EPC and 4G Packet Networks

EPC and 4G Packet Networks

Driving the Mobile Broadband Revolution

2nd Edition - October 3, 2012

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  • Authors: Magnus Olsson, Catherine Mulligan
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123948298
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123945952

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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 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 NEW CONTENT TO THIS EDITION • 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

Key Features

  • SAE is the core network that supports LTE, the next key stage in development of the UMTS network to provide mobile broadband. It aims to provide an efficient, cost-effective solution for the ever-increasing number of mobile broadband subscribers
  • There is no other book on the market that covers the entire SAE network architecture; this book summarizes the important parts of the standards, but goes beyond mere description and offers real insight and explanation of the technology
  • Fully updated with the latest developments since the first edition published, and now including additional material and insights on industry trends and views regarding future potential applications of SAE


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

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Dr. Kalyani Bogineni

    Foreword by Dr. Ulf Nilsson


    Part I: Introduction – Background and Vision of EPC

    Part II: Overview of EPS

    Part III: Key Concepts and Services

    Part IV: The Nuts and Bolts of EPC

    Part V: Conclusion and Future of EPS


    List of Abbreviations

    Part I: Introduction – Background and Vision of EPC

    Chapter 1. Mobile Broadband and the Core Network Evolution

    1.1 A Global Standard

    1.2 Origins of the Evolved Packet Core

    1.3 A Shifting Value Chain

    1.4 Terminology Used in This Book

    Part II: Overview of EPS

    Chapter 2. Architecture Overview

    2.1 EPS Architecture

    2.2 Mobile Network Radio Technologies

    Chapter 3. EPS Deployment Scenarios and Operator Cases

    3.1 Scenario 1: Existing GSM/GPRS and/or WCDMA/HSPA Operators Deploying LTE/EPC

    3.2 Scenario 2: Existing CDMA Operators Deploying LTE/EPC

    3.3 Scenario 3: New Operators Deploying LTE/EPC

    Chapter 4. Data Services in EPS

    4.1 Messaging Services

    4.2 Machine Type Communication

    Chapter 5. Voice Services in EPS

    5.1 Realization of Voice Over LTE

    5.2 Voice Services Using IMS Technology

    5.3 Single-Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC)

    5.4 Circuit-Switched Fallback

    5.5 Comparing MMTel/SRVCC and CSFB

    5.6 IMS Emergency Calls and Priority Services

    Part III: Key Concepts and Services

    Chapter 6. Session Management and Mobility

    6.1 IP Connectivity and Session Management

    6.2 Session Management, Bearers, and QoS Aspects

    6.3 Subscriber Identifiers and Corresponding Legacy Identities

    6.4 Mobility Principles

    6.5 Interworking with Managed WLAN Networks

    6.6 Pooling, Overload Protection, and Congestion Control

    Chapter 7. Security

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Security Services

    7.3 Network Access Security

    7.4 Network Domain Security

    7.5 User Domain Security

    7.6 Security Aspects of Home eNBs and Home NBs

    7.7 Lawful Intercept

    Chapter 8. Quality of Service, Charging, and Policy Control

    8.1 Quality of Service

    8.2 Policy and Charging Control

    8.3 Charging

    Chapter 9. Selection Functions

    9.1 Architecture Overview for Selection Functions

    9.2 Selection of MME, SGSN, Serving GW, and PDN GW

    9.3 PCRF Selection

    Chapter 10. Subscriber Data Management

    10.1 Home Subscriber Server (HSS)

    10.2 Subscriber Profile Repository (SPR)

    10.3 User Data Convergence (UDC)

    Chapter 11. Voice and Emergency Services

    11.1 Voice Services Based on Circuit-Switched Technology

    11.2 Voice Services with IMS Technology

    11.3 MMTel

    11.4 VoLTE

    11.5 T-ADS

    11.6 Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC)

    11.7 IMS Centralized Services (ICS)

    11.8 SRVCC from E-UTRAN to CDMA 1xRTT

    11.9 Circuit-Switched Fallback

    11.10 Migration Paths and Coexistence of Circuit-Switched and VoLTE

    11.11 EPS Emergency Bearer Service for IMS Emergency

    11.12 Multimedia Priority Service (MPS)

    Chapter 12. LTE Broadcasting

    12.1 Background and Main Concepts

    12.2 MBMS Solution Overview

    12.3 MBMS User Services

    12.4 Mobile Network Architecture for MBMS

    12.5 MBMS Bearer Services

    Chapter 13. Positioning

    13.1 Positioning Solutions

    13.2 Positioning Architecture and Protocols

    13.3 Positioning Methods

    13.4 Position-Reporting Formats

    13.5 EPS Positioning Entities and Interfaces

    13.6 Positioning Procedure

    Chapter 14. Offload Functions and Simultaneous Multi-Access

    14.1 Introduction

    14.2 Offloading the 3GPP RAN – Simultaneous Multi-Access

    14.3 Offloading the Core and Transport Network – Selected IP Traffic Offload (SIPTO)

    14.4 Access to Local Networks – Local IP Access (LIPA)

    Part IV: The Nuts and Bolts of EPC

    Chapter 15. EPS Network Entities and Interfaces

    15.1 Network Entities

    15.2 Control Plane Between UE, eNodeB, and MME

    15.3 GTP-Based Interfaces

    15.4 PMIP-Based Interfaces

    15.5 DSMIPv6-Based Interfaces

    15.6 HSS-Related Interfaces and Protocols

    15.7 AAA-Related Interfaces

    15.8 PCC-Related Interfaces

    15.9 EIR-Related Interfaces

    15.10 I-WLAN-Related Interfaces

    15.11 ANDSF-Related Interfaces

    15.12 HRPD IW-Related Interfaces

    15.13 Interface to External Networks

    15.14 CSS Interface

    Chapter 16. Protocols

    16.1 Introduction

    16.2 GPRS Tunneling Protocol Overview

    16.3 Mobile IP

    16.4 Proxy Mobile IPv6

    16.5 Diameter

    16.6 Generic Routing Encapsulation

    16.7 S1-AP

    16.8 Non-Access Stratum (NAS)

    16.9 IP Security

    16.10 Extensible Authentication Protocol

    16.11 Stream Control Transmission Protocol

    Chapter 17. Procedures

    17.1 Attachment and Detachment for E-UTRAN

    17.2 Tracking Area Update for E-UTRAN

    17.3 Service Request for E-UTRAN

    17.4 Intra- and Inter-3GPP Access Handover

    17.5 Bearer and QoS-Related Procedures

    17.6 Attachment and Detachment for Non-3GPP Accesses

    17.7 Intersystem Handover Between 3GPP and Non-3GPP Accesses

    17.8 QoS-Related Procedures in Non-3GPP Accesses

    Part V: Conclusion and Future of EPS

    Chapter 18. Conclusions and Looking Ahead

    Appendix A: Standards Bodies Associated with EPS

    SAE History and Background

    Impact of Standardization Processes on SAE

    Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)

    Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

    Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)



Product details

  • No. of pages: 624
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: October 3, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123948298
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123945952

About the Authors

Magnus Olsson

Magnus Olsson is an expert in system architecture and standardization at Ericsson. He has worked with the overall mobile network architecture since joining Ericsson in 1995 and has over 10 years of experience in the standardization of mobile systems. He served as the chairman of 3GPP TSG SA WG2 (Architecture Working Group) for four years and has contributed to numerous specifications within this forum. He has been involved in driving the System Architecture Evolution (SAE) work item since its inception within 3GPP. He holds an MSc in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Linköping Institute of Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ericsson, Sweden

Catherine Mulligan

Dr Cathy Mulligan is a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College and was a founding Co-Director of the ICL Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering. She is also a Senior Research Associate at University College where she is Chief Technology Officer of the GovTech Lab and DataNet, which focuses on the potential and application of blockchain, AI and advanced communications technologies as a foundational part of the world’s economy. Cathy is an expert and fellow of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain council and has recently become a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Co-Operation. She holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge and is the author of several books on telecommunications including EPC and IoT.

Affiliations and Expertise

Imperial College, London, UK

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