GSM Signalling – 4 days

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the participant will: • • • Have a thorough understanding of the architecture and functions of the protocols used on the different interfaces in a GSM network. Be able to search, find and understand relevant information in the GSM specifications, and similar documents, regarding GSM protocol functions and signalling procedures. Through the combination of detailed descriptions and system wide overview given in the course, be able for example to ‘locate’ a signalling problem to a specific network node, interface or protocol. Possess a general understanding on how to interpret log files and traces taken from live networks.

SUITABLE FOR:

Those requiring in-depth knowledge of GSM, with particular reference to the access part of the network (MS-BSS-MSC/VLR). GSM System Overview or equivalent knowledge. This course provides a thorough understanding of the architecture and functions of the protocols used on the different interfaces in a GSM network, with focus on the MS-BSS-MSC/VLR part. Protocols on layers 2 and 3 are described in detail. Layer 1 (physical layer) is covered in less detail, with the exception of the very important air interface (Um). Extractions from the GSM specifications are used in addition to the course documentation to highlight certain protocol functions. Signalling flows for the most important signalling procedures are investigated step by step, looking at each message and its contents in detail. Protocol analysers are used to show the participant's real life examples of signalling flows, in addition to the ‘theoretical’ information.
A-Interface • Protocols for communication between MSC and BSC, MSC and MS: -BSSMAP, DTAP (L3) -MTP, SCCP (SS7) Other Interfaces • The use of MAP and TCAP in the GSM Switching System In the description of the various protocols, a protocol analyzer is used to illustrate the message structure and parameters used on different protocol layers Location Updating • Detailed step-by-step description of the complete signalling flow for Location Updating. Focus on Radio Resource and Mobility Management procedures Call Setup • Detailed step-by-step description of the complete signalling flow for Call Setup. Focus on Connection Management procedures for Call Control SMS Transfer p.t.p • Detailed step-by-step description of the complete signalling flow for transfer of Short Messages. Mobile Originated and Mobile terminated transfers are covered, with MS in both Idle and Busy mode SMS Transfer Cell Broadcast • Description of the functionality needed in different network nodes to realize the SMSCB service • The structure and transfer of a Cell Broadcast message Handover • Detailed step-by-step description of the complete signalling flow for intra-BSC handover • Synchronised and non-synchronised handovers Supplementary Services • Protocols for signalling related to Supplementary Service management. In the description of the traffic cases, a TEMS test mobile is used to illustrate the signalling flow and message contents. Live or recorded files from a number of operators are studied.

PREREQUISITES: CONTENTS:

GSM Overview • An overview of nodes, areas, traffic cases and identity numbers GSM Signalling Model • Introduction to the concept of layered protocols • Overview of the protocols defined for the different interfaces in a GSM network • ISDN call setup case as an introduction to signalling between network nodes Um Air Interface • The protocol architecture in the MS, describing each layer in detail: -CM, MM, RR (L3) -LAPDm (L2) -Radio channel (L1) Abis-Interface • Protocols for communication between BTS and BSC: -RR, BTSM (L3) -LAPD (L2) -PCM link (L1)

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