Cell Tower Load Balancing and service improvement through smart-scheduling update notifications
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-25
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed is a method to balance the load on cell phone towers by scheduling application update notifications to occur at a time when the cell towers are under the least load.
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Cell Tower Load Balancing and service improvement through smart -scheduling update notifications
During peak hours, most cell phone carriers provide subpar service because the cell towers are overloaded with data requests. The known solutions are bandwidth caps that force the users to be more conservative about data usage.
Many people with smart phones have many applications (apps) installed on the phone. When a new version of an app is released and available, the users are notified. Many users install the newer versions of the application as soon as the notification is received, and do not worry about the load of the cell tower or how many other subscribers are trying to actively use the data service from the cell tower.
The solution is a method to balance the load on cell phone towers by scheduling the application update notifications to occur at a time when the cell towers are under the least load. This leads to service that is more reliable during peak hours (e.g., fewer dropped calls).
In a preferred embodiment of the system, when the new application versions are pushed out, the notifications are not instantly displayed to the user. Instead, the software-updater on the phone queries the local cell towers for associated load information. The software-updater identifies the least busy tower to which to download the data. If all the connected towers are in heavy use, then the updater periodically check loads and notifies users when the loads are less than a ce...