a CPU.

  The gist of each embodiment described in the present specification can be widely applied to various secondary usage modes as described above. For example, as described above, the operation of the relay node or the femtocell for covering the spectrum hole of the first communication service can be said to be a form of secondary use of the frequency band. In addition, the mutual relationship between a macro cell, a RRH (Remote Radio Head), a Hotzone, a relay node, or a femto cell using a common frequency band is also a form of secondary use of the frequency band (for example, heterogeneous network). Can be formed.

  The preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described in detail above with reference to the accompanying drawings, but the present invention is not limited to such examples. It is obvious that a person having ordinary knowledge in the technical field to which the present invention pertains can come up with various changes or modifications within the scope of the technical idea described in the claims. These are naturally understood to belong to the technical scope of the present invention.

100, 300 Management node 102, 302 Primary system 104 Primary usage node 106 Database 110, 310 Communication unit 120 Database input / output unit 130 Storage unit 140, 340 Control unit 200, 400, 600 Terminal device (coordinator of secondary usage nodes )
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  1. A method executed by a control unit of a communication device for controlling transmission power in a second communication service that secondarily uses a frequency band allocated to the first communication service,
    Obtaining an allowed interference power assigned to the second communication service for interference with the first communication service ;
    When there are two or more secondary usage nodes to which transmission power should be allocated , the total interference power level to the first communication service based on the transmission power required for each of the two or more secondary usage nodes A step of calculating
    Excluding at least one secondary usage node of the two or more secondary usage nodes from transmission power allocation if the calculated total interference power level is greater than the allowed interference power; ,
    Including
    In the step of excluding the at least one secondary usage node from transmission power allocation, the communication capacity after the exclusion of any secondary usage node among the two or more conditions is maximized Depending on the conditions, secondary usage nodes to be excluded are determined.
    Method.
  2.   The method of claim 1, wherein the at least one secondary usage node is excluded from transmission power allocation for the frequency band.
  3.   The method of claim 2, further comprising: instructing the at least one secondary usage node to use a different frequency band.
  4. The method
    The calculated total interference power level is smaller than the allowable interference power , and the total interference power level is smaller than a predetermined threshold corresponding to the level of interference occurring in each secondary usage node. Sometimes increasing the transmission power corresponding to any secondary usage node;
    The method according to any one of claims 1 to 3, further comprising:
  5.   The method according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein one of the two or more conditions is a condition based on an interference level to be given to another secondary usage node.
  6.   5. The condition according to claim 1, wherein one of the two or more conditions is a condition based on an interference level given to a primary usage node that receives a radio signal of the first communication service. Method.
  7.   One of the two or more conditions is a condition based on a path loss on a communication path with a primary usage node that receives a radio signal of the first communication service. The method according to claim 1.
  8.   The method according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein one of the two or more conditions is a condition based on a priority defined in advance for each secondary usage node.
  9.   The two or more conditions are: an interference level given to another secondary usage node, an interference level given to a primary usage node receiving a radio signal of the first communication service, a path loss on a communication path, and a secondary usage node The method according to claim 1, wherein the priority is selected from a predefined priority.
  10. A communication unit capable of communicating with one or more secondary usage nodes that subscribe to a second communication service that secondary uses a frequency band assigned to the first communication service;
    A control unit for controlling transmission power used by the secondary usage node;
    With
    The controller is
    Obtaining an allowed interference power for interference to the first communication service assigned to the second communication service;
    When there are two or more secondary usage nodes to which transmission power should be allocated , the total interference power level to the first communication service based on the transmission power required for each of the two or more secondary usage nodes Calculate
    If the calculated total interference power level is greater than the allowed interference power, exclude at least one secondary usage node of the two or more secondary usage nodes from transmission power allocation;
    The control unit, when excluding the at least one secondary usage node from transmission power allocation, communication capacity after excluding one of the secondary usage nodes according to each of the two or more conditions Determine the secondary usage node to be excluded according to the condition that maximizes
    Communication device.
  11.   The communication apparatus according to claim 10, wherein the at least one secondary usage node is excluded from transmission power allocation for the frequency band.
  12.   The communication device according to claim 11, wherein the control unit further instructs the at least one secondary usage node to use a different frequency band.
  13. The control unit is a case where the calculated total of the interference power levels is smaller than the allowable interference power , and the total of the interference power levels is predetermined according to the level of interference occurring in each secondary usage node. The communication apparatus according to any one of claims 10 to 12, wherein the transmission power corresponding to any of the secondary usage nodes is increased when the threshold is smaller than the threshold value.
  14.   The communication device according to any one of claims 10 to 13, wherein one of the two or more conditions is a condition based on an interference level given to another secondary usage node.
  15.   The one of the two or more conditions is a condition based on an interference level given to a primary usage node that receives a radio signal of the first communication service, according to any one of claims 10 to 13. Communication device.
  16.   The one of the two or more conditions is a condition based on a path loss on a communication path with a primary usage node that receives a radio signal of the first communication service. The communication apparatus according to claim 1.
  17.   The communication apparatus according to any one of claims 10 to 13, wherein one of the two or more conditions is a condition based on a priority defined in advance for each secondary usage node.
  18.   The two or more conditions are: an interference level given to another secondary usage node, an interference level given to a primary usage node receiving a radio signal of the first communication service, a path loss on a communication path, and a secondary usage node The communication device according to claim 10, wherein the communication device is selected from priorities defined in advance.
  19. A computer for controlling a communication device comprising a communication unit capable of communicating with one or more secondary usage nodes that subscribe to a second communication service that secondary uses a frequency band assigned to the first communication service. ,
    A control unit for controlling transmission power used by the secondary usage node;
    Obtaining an allowed interference power for interference to the first communication service assigned to the second communication service;
    When there are two or more secondary usage nodes to which transmission power should be allocated , the total interference power level to the first communication service based on the transmission power required for each of the two or more secondary usage nodes Calculate
    If the calculated total interference power level is greater than the allowed interference power, exclude at least one secondary usage node of the two or more secondary usage nodes from transmission power allocation;
    Function as a control unit,
    The control unit, when excluding the at least one secondary usage node from transmission power allocation, communication capacity after excluding one of the secondary usage nodes according to each of the two or more conditions Determine the secondary usage node to be excluded according to the condition that maximizes
    program.
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