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Physical channels transmission channels that carry user data and control messages.

Transport channels
The physical layer transport channels offer information transfer to Medium Access
Control (MAC) and higher layers
Logical channels
Provide services for the Medium Access Control (MAC) layer within the LTE protocol
structure
Down Link
Physical Broadcast Channel (PBCH)
Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH)
Physical Hybrid ARQ Indicator Channel (PHICH)
Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH)
Physical Multicast Channel (PMCH)
Physical Control Format Indicator Channel (PCFICH)
Up Link
Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH)
Physical Uplink Shared Channel (PUSCH)
Physical Random Access Channel (PRACH)
Downlink
Broadcast Channel (BCH)
Downlink Shared Channel (DL-SCH)
Paging Channel (PCH)
Multicast Channel (MCH)
Uplink
Uplink Shared Channel (UL-SCH)
Random Access Channel (RACH)
Control channels
Broadcast Control Channel (BCCH)
Paging Control Channel (PCCH)
Common Control Channel (CCCH)
Multicast Control Channel (MCCH)
Dedicated Control Channel (DCCH)
Traffic channels
Dedicated Traffic Channel (DTCH)
Multicast Traffic Channel (MTCH)
Physical Channel
Transport Channel
Logical Channels
carries system information for UEs requiring to access the network.
The main purpose of this physical channel is to carry mainly scheduling information.
As the name implies, this channel is used to report the Hybrid ARQ status.
This channel is used for unicast and paging functions.
This physical channel carries system information for multicast purposes.
This provides information to enable the UEs to decode the PDSCH.
Sends Hybrid ARQ acknowledgement
This physical channel found on the LTE uplink is the Uplink counterpart of PDSCH
This uplink physical channel is used for random access functions
The LTE transport channel maps to Broadcast Control Channel (BCCH)
This transport channel is the main channel for downlink data transfer. It is used by many logical channels
To convey the PCCH
This transport channel is used to transmit MCCH information to set up multicast transmissions.
This transport channel is the main channel for uplink data transfer. It is used by many logical channels.
This is used for random access requirements.
This control channel provides system information to all mobile terminals connected to the eNodeB.
This control channel is used for paging information when searching a unit on a network.
This channel is used for random access information, e.g. for actions including setting up a connection.
This control channel is used for Information needed for multicast reception.
This control channel is used for carrying user-specific control information, e.g. for controlling actions including
power control, handover, etc..
This traffic channel is used for the transmission of user data.
This channel is used for the transmission of multicast data.
Physical Channel
Transport Channel
Logical Channels
S.No Air Interface Channels TypeOfMessage Direction Of Message
1 BCCH-BCH Broadcast E UTRAN to the UE
2 BCCH-DL-SCH Broadcast E UTRAN to the UE
3 PCCH Paging E UTRAN to the UE
4 DL-CCCH Control E UTRAN to the UE
5 DL-DCCH Control E UTRAN to the UE
6 UL-CCCH Control UE to the E‑UTRAN
7 UL-DCCH Control UE to the E‑UTRAN
Message RLC-Mode
MIB TM
SIB TM
Paging TM
rrcConnectionReestablishment
rrcConnectionReestablishmentReject
rrcConnectionReject
rrcConnectionSetup
TM
csfbParametersResponseCDMA2000
dlInformationTransfer
handoverFromEUTRAPreparationRequest
mobilityFromEUTRACommand
rrcConnectionReconfiguration
rrcConnectionRelease
securityModeCommand
ueCapabilityEnquiry
counterCheck
AM
rrcConnectionReestablishmentRequest
rrcConnectionRequest
TM
csfbParametersRequestCDMA2000
measurementReport
rrcConnectionReconfigurationComplete
rrcConnectionReestablishmentComplete
rrcConnectionSetupComplete
securityModeComplete
securityModeFailure
ueCapabilityInformation
ulHandoverPreparationTransfer
ulInformationTransfer
counterCheckResponse
AM
Description
The BCCH-BCH-Message class is the set of RRC messages that may be sent
from the E‑UTRAN to the UE via BCH on the BCCH logical channel.
The BCCH-DL-SCH-Message class is the set of RRC messages that may be
sent from the E‑UTRAN to the UE via DL‑SCH on the BCCH logical channel.
The PCCH-Message class is the set of RRC messages that may be sent from
the E‑UTRAN to the UE on the PCCH logical channel.
The DL-CCCH-Message class is the set of RRC messages that may be sent from the E‑UTRAN to the UE
on the downlink CCCH logical channel
The DL-DCCH-Message class is the set of RRC messages that may be sent from the E‑UTRAN to the UE
on the downlink DCCH logical channel
The UL-CCCH-Message class is the set of RRC messages that may be sent from the UE to the E‑UTRAN
on the uplink CCCH logical channel
The UL-DCCH-Message class is the set of RRC messages that may be sent from the UE to the E‑UTRAN
on the uplink DCCH logical channel.
S.No Messages Channel
1
CounterCheck DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
2 CounterCheckResponse DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
3
CSFBParametersRequestCDMA2000 DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
4
CSFBParametersResponseCDMA2000 DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
5 DLInformationTransfer DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
6
HandoverFromEUTRAPreparationRequest DCCH logical
7 MeasurementReport DCCH logical
8
MobilityFromEUTRACommand
DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
9
RRCConnectionReconfiguration DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
10
RRCConnectionReconfigurationComplete PUSCH Physical,UL-SCH Transport,DCCH logical
11 RRCConnectionReestablishment CCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH Physical
12
RRCConnectionReestablishmentComplete PUSCH Physical,UL-SCH Transport,DCCH logical
13
RRCConnectionReestablishmentReject CCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH Physical
14
RRCConnectionReestablishmentRequest PUSCH Physical,UL-SCH Transport,CCCH logical
15 RRCConnectionReject CCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH Physical
16 RRCConnectionRelease DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
17 RRCConnectionRequest PUSCH Physical,UL-SCH Transport,CCCH logical
18 RRCConnectionSetup CCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH Physical
19
RRCConnectionSetupComplete PUSCH Physical,UL-SCH Transport,DCCH logical
20 SecurityModeCommand DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
21
SecurityModeComplete DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
22
SecurityModeFailure DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
23
UECapabilityEnquiry DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
24
UECapabilityInformation DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
25
ULHandoverPreparationTransfer (CDMA2000) DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
26 ULInformationTransfer DCCH logical,DL-SCH Transport,PDSCH-Physical
TypeOfMessage Direction Of Message RLC-Mode
Control E UTRAN to UE AM
Control UE to E UTRAN AM
Control UE to E UTRAN AM
Control E UTRAN to UE AM
Control E UTRAN to UE AM
Control E UTRAN to UE AM
Control UE to E UTRAN AM
Control E UTRAN to UE AM
Control
E‑UTRAN to UE
AM
Control
UE to E UTRAN
AM
Control E UTRAN to UE TM
Control UE to E‑UTRAN AM
Control E UTRAN to UE TM
Control UE to E UTRAN TM
Control E‑UTRAN to UE TM
Control E UTRAN to UE AM
Control UE to E UTRAN TM
Control E UTRAN to UE TM
Control UE to E UTRAN AM
Control E UTRAN to UE AM
Control UE to E UTRAN AM
Control UE to E UTRAN AM
Broadcast E UTRAN to UE AM
Broadcast UE to E‑UTRAN AM
Broadcast UE to E UTRAN AM
Broadcast UE to E UTRAN AM
Description
The CounterCheck message is used by the E-UTRAN to indicate the current COUNT MSB values associated to each DRB
and to request the UE to compare these to its COUNT MSB values and to report the comparison results to E-UTRAN.
The CounterCheckResponse message is used by the UE to respond to a CounterCheck message
The CSFBParametersRequestCDMA2000 message is used by the UE to obtain the CDMA2000 1xRTT Parameters from the
network
The CSFBParametersResponseCDMA2000 message is used to provide the CDMA2000 1xRTT Parameters to the UE so the
UE can register with the CDMA2000 1xRTT Network to support CSFB to CDMA2000 1xRTT.
The DLInformationTransfer message is used for the downlink transfer of dedicated NAS information.
The HandoverFromEUTRAPreparationRequest message is used to trigger the handover preparation procedure with a
CDMA2000 RAT
The MeasurementReport message is used for the indication of measurement results
The MobilityFromEUTRACommand message is used to command handover or a cell change from E‑UTRA to another RAT
(3GPP or non-3GPP), or enhanced CS fallback to CDMA2000 1xRTT
The RRCConnectionReconfiguration message is the command to modify an RRC connection. It may convey information for
measurement configuration, mobility control, radio resource configuration
The RRCConnectionReconfigurationComplete message is used to confirm the successful completion of an RRC connection
reconfiguration.
The RRCConnectionReestablishment message is used to resolve contention and to re-establish SRB1
The RRCConnectionReestablishmentComplete message is used to confirm the successful completion of an RRC connection
reestablishment.
The RRCConnectionReestablishmentReject message is used to indicate the rejection of an RRC connection reestablishment
request.
The RRCConnectionReestablishmentRequest message is used to request the reestablishment of an RRC connection.
The RRCConnectionReject message is used to reject the RRC connection establishment
The RRCConnectionRelease message is used to command the release of an RRC connection
The RRCConnectionRequest message is used to request the establishment of an RRC connection
The RRCConnectionSetup message is used to establish SRB1.
The RRCConnectionSetupComplete message is used to confirm the successful completion of an RRC connection
establishment.
The SecurityModeCommand message is used to command the activation of AS security
The SecurityModeComplete message is used to confirm the successful completion of a security mode command.
The SecurityModeFailure message is used to indicate an unsuccessful completion of a security mode command
The UECapabilityEnquiry message is used to request the transfer of UE radio access capabilities for E UTRA as
well as for other RATs.
The UECapabilityInformation message is used to transfer of UE radio access capabilities requested by the E
UTRAN.
The ULHandoverPreparationTransfer message is used for the uplink transfer of handover related CDMA2000
information when requested by the higher layers.
The ULInformationTransfer message is used for the uplink transfer of dedicated NAS information
User Plane Protocol Stacks Control Plane Protocol Stacks
E-UTRAN Architecture Access Side Protocol Suite at eNodeB
Contention Based RAP
Random Access Procedure(RAP)
Non Contention Based RAP
E-UTRAN Identities
LTE Authentication and Security
EPS Bearer Service Architecture
3GPP 3rd Generation Partnership Project
ACK Acknowledgement
AM Acknowledged Mode
ARFCN Absolute Radio Frequency Channel Number
ARP Allocation and Retention Priority∗
ARQ Automatic Repeat reQuest
AS Access Stratum∗
AuC Authentication Centre
BCH Broadcast CHannel
BCCH Broadcast Control CHannel
BER Bit Error Rate
CCCH Common Control CHannel
CN Core Network
CQI Channel Quality Indicator
C-RNTI Cell Radio Network Temporary Identifier
CS Circuit-Switched
CSG Closed Subscriber Group
DCCH Dedicated Control CHannel
DL DownLink
DL-SCH DownLink Shared CHannel
DTCH Dedicated Traffic CHannel
DTX Discontinuous Transmission
ECM EPS Connection Management
EMM EPS Mobility Management
eNodeB evolved NodeB
EPC Evolved Packet Core
EPS Evolved Packet System
ETSI European Telecommunications Standards Institute
E-UTRA Evolved-UTRA
E-UTRAN Evolved-UTRAN
FACH Forward Access CHannel
FDD Frequency Division Duplex
GBR Guaranteed Bit Rate
GTP GPRS Tunnelling Protocol
GTP-U GTP-User plane
HARQ Hybrid Automatic Repeat reQuest
HFN Hyper Frame Number
HSS Home Subscriber Server
IMSI International Mobile Subscriber Identity
ISR Idle Signaling Reduction
LAU Location Area Update
LTE Long-Term Evolution
MAC Medium Access Control
MAC-I Message Authentication Code for Integrity
MBR Maximum Bit Rate
Achronymous
MCCH Multicast Control CHannel
MCH Multicast CHannel
MIB Master Information Block
MIMO Multiple-Input Multiple-Output
MISO Multiple-Input Single-Output
MME Mobility Management Entity
MO Mobile Originated
MTCH Multicast Traffic CHannel
NACK Negative ACKnowledgement
NAS Non Access Stratum
NodeB The base station in WCDMA systems
OFDM Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
OFDMA Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access
PBCH Physical Broadcast CHannel
PCC Policy Control and Charging
PCCH Paging Control CHannel
P-CCPCH Primary Common Control Physical Channel
PCFICH Physical Control Format Indicator Channel
PCH Paging CHannel
PCI Physical Cell Identity
P-CPICH Primary Common PIlot CHannel
PCRF Policy Control and charging Rules Function
PDCCH Physical Downlink Control CHannel
PDCP Packet Data Convergence Protocol
PDN Packet Data Network
PDSCH Physical Downlink Shared CHannel
PDU Protocol Data Unit
P-GW PDN GateWay
PHICH Physical Hybrid ARQ Indicator Channel
PLMN Public Land Mobile Network
P-MCCH Primary MCCH
PMCH Physical Multicast CHannel
PRACH Physical Random Access CHannel
P-RNTI Paging RNTI
PS Packet-Switched
P-SCH Primary Synchronization CHannel
PUCCH Physical Uplink Control CHannel
PUSCH Physical Uplink Shared CHannel
QCI QoS Class Identifier
QoS Quality-of-Service
RACH Random Access CHannel
RAN Radio Access Network
RAR Random Access Response
RA-RNTI Random Access Radio Network Temporary Identifier
RAT Radio Access Technology
RAU Routing Area Update
RB Resource Block
RF Radio Frequency
RLC Radio Link Control
RNC Radio Network Controller
RNTI Radio Network Temporary Identifier
ROHC RObust Header Compression
R-PLMN Registered PLMN
RRC Radio Resource Control∗
RRM Radio Resource Management
RSSI Received Signal Strength Indicator
RTP Real-time Transport Protocol
S1AP S1 Application Protocol
SAE System Architecture Evolution
SC-FDMA Single-Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access
SCH Synchronization CHannel
SCTP Stream Control Transmission Protocol
SDU Service Data Unit
SFN System Frame Number
SGSN Serving GPRS Support Node
S-GW Serving GateWay
SI System Information
SIB System Information Block
SIMO Single-Input Multiple-Output
SIP Session Initiation Protocol
SI-RNTI System Information Radio Network Temporary Identifier
SISO Single-Input Single-Output∗
S-MCCH Secondary MCCH
SMS Short Message Service
SN Sequence Number
SNR Signal-to-Noise Ratio
SON Self-Optimizing Networks
SRB Signalling Radio Bearer
S-SCH Secondary Syncronization CHannel
S-TMSI SAE-Temporary Mobile Subscriber
TA Tracking Area
TAU Tracking Area Update
TB Transport Block
TCP Transmission Control Protocol
TDD Time Division Duplex
TDMA Time Division Multiple Access
TEID Tunnelling End ID
TFT Traffic Flow Template
TIN Temporary Identification Number
TM Transparent Mode
TTI Transmission Time Interval
UDP User Datagram Protocol
UE User Equipment
UL UpLink
UL-SCH UpLink Shared CHannel
UM Unacknowledged Mode
UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunications System
USIM Universal Subscriber Identity Module
UTRA Universal Terrestrial Radio Access
UTRAN Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network
Timer Start
T300 Transmission of RRCConnectionRequest
T301 Transmission of
RRCConnectionReestabilshmentRequest
T303 Access barred while performing RRC connection
establishment for mobile originating calls
T304 Reception of RRCConnectionReconfiguration
message including the MobilityControl Info
orreception of MobilityFromEUTRACommand
message including CellChangeOrder
T305 Access barred while performing RRC connection
establishment for mobile originating signalling
T310 Upon detecting physical layer problems i.e. upon
receiving N310 consecutive out-of-sync indications
from lower layers
T311 Upon initiating the RRC connection re-establishment
procedure
T320 Upon receiving t320 or upon cell (re)selection to E-
UTRA from another RAT with validity time
configured for dedicated priorities (in which case the
remaining validity time is applied).
T321 Upon receiving measConfig including a reportConfig
with the purpose set to reportCGI
Stop
Reception of RRCConnectionSetup or RRCConnectionReject
message, cell re-selection and upon abortion of connection
establishment by upper layers
Reception of RRCConnectionReestablishment or
RRCConnectionReestablishmentReject message as well as
when the selected cell becomes unsuitable
Upon entering RRC_CONNECTED and upon cell re-selection
Criterion for successful completion of handover to EUTRA or
cell change order is met (the criterion is specified in the target
RAT in case of inter-RAT)
Upon entering RRC_CONNECTED and upon cell re-selection
Upon receiving N311 consecutive in-sync indications from
lower layers, upon triggering the handover procedure and
upon initiating the connection re-establishment procedure
Selection of a suitable E-UTRA cell or a cell using another
RAT.
Upon entering RRC_CONNECTED, when PLMN selection is
performed on request by NAS, or upon cell (re)selection to
another RAT (in which case the timer is carried on to the other
RAT).
Upon acquiring the information needed to set all fields of
globalCellId for the requested cell, upon receiving measConfig
that includes removal of the reportConfig with the purpose set
to reportCGI
At expiry
Perform the actions
Go to RRC_IDLE
Inform upper layers about barring alleviation as specified
In case of cell change order from E-UTRA or intra E-
UTRA handover, initiate the RRC connection re-
establishment procedure; In case of handover to E-
UTRA, perform the actions defined in the specifications
applicable for the source RAT.
Inform upper layers about barring alleviation as specified
If security is not activated: go to RRC_IDLE else: initiate
the connection re-establishment procedure
Enter RRC_IDLE
Discard the cell reselection priority information provided
by dedicated signalling.
Initiate the measurement reporting procedure, stop
performing the related measurements and remove the
corresponding measId