Vodafone Group has filed a patent for a resource management platform to manage network load in a telecommunications network. The platform facilitates the allocation of radio resources from one operator to another, enabling increased network capacity. GlobalData’s report on Vodafone Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Vodafone Group, Perimeter security was a key innovation area identified from patents. Vodafone Group's grant share as of January 2024 was 53%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Resource management platform for network load balancing

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Vodafone Group Plc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20230388810A1) describes a resource management platform designed to manage network load in a telecommunications network operated by a mobile network operator. The platform facilitates the allocation of radio resources from a second mobile network operator to the first operator, enabling an increase in available network capacity. The system can determine the most suitable mobile network operator from a range of options based on specific criteria provided in the request for radio resources, such as geographic area, radio access technology, coverage level, and duration of resource allocation.

Furthermore, the resource management platform can handle requests for the release of allocated radio resources, as well as requests for additional resources. These additional resources may include dedicated bandwidth or slices of radio resources, as well as traffic offload data for data traffic management. The platform aims to optimize network capacity and efficiency by leveraging resources from multiple mobile network operators. The methods outlined in the patent application involve proactive monitoring of network load thresholds, requesting and receiving configuration data for resource allocation, and utilizing the allocated resources to enhance network capacity and performance. Overall, the patent application presents a comprehensive approach to managing network load in a telecommunications network through collaborative resource allocation and efficient utilization strategies.

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