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What is RAB?

The purpose of a Radio Access Bearer (RAB) is to provide a connection segment

using the WCDMA Radio Access Network (WCDMA RAN) for support of a UMTS
bearer service. The WCDMA RAN can provide Radio Access Bearer connections
with different characteristics in order to match requirements for different UMTS

In attached figure the different RABs supported in the P3 WCDMA Radio Access
Network are illustrated.

1. Coverage KPI
UL Interference Cell Ratio
Soft HO Ratio
2. Accessibility KPI
RRC Connection Set-up
RAB Set-up
Radio Access Success Rate
3. Retainability KPI
CS Service Drop Ratio
PS Service Drop Ratio
4. Mobility KPI
Soft Handover Success Ratio
Inter-Freq Hard Handover Success Ratio
CS Inter-RAT HO Success Ratio
5. Other Available KPI
Worst Cell Ratio

* The conversational speech RAB is tailored to 12.2kbps Adaptive Multi Rate
(AMR) speech and will also be used to carry emergency calls.

* Video telephony and ftp services may be offered across the Conversational 64
kbps Circuit Switched (CS) RAB.

* The streaming 57.6 kbps is offered to support a specific modem.

* The new PS streaming 8/54 kbps RAB will be implemented on DCH. This
streaming RAB will be supported only in combination with PS interactive 8/8
kbps RB, no standalone PS streaming RAB will be supported.

* The maximum data rate supported by the Interactive RAB (Packet Switched,
PS) is 384 kbps in the downlink and 64 kbps in the uplink, making it ideal for
email or web browsing.

* It is also possible to use the speech RAB together with the interactive RAB
that is usually called a MultiRAB.

You would have also mentioned about the types of beares used & they are:
1. Signalling Radio Bearers (SRB): These are used for the exchanges of the
control plane (signalling/control messages) which goes through control plane.
2. Radio Bearers (RB): These are used for the data transfer in user plane. All
the data are transferred on RBs in CS & PS domains.
RAB vs. RB vs. SRB
June 19, 2009 at 3:59 am Filed under umts Tagged Iu bearer, rab, rb, srb, wcdma
The AS provides the NAS with a service of information transfer between UE and the CN in what is named a
Radio Access Bearer (RAB).
RAB consists of two:
1. Radio bearer (RB) between the UE and RNC
2. Iu Bearer between RNC and CN
RB is only for user data either in CS or PS mode.
RB is for both user data and signaling.
Especially for signaling purpose RB, we call it SRB: In the control plane, the signalling information is
transfered through the Signaling Radio Bearer (SRB).
However, RAB consists of Iu bearer and user data RB (not SRB).