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Title:
METHODS AND ARRANGEMENTS IN A TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR SENDING FEEDBACK DATA AND USER DATA ON A COMBINED FEEDBACK AND DATA CHANNEL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2010/036177
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method and an arrangement (400, 600) in a first and second node, respectively, are provided. In a step (220), the first node (110) sends a plurality of resource units in a time period on a combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data.

Inventors:
LARSSON DANIEL (SE)
HUSS FREDRIK (SE)
ERIKSSON ERIK (SE)
Application Number:
PCT/SE2009/050446
Publication Date:
April 01, 2010
Filing Date:
April 28, 2009
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Assignee:
ERICSSON TELEFON AB L M (SE)
LARSSON DANIEL (SE)
HUSS FREDRIK (SE)
ERIKSSON ERIK (SE)
International Classes:
H04L1/00; H04L5/00
Foreign References:
Other References:
NTT DOCOMO ET AL: "Multiplexing Method of Shared Control Channel in Uplink Single-Carrier FDMA Radio Access", INTERNET CITATION, 10 October 2005 (2005-10-10) - 14 October 2005 (2005-10-14), XP002450609, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20070912]
HUAWEI: "Further considerations on multiplexing method of Shared Control Channel in Uplink Single-Carrier FDMA", INTERNET CITATION, 7 November 2005 (2005-11-07) - 11 November 2005 (2005-11-11), XP002451165, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20070917]
MOTOROLA: "CQI Feedback Scheme for EUTRA", 3GPP DRAFT; R1-051334_CQI_, 3RD GENERATION PARTNERSHIP PROJECT (3GPP), MOBILE COMPETENCE CENTRE ; 650, ROUTE DES LUCIOLES ; F-06921 SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS CEDEX ; FRANCE, vol. RAN WG1, no. Seoul, Korea; 20051101, 7 November 2005 (2005-11-07) - 11 November 2005 (2005-11-11), XP050100932
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HASSELGREN, Joakim (Patent Unit LTE, Stockholm, SE)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A method in a first node (110) for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel to a second node (120), wherein the feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node (120) to the first node (110), and wherein a wireless communication system (100) comprises the first and second nodes (110, 120), the method comprising sending (220) a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel, wherein said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data, wherein at least a minimum number of resource units is reserved for allocation by the user data.

2. The method according to claim 1 , wherein the minimum number of resource units is based on a predetermined number of resource units.

3. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the minimum number of resource units is based on a ratio of an assigned number of resource units and a dynamic or predetermined numerical value, wherein the assigned number of resource units is assigned by a scheduler, comprised in the second node (120).

4. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the minimum number of resource units is based on a number of coded rank indicator symbols.

5. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the minimum number of resource units is based on a number of at least one of CQI, PMI and Rl information bits, wherein information bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl comprises non- coded data bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl.

6. The method according to any one of the preceding claims, further comprising receiving (210) scheduling information from the second node (120), wherein the scheduling information indicates resource units of the combined feedback and data channel available for use in a subsequent step of sending a plurality of resource units.

7. The method according to the preceding claim, wherein the plurality of resource units comprises at least some of the resource units indicated by the scheduling information.

8. An arrangement (400) in a first node (110) for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel to a second node (120), wherein the feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node (120) to the first node (110), and wherein a wireless communication system (100) is configured to comprise the first and second nodes

(110, 120), the arrangement (400) comprising a sending unit (410) configured to send a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel, wherein said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data, wherein at least a minimum number of resource units is reserved for allocation by the user data.

9. A method in a second node (120) for receiving feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel from a first node (110), wherein the feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node (120) to the first node (110), and wherein a wireless communication system (100) comprises the first and second nodes (110, 120), the method comprising receiving (220) a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel, wherein said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data, wherein at least a minimum number of resource units is reserved for allocation by the user data.

10. The method according to claim 9, wherein the minimum number of resource units is based on a predetermined number of resource units.

11. The method according to any one of claims 9-10, wherein the minimum number of resource units is based on a ratio of an assigned number of resource units and a dynamic or predetermined numerical value, wherein the assigned number of resource units is assigned by a scheduler, comprised in the second node (120).

12. The method according to any one of claims 9-11, wherein the minimum number of resource units is based on a number of coded rank indicator symbols.

13. The method according to any one of claims 9-12, wherein the minimum number of resource units is based on a number of at least one of CQI, PMI and Rl information bits, wherein information bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl comprises non-coded data bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl.

14. The method according to any one of claims 9-13, further comprising receiving (210) scheduling information from the second node (120), wherein the scheduling information indicates resource units of the combined feedback and data channel available for use in a subsequent step of sending a plurality of resource units.

15. The method according to the preceding claim, wherein the plurality of resource units comprises at least some of the resource units indicated by the scheduling information.

16. An arrangement (600) in a second node (120) for receiving feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel from a first node (110), wherein the feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node (120) to the first node (110), and wherein a wireless communication system (100) is configured to comprise the first and second nodes (110, 120), the arrangement (600) comprising a receiving unit (610) configured to receive a plurality of resource units in a time period of the combined feedback and data channel, wherein said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data, wherein at least a minimum number of resource units is reserved for allocation by the user data.

Description:
METHODS AND ARRANGEMENTS IN A TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR SENDING FEEDBACK DATA AND USER DATA ON A COMBINED FEEDBACK AND

DATA CHANNEL

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a method and arrangement in a telecommunication system, in particular to methods and arrangements for improved usage of the Physical Uplink Shared Channel in E-UTRAN.

More specifically, the present invention relates to a method and arrangement in a first node for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel, and to a method and arrangement in a second node for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel.

BACKGROUND

Long-Term Evolution (LTE) of UTRAN (also denoted E-UTRAN) uses OFDM in the downlink and DFT-spread OFDM in the uplink. The basic LTE downlink physical resource can thus be seen as a time-frequency grid as illustrated in figure 1, where each resource element corresponds to one OFDM subcarrier during one OFDM symbol interval. In the time domain (cf. figure 2), LTE downlink transmissions are organized into radio frames of 10 ms, each radio frame consisting of ten equally-sized subframes of length T suMramβ = 1 ms for frequency division duplex (FDD).

Furthermore, the resource allocation in LTE is typically described in terms of resource blocks, where a resource block corresponds to one slot (0.5 ms) in the time domain and 12 contiguous subcarriers in the frequency domain. Resource blocks are numbered in the frequency domain, starting with 0 from one end of the system bandwidth.

Downlink transmissions are dynamically scheduled, i.e. in each subframe the base station transmits control information about to which terminals data is transmitted and upon which resource blocks the data is transmitted, in the current downlink subframe.

This control signaling is typically transmitted in the first 1 , 2, 3 or 4 OFDM symbols in each subframe. A downlink system with 3 OFDM symbols as control is illustrated in figure 3.

LTE uses hybrid-ARQ, where, after receiving downlink data in a subframe, the terminal attempts to decode it and reports to the base station whether the decoding was successful (ACK) or not (NAK). In case of an unsuccessful decoding attempt, the base station can retransmit the erroneous data.

Uplink control signaling from the terminal to the base station consists of hybrid-ARQ acknowledgements for received downlink data; terminal reports related to the downlink channel conditions, used as assistance for the downlink scheduling; scheduling requests, indicating that a mobile terminal needs uplink resources for uplink data transmissions.

There are two different cases for transmitting uplink control signaling and which to use depends on whether the terminal is simultaneously transmitting data in the uplink. Both of the methods are supported by all terminals

(a) No simultaneous transmission of data and control:

In case the terminal does not transmit data at the same time as control, control signaling is transmitted on the Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH). The resource used for control channel transmissions is either indicated by the downlink transmission from with the control information resides or is semi-statically configured. With the exception of an aperiodic CSI (CQI/PMI/RI) scheduled without data transmission (CQI-only). Then the PUSCH will be used with the resource indicated in the grant message.

(b) Simultaneous transmission of data and control:

In case the terminal simultaneously need to transmit uplink control information and data, control and data are multiplexed prior to transmission and transmitted on the Physical Uplink Shared Channel (PUSCH).

If the mobile terminal has been assigned an uplink resource for data transmission and at the same time instance has control information to transmit, it will transmit the control information together with the data. The control information can consists of ACK/NAK feedback for the downlink transmission, channel quality indicator (CQI) 1 precoding matrix indicator PMI and rank indicator (Rl). Figure 4 illustrates the position of data and the different control types in one subframe from one mobile terminal. As illustrated in figure 4, CQI and PMI is jointly coded and uses the same set of resource elements. Scheduling requests are not transmitted together with uplink data, instead is a buffer status report transmitted jointly coded with the data if it has been triggered. CQI/PMI can be requested by a bit in the uplink grant. The CQI/PMI format used for requested reports is frequency selective while periodic reports configured on PUCCH is smaller but often non-selective.

The different control types are multiplexed with data differently. The amount of resources used for CQI/PMI and Rl is taken into account when data is placed in the subframe so that data is only placed at the positions not allocated by CQI/PMI and Rl. The ACK/NACK then overwrites the data and possible also CQI/PMI.

The amount of data that is transmitted within assigned resource blocks in uplink is indicated by the number of resource blocks assigned and a modulation coding scheme, as illustrated in figure 5. One of the principles behind this design is that the amount of resources blocks assigned to the uplink transmission should be independent from the set of possible code rates, i.e. the same code rates for data is available independent from the number of resource blocks assigned (slight differences exists).

The amount of control information that is transmitted together with data is determined by the code rate of data, without taking the amount of control information into account. Since the data on PUSCH is protected by the HARQ protocol it is usually operated at a high error rate than required for the ACK/NAK, CQI/PMI and Rl. Therefore it is possible to configure an offset so that control is given a lower code rate than data by a certain number of dB.

It is possible to send reports regarding downlink channel condition on PUSCH also without data, indicated by a special point in the MCS table. If other control information is multiplexed with such a transmission the code rate of that control information is dependent on the code rate of CQI/PMI instead of data. The CQI/PMI fields is the by far the large possible control field as it can consist of as much as 5000 coded bits, as compared to the Rl and ACK/NACK which is up to about 400 coded bits.

In 3GPP contribution R 1-082923, there is proposed to adopt the definition of code rate in the control information MCS calculation formulation. The proposed definition of code rate is based on the payload size of data including any CRC, the payload size of CQI/PMI including CRC if any, the payload size of Rank information, the number of usable resource elements in the PUSCH transmission, the modulation order, and the offset value of CQI/PMI and Rank, respectively. The purpose of this proposal is to reduce for example problems related to the fact that the code rate, at which the number of resource elements to be used by the control information, is derived from a "virtual" code rate of data, i.e data and control are "rate matched" into the PUSCH, so the data encoded bits will actually never occupy the entire PUSCH.

SUMMARY

If a mobile terminal is only assigned a few resource blocks and a low code rate together with large CQI/PMI report it will in principle only transmit the CQI/PMI and no data.

The reason that this is problematic from a performance view is that the CQI/PMI report can not be sent together with a small data package such as TCP ACK or a buffer status report, if a few number of resource blocks has been assigned to the mobile terminal.

In order for the base station to operate a frequency selective scheduler it will require the CQI reports with high periodicity. Since the TCP ACKs can not be send together with the

CQI reports with the current design it will force the eNB to not having the frequency selective CQI reports or requesting them separately. Not having frequency selective reports could loss as much as 10-20% in downlink cell capacity. Requesting CQI separately will cost both in uplink resources and downlink control signaling, possible resulting in an even higher capacity loss.

Another issue is that when requesting CQI reports, there is often room to send a small data package or a buffer status report if the channel quality is good enough. Allowing this to be sent would reduce latency since the mobile terminal otherwise have to first send a scheduling request.

The above mentioned contribution R1 -082923 addresses a related problem. However the solution is faulty, because the amount of Rl information bits will be dependent on the amount of CQI/PMI information bits. The problem with this is that the Rl value indicates the amount of CQI/PMI information bits. The intention in said document is to limit the drift in code rate offset for small allocations but it does not address the problem with the smaller transport formats, that more CQI/PMI symbols can be generated than the actual resource elements assigned can support.

Therefore, an object of the present invention is to increase performance and flexibility of the downlink in a wireless communication system.

As it is inter alia the amount of CQI/PMI symbols that has been identified to be the cause of the problems mentioned above, it is an idea of the present invention to limit the amount of resource elements, or more generally resource units, used for, e.g., the CQI/PMI when transmitted on a combined control and user data channel, such as PUSCH, together with user data.

According to an aspect of the invention, the object is achieved by a method in a first node, such as a mobile terminal, for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel to a second node, such as a radio network node. The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node to the first node. A wireless communication system comprises the first and second nodes. In a step, the first node sends a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data.

According to another aspect of the invention, the object is achieved by an arrangement in a first node, such as a mobile terminal, for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel to a second node, such as a radio network node. The first node may comprise the arrangement. The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node to the first node. A wireless communication system is configured to comprise the first and second nodes. The arrangement may comprise a sending unit configured to send a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data. Optionally, the arrangement may comprise a receiving unit and/or a processing unit.

According to a further aspect of the invention, the object is achieved by a method in a second node, such as a radio network node, for receiving feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel from a first node, such as a mobile terminal.

The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node to the first node. A wireless communication system comprises the first and second nodes. In a step, the second node receives a plurality of resource units in a time period of the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data.

According to yet another aspect of the invention, the object is achieved by an arrangement in the second node, such as a radio network node, for receiving feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel from a first node, such as a mobile terminal. The second node may comprise the arrangement. The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node to the first node. A wireless communication system is configured to comprise the first and second nodes. The arrangement may comprise a receiving unit configured to receive a plurality of resource units in a time period of the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data. Optionally, the arrangement comprises a sending unit and/or a processing unit.

It may be noted that, in some embodiments, the resource unit may be a resource element, which is known from LTE terminology. The first and second nodes use corresponding methods for sending and receiving, respectively, feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel, wherein at least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data. Advantageously, it is assured that at least some user data is transferred in each time period of the combined feedback and data channel. Thereby, the above mentioned object is achieved.

Further features of, and advantages with, the present invention will become apparent when studying the appended claims and the following description. It is to be understood that different features of the present invention may be combined to create embodiments other than those described in the following, without departing from the scope of the present invention, as defined by the appended claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Figure 1 illustrates in a time-frequency grid the downlink physical resources in an E-

UTRAN.

Figure 2 illustrates the LTE time-domain structure.

Figure 3 illustrates the LTE downlink subframe.

Figure 4 illustrates the uplink subframe with control for normal cyclic prefix. Figure 5 illustrates a TBS (Transport Block Size) table layout.

Figure 6 shows an exemplifying, schematic overview of a radio communication system, in which the present invention may be implemented.

Figure 7 shows a schematic combined signaling and flow chart of an embodiment of the method performed in the radio communication system according to Figure 6. Figure 8 shows a schematic flow chart over an embodiment of the method in the first node.

Figure 9 shows a schematic block diagram over an embodiment of the arrangement in the first node.

Figure 10 shows a schematic flow chart over an embodiment of the method in the second node.

Figure 11 shows a schematic block diagram over an embodiment of the arrangement in the second node. DETAILED DESCRIPTION

As noted above, a resource block corresponds to one slot (0.5 ms) in the time domain and 12 contiguous subcarriers in the frequency domain. Moreover, resource blocks are normally numbered in the frequency domain, starting with 0 from one end of the system bandwidth.

In LTE 1 a resource unit may be referred to as a resource element and 12x7 resource elements may be comprised in a resource block. A resource element corresponds to one OFDM subcarrier during one OFDM symbol interval. The smallest unit for scheduling is 12x14 resource elements, i.e. two consecutive resource blocks. Hence, a resource unit, in general, may comprise one or more OFDM subcarriers during one or more OFDM symbol intervals.

As the code rate of the data is independent on how many resource blocks a mobile terminal is assigned in uplink, the number of control bits will also be independent from the number of physical resource blocks, which is associated with several problems. The

CQI/PMI field is the far largest field and thus the most problematic. However, although the following detailed description addresses the identified problems by means of the

CQI/PMI field as an example, embodiments of the present invention are not restricted to this field but other control fields can be handled similarly.

As it is inter alia the amount of CQI/PMI symbols that has been identified to be the cause of the problems mentioned above, it is the basic idea of some embodiments of the present invention to limit the amount of resource elements used for, e.g., the CQI/PMI when transmitted on PUSCH together with data. The following relates to methods to limit the amount of coded CQI/PMI symbols and still keep the current structure with linking the amount of CQI/PMI symbols with the code rate of data.

In some embodiments, there is provided a method in a mobile terminal for sending control information together with data. The method comprises a step of limiting the amount of resource elements used for CQI/PMI, wherein the limitation of the amount of resource elements is based on one or more of a constant value, as a ratio of the number of resources allocated in resource assignment, dependent on the transport block size for data, amount of coded Rl symbols and/or the amount of CQI/PMI and/or Rl information bits. Furthermore, the method comprises a step of sending data and CQI/PMI on PUSCH.

According to a first embodiment of the present invention, the limit can either be set as a constant value independent from the number of resources allocated or as a ratio of the number of resources allocated in the resource assignment. The limit can also be dependent on other factors like transport block size for data.

One example is described in the equation below. In this case the mobile terminal can only allocate half the resource elements to CQI/PMI

r PUSCH X 4 PVSCH , Xj PUSCH

Q = min 1VI sc J y symb where the notation is defined in the document 3GPP 36.212. This will lead to a monotonically decreasing code rate for data with decreasing transport block size selection. This will also keep higher transport formats unaffected.

It is further possible to take into account the amount of coded Rl symbols when limiting the amount of coded CQI/PMI symbols as in the equation below

Another embodiment of the present invention is to take into account the amount of CQI/PMI and/or Rl information bits when calculating the code rate for CQI/PMI. This will reduce the number of symbols allocated to CQI/PMI as the number of CQI/PMI information bits increases. It is further possible to combine this option with the ones above, as in the following equation (O + L)- M PUSCH N PUSCH symb

Q' = min .risen ,M PUSCH N PUSCH

- Q, R'l

15 '--*" c-i 10 l0 ■ ∑K r +O + L r=0

Embodiments of the present invention thus allow small amounts of data to be transmitted together with CQI/PMI report in the case few resource blocks are assigned to a mobile terminal. Hence, this allows for high CQI reporting frequency on PUSCH at low cost, therefore increasing the overall cell performance of up to 10-20%. It will also reduce latency by allowing small data packages or buffer status reports to be sent immediately in CQI reports.

Throughout the following description similar reference numerals have been used to denote similar elements, parts, items, nodes, arrangements or features, when applicable.

Figure 6 shows an exemplifying, schematic overview of a radio communication system, in which the present invention may be implemented. It may, in some embodiments, be preferred that the radio communication system 100 is a SABLTE system, an LTE- advance system or the like. The radio communication system 100 may comprise a first node 110, such as a mobile terminal. It may be noted that the first node may be a first network node, a first radio network node, a cellular phone, a PDA, user equipment or the like. Furthermore, the radio communication system 100 may comprise a second node 120, such as a radio network node. It may be noted that the second node may be a second network node, a second radio network node, a radio base station, an evolved- NodeB, a radio network controller or the like. The first node 110 is served by the second node 120.

Referring to Figure 7, there is shown a schematic combined signaling and flow chart of an embodiment of the method in the radio communication system 100 according to Figure 6 for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel to a second node 120. The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node 120 to the first node 110. It may be noted that channel properties in some contexts may be referred to as channel characteristics and/or channel state information.

In some embodiments of the method in the radio communication system 100, feedback data comprises one or more of CQI, PMI and Rl.

In some embodiments of the method in the radio communication system 100, wherein the radio communication system 100 is a SAE/LTE system, it may be preferred that the feedback and data channel comprises a Physical Uplink Shared Control Channel (PUSCH) or the like.

It may be noted that the first and second nodes 110, 120 are configured to use corresponding methods for reserving a minimum number of resource units for allocation by user data. The minimum number of resource units may be configurable by the wireless network or may be defined according to a standard specification.

In an optional step 210, the first node 110 receives scheduling information from the second node 120. The scheduling information indicates resource units of the combined feedback and data channel available for use in a subsequent step of sending a plurality of resource units. The scheduling information may also indicate the number of data bits to send using the indicated, available resource units. Optionally, the plurality of resource units comprises at least some of the resource units indicated by the scheduling information. In LTE, a resource unit may be referred to as a resource element and 12x7 resource elements are comprised in a resource block. The smallest unit for scheduling is 12x14 resource elements, i.e. two consecutive resource blocks.

In a step 220, the first node 110 sends a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data. Thus, the first node 110 reserves a minimum number of resource units for allocation by the user data. Expressed differently, there is a limit for the amount of coded CQI/PMI symbols. The limit may be set as a constant value, as a ratio of the number of resources allocated in resource assignment, dependent on the transport block size for data, amount of coded Rl symbols and/or the amount of CQI/PMI and/or Rl information bits. In LTE, a time period may be referred to as a subframe.

In Figure 8, there is shown a schematic flow chart over an embodiment of the method in the first node 110, such as a mobile terminal, for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel to a second node 120, such as a radio network node. The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node 120 to the first node 110. A wireless communication system 100 comprises the first and second nodes 110, 120. The following step may be performed.

In a step 220, the first node 110 sends a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data.

In some embodiments of the method in the first node 110, the minimum number of resource units is based on a predetermined number of resource units. Advantageously, simple implementation of the method may be obtained since the predetermined number is static and may be configured in the first node in conjunction with manufacturing of the first node. In this manner, signaling is only increased during configuration of the network, or the radio communication system. The predetermined number of resources may be determined by a standard specification or may be configured by the wireless network.

In some embodiments of the method in the first node 110, the minimum number of resource units is based on a ratio of an assigned number of resource units and a dynamic or predetermined numerical value, wherein the assigned number of resource units is assigned by a scheduler, comprised in the second node 120. In this manner, the minimum number of resource units changes as a result of different number of assigned resource units. For example, when the number of assigned resource units is fairly small, it is implied that there is less room for feedback data. With this embodiment, the minimum number of resource units is dependent on the number of assigned resource units and, thus, it is compensated for the fact that there is less room for feedback data. The expression "less room" means that there are fewer resource units available for feedback data when the assigned number of resource units is less.

In some embodiments of the method in the first node 110, the minimum number of resource units is based on a number of coded rank indicator symbols. In this manner, occupied, or used, resource units may be compensated for.

In some embodiments of the method in the first node 110, the minimum number of resource units is based on a number of at least one of CQI, PMI and Rl information bits, wherein information bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl comprises non-coded data bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl. Hence, the minimum number of resource units is based on the information bits that have not yet been coded. In a next step, the number of coded resource units available for data may be calculated from the information bits that have not yet been coded.

In some embodiments of the method in the first node 110, the method further comprises a step of receiving 210 scheduling information from the second node 120. The scheduling information indicates resource units of the combined feedback and data channel available for use in a subsequent step of sending a plurality of resource units. Optionally, the plurality of resource units comprises at least some of the resource units indicated by the scheduling information. However, in most applications, it may be preferred to use all available resource units.

With reference to Figure 9, there is shown a schematic block diagram over an embodiment of the arrangement 400 in the first node 110, such as a mobile terminal, for sending feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel to a second node 120. The first node 110 may comprise the arrangement 400. The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node 120 to the first node 110. A wireless communication system 100 is configured to comprise the first and second nodes 110, 120. The arrangement 400 may comprise a sending unit 410 configured to send a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data. Optionally, the arrangement 400 may comprise a receiving unit 420 and/or a processing unit 430.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 400 in the first node 110 1 the sending unit 410 may be configured to base the minimum number of resource units on a predetermined number of resource units. Advantageously, simple implementation of the arrangement may be obtained since the predetermined number is static and may be configured in the first node in conjunction with manufacturing of the first node. In this manner, signaling is only increased during configuration of the network, or the radio communication system.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 400 in the first node 110, the sending unit 410 may be configured to base the minimum number of resource units on a ratio of an assigned number of resource units and a dynamic or predetermined numerical value, wherein the assigned number of resource units is assigned by a scheduler, comprised in the second node 120. In this manner, the minimum number of resource units changes as a result of different number of assigned resource units. For example, when the number of assigned resource units is fairly small, it is implied that there is less room for feedback data. With this embodiment, the minimum number of resource units is dependent on the number of assigned resource units and, thus, it is compensated for the fact that there is less room for feedback data. The expression "less room" means that there are fewer resource units available for feedback data when the assigned number of resource units is less.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 400in the first node 110, the sending unit 410 may be configured to base the minimum number of resource units on a number of coded rank indicator symbols. In this manner, occupied, or used, resource units may be compensated for.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 400 in the first node 110, the sending unit 410 may be configured to base the minimum number of resource units on a number of at least one of CQI, PMI and Rl information bits, wherein information bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl comprises non-coded data bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl. Hence, the minimum number of resource units is based on the information bits that have not yet been coded. In a next step, the number of coded resource units available for data may be calculated from the information bits that have not yet been coded.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 400 in the first node 110, the receiving unit 420 configured to receive scheduling information from the second node 120. The scheduling information indicates resource units of the combined feedback and data channel available for use in a subsequent step of sending a plurality of resource units.

Optionally, the plurality of resource units comprises at least some of the resource units indicated by the scheduling information. However, in most applications, it may be preferred to use all available resource units.

Now turning to Figure 10, there is shown a schematic flow chart over an embodiment of the method in the second node 120 , such as a radio network node, for receiving feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel from a first node 110, such as a mobile terminal. The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node 120 to the first node 110. A wireless communication system 100 comprises the first and second nodes 110, 120. The following step may be performed.

In a step 220, the second node 120 receives a plurality of resource units in a time period on the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data.

In some embodiments of the method in the second node 120, the minimum number of resource units is based on a predetermined number of resource units. Advantageously, simple implementation of the method may be obtained since the predetermined number is static and may be configured in the second node in conjunction with manufacturing of the second node. In this manner, signaling is only increased during configuration of the network, or the radio communication system.

In some embodiments of the method in the second node 120, the minimum number of resource units is based on a ratio of an assigned number of resource units and a dynamic or predetermined numerical value, wherein the assigned number of resource units is assigned by a scheduler, comprised in the second node 120. In this manner, the minimum number of resource units changes as a result of different number of assigned resource units. For example, when the number of assigned resource units is fairly small, it is implied that there is less room for feedback data. With this embodiment, the minimum number of resource units is dependent on the number of assigned resource units and, thus, it is compensated for the fact that there is less room for feedback data. The expression "less room" means that there are fewer resource units available for feedback data when the assigned number of resource units is less.

In some embodiments of the method in the second node 120, the minimum number of resource units is based on a number of coded rank indicator symbols. In this manner, occupied, or used, resource units may be compensated for.

In some embodiments of the method in the second node 120, the minimum number of resource units is based on a number of at least one of CQI, PMI and Rl information bits, wherein information bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl comprises non-coded data bits for CQI,

PMI and/or Rl. Hence, the minimum number of resource units is based on the information bits that have not yet been coded. In a next step, the number of coded resource units available for data may be calculated from the information bits that have not yet been coded.

In some embodiments of the method in the second node 120, the method further comprises a step of receiving 210 scheduling information from the second node 120. The scheduling information indicates resource units of the combined feedback and data channel available for use in a subsequent step of sending a plurality of resource units. Optionally, the plurality of resource units comprises at least some of the resource units indicated by the scheduling information. However, in most applications, it may be preferred to use all available resource units.

In Figure 11 , there is shown a schematic block diagram over an embodiment of the arrangement 600 in the second node 120, such as a radio network node, for receiving feedback data and user data on a combined feedback and data channel from a first node 110, such as a mobile terminal. The second node 120 may comprise the arrangement 600. The feedback data is indicative of channel properties of a data channel for sending data from the second node 120 to the first node 110. A wireless communication system 100 is configured to comprise the first and second nodes 110, 120. The arrangement 600 may comprise a receiving unit 610 configured to receive a plurality of resource units in a time period of the combined feedback and data channel. Said plurality of resource units comprises information about feedback data and user data. At least a minimum number of resource units are reserved for allocation by the user data. Optionally, the arrangement comprises a sending unit 620 and/or a processing unit 630.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 600 in the second node 120, the receiving unit 610 may be configured to base the minimum number of resource units on a predetermined number of resource units. Advantageously, simple implementation of the arrangement 600 may be obtained since the predetermined number is static and may be configured in the second node in conjunction with manufacturing of the second node. In this manner, signaling is only increased during configuration of the network, or the radio communication system.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 600 in the second node 120, the receiving unit 610 may be configured to base the minimum number of resource units on a ratio of an assigned number of resource units and a dynamic or predetermined numerical value, wherein the assigned number of resource units is assigned by a scheduler, comprised in the second node 120. In this manner, the minimum number of resource units changes as a result of different number of assigned resource units. For example, when the number of assigned resource units is fairly small, it is implied that there is less room for feedback data. With this embodiment, the minimum number of resource units is dependent on the number of assigned resource units and, thus, it is compensated for the fact that there is less room for feedback data. The expression "less room" means that there are fewer resource units available for feedback data when the assigned number of resource units is less.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 600 in the second node 120, the receiving unit 610 may be configured to base the minimum number of resource units on a number of coded rank indicator symbols. In this manner, occupied, or used, resource units may be compensated for. In some embodiments of the arrangement 600 in the second node 120, the receiving unit 610 may be configured to base the minimum number of resource units on a number of at least one of CQI, PMI and Rl information bits, wherein information bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl comprises non-coded data bits for CQI, PMI and/or Rl. Hence, the minimum number of resource units is based on the information bits that have not yet been coded. In a next step, the number of coded resource units available for data may be calculated from the information bits that have not yet been coded.

In some embodiments of the arrangement 600 in the second node 120, the arrangement 600 further comprises a sending unit configured to send scheduling information to the first node 110. The scheduling information indicates resource units of the combined feedback and data channel available for use in a subsequent step of sending a plurality of resource units. Optionally, the plurality of resource units comprises at least some of the resource units indicated by the scheduling information. However, in most applications, it may be preferred to use all available resource units.

Even though the invention has been described with reference to specific exemplifying embodiments thereof, many different alterations, modifications and the like will become apparent for those skilled in the art. The described embodiments are therefore not intended to limit the scope of the invention, which is defined by the appended claims.