USER EQUIPMENT CAPABILITY FOR DUAL CONNECTIVITY BASED HANDOVER

Utility Patent Application (A1)

June 23, 2022

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Applicants: Apple Inc.

Inventors: Qiming LI, Jie Cui, Yang Tang, Hua LI, Rui Huang

Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer programs, for implementing dual-connectivity handover. In one aspect, a method includes determining, by user equipment (UE), whether the UE is capable of simultaneous communication with a source cell and a target cell, generating, by the UE, a handover indicator, the handover indicator having one or more fields structuring data that indicates that the UE is capable of simultaneous communication with the source cell and the target cell, transmitting, by the UE, the handover indicator to an access node, and receiving, by the UE and from the access node based on receipt by the access node of the handover indicator, a command to perform handover.