EPC and 4G Packet Networks

Driving the Mobile Broadband Revolution


  • Magnus Olsson, Ericsson, Sweden
  • Catherine Mulligan, Imperial College, London, UK

Get a comprehensive and detailed insight into the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with this clear, concise and authoritative guide - a fully updated second edition that covers the latest standards and industry developments


• The only book to describe and explain the entire EPC including architecture, features and protocols, giving you the knowledge and insight to see the potential in EPC, develop EPC products and deploy LTE/EPC mobile broadband Networks
• The Second Edition includes 150+ new pages and numerous new illustrations. The content has also been focused towards the mainstream deployment scenarios
• Written by established experts in the 3GPP standardization process, with extensive, in-depth experience of its goals, development and future direction
• Case studies of deployment scenarios show how the functions described within EPC are placed within a live network context
• Forewords written by Dr. Kalyani Bogineni and Dr. Ulf Nilsson


• The latest additions to the Evolved Packet System (EPS) including e.g. Positioning, User Data Management, eMBMS, SRVCC, VoLTE, CSFB
• A detailed description of the nuts and bolts of EPC that are required to really get services up and running on a variety of operator networks
• An in-depth overview of the EPC architecture and its connections to the wide variety of network accesses, including LTE, LTE-Advanced, WCDMA/HSPA, GSM, WiFi, etc.
• The most common operator scenarios of EPS and the common issues faced in their design
• The reasoning behind many of the design decisions taken in EPC, in order to understand the full details and background of the all-IP core


• 150+ New pages, new illustrations and call flows
• Covers 3GPP Release 9, 10 and 11 in addition to release 8
• Expanded coverage on Diameter protocol, interface and messages
• Architecture overview
• Positioning 
• User Data Management
• eMBMS (LTE Broadcasting)
• H(e)NodeB/Femto Cells
• LIPA/SIPTO/Breakout architectures
• Deployment Scenarios
• WiFi interworking
• VoLTE/MMTel, CS fallback and SRVCC

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Communications engineers working in wireless and cellular communications, telecom system managers, academic researchers, programmers


Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-394595-2

Table of Contents

Mobile Broadband and the Core Network Evolution; Architecture Overview; EPS Deployment Scenarios and Operator Cases; Data Services in EPS; Voice Services in EPS; Session Management and Mobility; Security; Quality of Service, Charging, and Policy Control; Selection Functions; Subscriber Data Management; Voice and Emergency Services; LTE Broadcasting; Positioning; Offload Functions and Simultaneous Multi-Access; EPS Network Entities and Interfaces; Protocols; Procedures; Conclusions and Looking Ahead; Appendices: Standards Bodies Associated with EPS; Abbreviations