Sinclair Eyes 5G, Hyperlocal Broadcasts

Sinclair Broadcast Group sees potential to use next-generation 5G wireless networks deliver both national and “hyperlocal” content to consumers, according to a patent application published on Thursday.

The station group owner, which has been pushing broadcasters to embrace the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard, also details how it could use LTE broadcast (eMBMS) technology. Sinclair Director of Advanced Technology Mike Simon and VP of Advanced Technology Mark Aitken are named as inventors on the patent application, titled, “Next-generation broadcast platform radio frame extensibility broadcasting / unicast TDD in intelligent heterogeneous networks.”

Abstract: A method for operating an extensible mode of communication in an intelligent heterogeneous network includes the step of using an extensibility tool to provide an extensible framing structure. The method further includes the step of combining a centralized radio access network topology with an intelligent IP core network to enable sharing of spectrum resources. The method further includes the step of providing a supplemental return channel to facilitate paging.

Patent Application

Claims:

  1. A method for operating an extensible mode of communication in an intelligent heterogeneous network, the method comprising the steps of: using an extensibility tool to provide an extensible framing structure; combining a centralized radio access network topology with an intelligent IP core network to enable sharing of spectrum resources; and providing a supplemental return channel to facilitate paging.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the extensible mode of communication comprises time-division duplexing, including broadcast and unicast modes
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the extensible framing structure comprises an extensible OFDM framing structure.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the extensibility tool is comprised of at least one of base band sample rates and time-aligned symbols.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the combining a centralized radio access network topology with an intelligent IP core network enables multi radio access technologies.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein a first radio access technology is dynamically assigned to at least one cell sector on a tall tower under intelligence of a node in IP core network, and wherein a second radio access technology is assigned for tall towers and larger service areas.
  1. The method of claim 5, wherein the multi radio access technologies are enabled using a bootstrap tool.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of gathering user data at the intelligent IP core network and enabling personalized services through paging based on the gathered user data.
  1. The method of claim 8, wherein the personalized services are further enabled based on geographical awareness or geographical location.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of providing a hyper local service based on geographical awareness via functionality enabled by the intelligent heterogeneous network.
  1. The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of providing enhanced life-line emergency services via functionality enabled by the intelligent heterogeneous network.
  1. The method of claim 1, wherein the extensible framing structure is configured to encapsulate a third party symbol for transport and efficient use of spectrum resources.