Managing channel element licenses for base transceiver stations. Preferred
methods include license accounting at a BSC or MTS level, thereby
providing better utilization of BTS channel element licenses in a
wireless communication network. The BTS notifies a license manager
whenever a channel element is put into use by transmitting a first
channel element utilization message. If the number of available license
has been not been exceeded, the license manager transmits a channel
element utilization authorization message. If, on the other hand, the
number of available license has been exceeded, the license manager
transmits a channel element utilization denial message, instruction the
BTS to terminate the call setup. Alternative embodiments include the BTS
requesting a license using a first channel element utilization message
and awaiting authorization prior to utilization of the channel element.
The BTS preferably transmits a second channel element utilization message
indicating the channel element is no longer in use.