You are on page 1of 16

Information

Basic Services
ASCI Voice Broadcast Service
A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Information
Basic Services

Trademarks:
All designations used in this document can be trademarks, the use of which by third parties for their
own purposes could violate the rights of their owners.

Copyright (C) Siemens AG 2003.


Issued by Information and Communication Mobile
Hofmannstrae 51
D-81359 Mnchen
Technical modifications possible.
Technical specifications and features are binding only insofar as
they are specifically and expressly agreed upon in a written contract.

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

Information
Basic Services

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Reason for Update


Summary:
This is a new version of the document ASCI Voice Broadcast Service containing the
following new features: one channel model and call termination by authorized
dispatcher.

Issue History
Issue
Number

Date of Issue

Reason for Update

01

11/2002

New software release

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Information
Basic Services

This document consists of a total of 16 pages. All pages are issue 1.

Contents

Definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

2
2.1
2.2
2.2.1
2.2.2
2.2.3
2.2.4
2.2.5
2.2.6

Mode of Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
The Group Call Register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Call processing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Call Establishment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Call Initiation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Call Completion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Ongoing Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Release of a Voice Broadcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Call Charge Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Compatibility with other Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

Information
Basic Services

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

1 Definition
The advanced speech call items (ASCI features) are typical private mobile radio (PMR)
and public access mobile radio (PAMR) services. Introducing these features into the
public land mobile network (PLMN) allows GSM mobile subscribers to set up point-tomultipoint connections and provides the possibility to assign already seized resources
to other subscribers, depending on a priority level.
The ASCI features are:
enhanced multilevel precedence and preemption service (eMLPP),
voice group call service (VGCS),
voice broadcast service (VBS).
The enhanced multilevel precedence and preemption service allows to classify the
mobile subscribers according to a subscriber specific priority. The feature has two parts,
precedence and preemption.
Precedence means assigning a priority level to a point-to-point call, a group call or a
broadcast call in combination with a fast call setup. Preemption means the seizing of resources, such as radio channels, by high priority calls that are in use by low priority calls,
when the network offers no other idle resources.
The enhanced multilevel precedence and preemption service is implemented in the
PLMN as a GSM supplementary service according to GSM Recommendations 02.67,
03.67 and 04.67.
The voice group call service allows subscribers to set up a point-to-multipoint connection. It allows the participants in such a group call to be stored as members of a group
with a certain group call reference. All participants are connected automatically and in
parallel. The initiator of such a call is the speaker while everybody else is a listener. In
relation to the voice broadcast service this feature allows a change of speaker, i.e. any
member may request to be the next speaker.
The voice group call service uses the common downlink broadcast function, which allows an unlimited number of subscribers to listen to one traffic channel per cell, in this
way saving valuable resources on the air interface and signaling links between network
elements.
The voice group call service is implemented in the PLMN as a GSM teleservice (TS91)
according to GSM Recommendations 02.68, 03.68 and 04.68.
The voice broadcast service allows setting up a point-to-multipoint connection for the
distribution of speech. A service subscriber or a dispatcher initiates the call into a predefined geographical area also called the broadcast area or the service area. Upon call
setup a predefined group of service subscribers located in the service area is able to
listen to the voice broadcast. Additionally up to five other fixed or mobile dispatchers,
excluding the originating dispatcher, can be connected to the voice broadcast. In relation to the voice group call service, the initiator's role cannot change during an ongoing
call.
The voice broadcast service is implemented in the PLMN as a GSM teleservice (TS92)
according to GSM Recommendations 02.69, 03.69 and 04.69.
This document only describes the feature ASCI Voice Broadcast Service. For a description of the other ASCI features, refer to the following documents "ASCI Voice Group
Call Service" and "ASCI: Enhanced Multilevel Precedence and Preemption".

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Information
Basic Services

2 Mode of Operation
The voice broadcast service allows speech conversation of a predefined group of service subscribers within a predefined area, also known as the broadcast area or the service area (the shaded area in Fig. 2.1). The voice broadcast initiator may be any service
subscriber or dispatcher. Mobile dispatchers may reside outside the service area.
A voice broadcast call is defined as follows:
All service subscribers are members of a dedicated group, uniquely identified by the
group-ID. The service area, composed of a number of cells, is assigned to each dedicated group and defines the area within which roaming of the service subscribers
is allowed. This area is uniquely identifies by the group call area-ID. The group-ID
and the group call area-ID are merged into the joined item group call reference.
Dialing the group-ID (for the service subscribers) or the group call reference (for the
dispatchers) initializes the parallel setup of the connections to all the cells of the assigned service area. All the group members being in the service area receive a notification of the ongoing voice broadcast. The dispatchers are also alerted.
If the called group is subscribed on the SIM card, the mobile station joins the group
call. If it is engaged in a higher priority call, then the notification for the group call is
automatically ignored. Else the mobile station joins the group call.
PLMN

BSC
Relay MSC

ISDN
BSC

Anchor MSC
BSC

Fig. 2.1

The basic architecture of the voice broadcast service

The shaded cells define the voice broadcast service area. All cells within a BSC area
may not be included in the voice broadcast service area but may belong to different
BSCs. These BSCs may be connected to up to nine MSCs. The initializing MSC hereby
acts as the anchor MSC, whereas all the other MSCs act as relay MSCs and operate
under the anchor MSCs control. The MSC must be provided with a conference function
to be able to support the realization of point-to-multipoint calls. The MSC connects the
dispatchers with a duplex connection and initializes the setup of half-duplex connections
to the cells belonging to the broadcast area. The anchor MSC controls the call establishment. The call originator, the called dispatchers and the A-interface downlink cell
trunks to the involved BSCs are connected to the conference bridges. To cover the requested service area, the BSCs allocate the necessary resources to support the voice
broadcast service. There are as many links between the BSCs and the MSCs as there
are BTSs connected to these BSCs. At the radio interface, one signaling and one traffic
channel are established. These channels are realized as a "common downlink", which

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

Information
Basic Services

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

means that all the destination subscribers within one cell are listening to the same signaling and traffic channel.

2.1

The Group Call Register


The voice broadcast data is stored in a GSM database, called the group call register
(GCR), which manages the attributes related to the establishment of voice broadcasts.
The group call register is realized as part of the MSC. In the anchor MSCs group call
register, the group call area is described by the cells belonging to this MSC and the addresses of the other MSCs involved. Each of the relay MSCs contains a list of the own
cells belonging to the group call area and is responsible for the group call establishment
in all these cells.
The following tables define the GCR database:
the group call area identification table (GC-Area-ID table),
the cell/group identification table (Cell/Group-ID table),
the call reference table (Call-Reference table),
the group call register also includes the anchor MSCs and the relay MSCs address
data (global title addresses).
For each of the teleservices TS91 (VGCS) and TS92 (VBS) separate tables are provided. Each table stores semipermanent data for which the update rollback mechanism is
applied. The content can be regenerated by means of REGEN. Furthermore these tables are expandable with ODAGEN.
The GC-Area_ID table comprises all group call areas.
The Cell/Group-ID table contains the assignment of a given cell and a specified GroupID to a GC-Area-ID. Information is only available for those cells, which belong to the own
MSC area.
The Call-Reference table defines its attributes per group call reference. These are for
example:
identification of the group call anchor MSC,
a list of cells within the own MSC area,
a list of dispatcher identities,
the default priority level related to the voice broadcast if eMLPP applies,
the period of time during which no activity is detected before the voice broadcast is
automatically terminated (voice inactivity timer).
Group Identification (Group-ID)
The group identification is a number specifying a numerical classification. Such a group
can contain one or more service subscribers.
The maximum number of Group-IDs, which can be defined in one PLMN, depends on
the maximum number of group call areas defined in the PLMN. The maximum number
of combined Group-IDs and group call areas is 108.
A Group-ID has 1 to 7 digits, depending on the length of the group call area identification. The maximum length of both the Group-ID and the group call area identification is
restricted to 8 digits.

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Information
Basic Services

Group Call Area Identification (GC-Area-ID)


The group call area identification is a number uniquely assigned to a group call area in
one network, where a group call area is defined as a list of cells restricted to a single
MSC area. Its cell identifier consisting of the mobile country code, the mobile network
code, the location area code and the cell identity defines each cell in turn.
A GC-Area-ID has 1 to 7 digits, depending on the length of the Group-ID. The maximum
length of both the GC-Area-ID and the Group-ID is limited to 8 digits.
Group call areas, which are assigned to a single Group-ID, are not allowed to have one
or more cells in common. I.e. when a cell is included in one group call area it cannot be
included in another group call area anymore. The group call areas should normally be
disjunctive. To avoid this problem, cells in the group call area can be marked as no
service origination allowed. For more information see topic Variable group call area for
emergency calls in section 2.2.2.
Group call reference (GC-Reference)
GC-Area-ID
Fig. 2.2

Group-ID

Group call reference format

Each voice broadcast is uniquely identified in a network by its group call reference (GCReference). That is, each voice broadcast is uniquely identified by means of the group
call area identification and the group identification.
Group Call Number
For the setup of the call legs between the anchor MSC and the relay MSCs, the temporary allocation of a group call number (GC-NR) for routing purposes is required. The
functionality and handling of the GC-NR is similar to the mobile station roaming number
for MTC routing and handover number for inter MSC handover routing. This implies that
a range of numbers must be reserved for group call numbers in the numbering plan. The
structure of these numbers is the same as for group call references.

2.2

Call processing
When a group-ID (service subscriber) or a group call reference (dispatcher) is dialed,
the MSC recognizes that this number belongs to a group. The MSC retrieves all the necessary information from the group call register (GCR).
The calling subscriber may be any service subscriber who has subscribed to the related
Group-ID or any dispatcher (mobile or fixed) who is entitled to it by his identity, which is
registered in the network. This identity is either an MSISDN number or a directory number in international format (with international prefix).
The destination of the call includes all the service subscribers located in the service area
and belonging to the group identified by the called group-ID and the dispatchers. Service
subscribers are notified using the Group-ID, unlike the dispatchers who are called individually using their identity.
Service subscribers may become late destination subscribers. When entering the service area they will receive a notification message related to the voice broadcast service.

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

Information
Basic Services

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Service subscribers who leave the corresponding service area during an ongoing voice
broadcast of which they are a party cease to be destination subscribers.
It is possible for a service subscriber to activate or deactivate the group call reception
for different Group-IDs. The selection list is stored on the SIM card.

2.2.1

Call Establishment
The voice broadcast is established in a service area that covers a single cell or a cluster
of cells. The service areas are predefined at registration.
In the case of a service subscriber initiating a voice broadcast with the Group-ID, the service area is uniquely identified by the actual cell in which the service subscriber resides.
A dispatcher initiating a voice group call is connected to a related predefined service area. Since a dispatcher can be registered to more than one service area and Group-ID,
an indication of both is given in the form of a dedicated address being called by the dispatcher.
A number of group calls intended for different groups of destination subscribers in the
same group call area may exist simultaneously. Parallel voice group calls are possible
to the same group of destination subscribers in different group call areas. Group call areas, which are assigned to a single Group-ID, are not allowed to have one or more cells
in common, i.e. the group call areas have to be disjunctive. To avoid this problem, cells
in the group call area can be marked as no service origination allowed. For more information see topic Variable group call area for emergency calls in section 2.2.2.

2.2.2

Call Initiation
A service subscriber initiates a voice broadcast
A service subscriber initiates a voice broadcast by selecting an active group on its SIM
card and invoking the call setup. The mobile station sends a service request message
with service type VBS to the anchor MSC. A subscribers call is always routed to the anchor MSC. Only the anchor MSC can start the broadcasting to all the cells in the service
area. The anchor MSC checks the subscription for the VBS teleservice and in the case
of a positive outcome allows the mobile station to start further call setup handling without
the previous ciphering and authentication.
The mobile station sends a specific VBS setup message, which includes the called
Group-ID. The MSC/VLR checks the group related subscription and invokes interworking with the group call register based on the received service type. No digit translation
is performed. For fast call setup, the mobile station may send an immediate setup message in stead of a service request and setup message.
The group call register derives the group area from the identification of the cell from
which the call has been set up. With the group area and the called Group-ID the group
call register retrieves the group attributes and the related busy state.
In the case of a busy group, the call attempt is terminate, thereby forcing the calling service subscriber to join the ongoing voice broadcast as a listener. In the case of an idle
group, the conference unit is seized and call handling for downlinks and called dispatchers is invoked as for dispatcher originated calls.

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Information
Basic Services

A dispatcher initiates a voice broadcast


When a dispatcher initiates a voice broadcast, the call is also routed to the anchor MSC.
In the anchor MSC, the digit analysis procedures detect that an interworking with the
group control register for data retrieval is required. Furthermore, the digit processing result separates voice group calls from voice broadcast calls, because this distinction
must be indicated to the group call register during the data retrieval. This way, the call
initiation imposes a demand on the structure of the group reference numbers.
These must be different from mobile subscriber ISDN numbers (MSISDNs), mobile station roaming numbers (MSRNs) and handover numbers (HONs). In addition, the ASCIrelated range of numbers must be divided between the voice group call service and the
voice broadcast service. This separation can be administrated by creating and modifying the corresponding code points in the digit tree accordingly.
As described above, the digit processing introduces a principal result to indicate voice
group call attempts or voice broadcast call attempts. This outcome and its handling are
similar to the existing mobile specific code points used for interrogation or paging. When
this result is encountered, the digit processing invokes an internal event to start call handling for interworking with the group call register, which allows digit processing to invoke
a mobile feature handling from a standard incoming call scenario.
The call sequence receiving the trigger retrieves the A-number (calling party address of
the dispatcher) and invokes the procedures from the group call register, which delivers
the called group data and checks whether the calling party is a valid dispatcher belonging to the called group. If this is not the case, the call is terminated.
The group call register also derives the eMLPP data associated with the called groupID, which will be used in the voice broadcast setup.
Because the voice broadcast originated from a mobile dispatcher, the eMLPP treatment
for point-to-point calls was applied before the group call register interworking was started. In this case the data derived from the group call register overwrites the VLR determined eMLPP priority.
As for service subscriber originated calls, the busy status" evaluation is also performed.
For idle groups, the incoming trunk is connected to the conference-LTG as the B-side of
the call. Further setup of downlinks and links towards the dispatchers is the same as for
service subscriber originated calls as described in the next topics.
In the case of a busy group, the dispatcher is reconnected to the still ongoing voice
group call. This reconnection is required because dispatchers can cause their local release by going on hook without a termination of the total voice broadcast configuration.
Therefore the GSM standard offers dispatchers a service to reconnect to a still ongoing
call.
Variable group call area for emergency calls
For some applications, for example an emergency call for railway companies, a more
flexible way of handling group call areas is required. In this case, the group call area has
to move with the service subscriber who originates the group call, so that the emergency call is distributed only to neighboring cells. To this end, the service call origination
flag for internal cells is used when creating the group call area.
Imagine four radio cells A to D, located consecutively on a railway track (Fig. 2.3). Four
group call areas 1 to 4 are entered in the following way:
Area 1: cells A and B, service call origination only from cell A,
Area 2: cells A, B and C, service call origination only from cell B,

10

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

Information
Basic Services

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Area 3: cells B, C and D, service call origination only from cell C,


Area 4: cells C and D, service call origination only from cell D.

Fig. 2.3

Variable group call area for emergency calls

These group call areas are assigned to four different voice group services with the same
group ID. Now a subscriber with subscription to this group ID moves along the railway
track. She starts a voice group from her current location (cell B), which belongs to the
group call areas 1, 2 and 3. But since service call origination from cell B is only allowed
for the voice group service associated with area 2, the correct voice group service is detected and the call is distributed to cells A, B and C.

2.2.3

Call Completion
Downlink establishment towards the listener cells belonging to the anchor MSC
The configuration setup for the listener cells requires the establishment of the downlink
traffic channels, the associated cell controlling SCCP connections and the group controlling SCCP connections to the BSCs. The switching networks broadcast capabilities
are used to distribute the group's speech signals from the actual speaker or dispatcher
to the downlink cells. The speech signals are broadcast from one conference port to all
the trunks that provide a downlink connection.
The downlink establishment is handled as follows. Having received the group data from
the group call register, the coordination processor selects and seizes an ASCI conference LTG. The selection of the ASCI conference LTG is based on resource criteria such
as the number of required and available conference ports. In addition, the coordination
processor selects an LTG for the setup of the group controlling BSC-related SCCP connections (ASCI BSC control LTG).
This selection mechanism is based on LTG load but only BSSAP-LTGs are selected because they are capable of acting as an ASCI BSC control LTG. An overload procedure
has been implemented for this purpose. It is able to distinguish voice group calls from
voice broadcast calls because of the difference in signaling load for talker change, which
is only possible for a voice group call.
For all the seized trunks, corresponding speech channels are selected. The affected
BSSAP-LTGs are informed by a seizure command, which triggers the downlink traffic
channel and the associated SCCP connection establishment on the A-interface in the
BSSAP-LTG.

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

11

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Information
Basic Services

Downlink establishment towards the listener cells belonging to the relay MSCs
The connection of the cells belonging to the relay MSCs is realized with the principles
of a mobile terminating call for mobile subscribers in a visitor MSC. A temporary ISDN
number over a MAP connection to the relay MSCs is required, providing the capability
to connect a relay MSC over a trunk. If the call is received in the relay MSC, the ISDN
number used is released and local broadcasting is started.
Connection setup towards the dispatchers
The connection setup towards the dispatchers uses existing incoming call handling and
routing functions for call establishment.

2.2.4

Ongoing Call
The voice broadcast service allows for only one talking service subscriber at any moment. Additionally up to 5 dispatchers can be talking simultaneously at one time.
Handover
A mobile dispatcher performs an handover in exactly the same way as an ordinary call
handover. When a handover of a speaker (service subscriber) is necessary, the handover is restricted to the successfully set up downlink cell area.

2.2.5

Release of a Voice Broadcast


Service subscribers who leave the broadcast area during an ongoing voice broadcast
cease to be destination subscribers. Service subscribers who enter the broadcast area
during an ongoing voice broadcast become destination subscribers.
The calling subscriber remains within the voice broadcast until he terminates the call,
loses contact with the network or leaves the broadcast area. The latter case does not
apply to calling dispatchers.
Release by dispatcher
The feature ASCI call termination by authorized dispatcher allows an authorized ASCI
dispatcher to terminate the ongoing VBS call by dialing predefined DTMF codes. It is introduced because a dispatcher should have full control over the VBS call: listening to
service user requests, making decisions and giving orders, declaring end of call and terminating misused calls.

2.2.6

Acknowledgments
The network informs the calling subscriber with a suitable indication of the successful
establishment of the voice broadcast so that he can start to speak. A successful establishment means that all broadcast downlink channels are allocated, whether anybody is
listening or not, and that the related dispatchers are notified.
A voice broadcast receipt acknowledgement can be required as a network option from
all or from nominated destination subscribers (nominated means recorded on the SIM
card). The acknowledgment itself is performed after the voice broadcast has been released, i.e. the acknowledgment is not part of the voice broadcast. The acknowledgment
indicates the starting and end time of the reception.

12

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

Information
Basic Services

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

3 Call Charge Registration


The charging records are not needed to bill any individual subscriber participating in the
voice broadcast. Only the group as a whole and the resources seized and used by the
voice broadcast are to be registered.
Therefore the generation of ordinary call tickets and the collection of corresponding data
during the beginning of a service subscriber or a dispatcher originated voice broadcast
is suppressed. The ticket generation of the call setup to the dispatchers and of any forwarding tickets is suppressed as well.
Ticket suppression is only possible in the group controlling MSC because within the
trunk protocols voice broadcast indications are not defined. In any other MSC (e.g. a visitor-MSC of a mobile dispatcher) the dispatcher call legs appear as ordinary incoming
mobile terminating calls and regular MTC features including charging are automatically
invoked.

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

13

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Information
Basic Services

4 Administration
Administration of the core network nodes is performed either at the remote switch commander (SC) with integrated or connected client terminals (CT) or at the craft terminal
local (CTL). The switch commander supports Q3, MML and SNMP. It offers a graphical
user interface and allows a comfortable way of entering tasks and commands.
An overview of the tasks relevant in the context of this document is given in the following.
Detailed operation instructions can be found in the operation manuals (OMN) and in the
task manual (TML).
Conference bridge
The handling of all conference bridge and conference port related administration is done
with the following MML commands:
CR LTU, DISP LTU, CAN LTU (create, display, cancel a line trunk unit of type Y22
(the conference bridge))
CR CONFRNC, DISP CONFRNC, CAN CONFRNC (create, display, cancel the conference ports)
CONF COU, DIAG COU, STAT COU (configure, diagnose, display the status of the
conference unit)
CONF PORT, DIAG PORT and STAT PORT (configure, diagnose, display the status
of the conference ports)
Voice broadcast
The administration of group call areas, voice group references and group IDs is administered with the following MML commands:
CR VGSAREA, DISP VGSAREA, MOD VGSAREA, CAN VGSAREA (create, display, modify, cancel voice group service areas)
CR VGSREF, DISP VGSREF, MOD VGSREF, CAN VGSREF (create, display, modify, cancel voice group service call references)
ENTR VGSGRP, CAN VGSGRP (enter, cancel voice group service groups)
Administration of code points for voice group services
Code points are used in the anchor MSC and the relay MSCs for routing, call setup and
triggering of group call handling.
The code points are administered with the following MML commands:
CR CPT, CAN CPT, DISP CPT, MOD CPT, SPLIT CPT, MERGE CPT (create, cancel, display, split, merge code points)
Mobile subscriber administration
The assignment of the teleservice TS92 (voice broadcast service) to a mobile subscriber
is administered with following MML commands:
CR MSUB, DISP MSUB, MOD MSUB, CAN MSUB (create, display, modify, cancel
mobile subscribers)

14

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

Information
Basic Services

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

5 Compatibility with other Features


Interworking with calling line identification presentation (CLIP)
When a subscriber has a subscription to CLIP, the calling A-subscriber's MSISDN is presented to the called B-subscriber. In the case of a voice broadcast, the broadcast call
reference is presented instead. The broadcast call reference contains the broadcast call
area-ID and the group-ID.
From the dispatchers point of view, when CLIP is applied, the group call reference is
presented to the dispatcher. The receiving mobile stations of the destination service
subscribers display the paged group-ID regardless the subscription to CLIP.
Interworking with calling line identification restriction (CLIR)
The service subscribers cannot request CLIR for an ongoing voice broadcast setup. The
network has the possibility to override CLIR or to reject the request to establish a voice
broadcast for a calling subscriber who has activated CLIR.
As a network option, the CLIR override category itself can be overridden for a special
subscriber by means of a rejection flag.
Interworking with connected line identification presentation (COLP)
When COLP applies, the voice broadcast reference, containing the group area-ID and
the group-ID, is presented to the initiator.
Interworking with connected line identification restriction (COLR)
A COLR request can only be activated by a dispatcher receiving a voice broadcast. The
listening service subscribers do not have this possibility. Since for COLP the essential
information is the group call reference and not the connected line identity of a dispatcher, COLR is ignored and the ASCI conference LTG never activates a COLR request to
the call originator.
Interworking with call forwarding (CF)
In GSM, interworking between a voice broadcast and a mobile subscriber is not defined.
However, call forwarding does apply for dispatchers.
Interworking with call hold (CH)
If a service subscriber is the originator of a voice broadcast, the A-interface protocol
does not foresee the possibility to put a call on hold. It is not allowed for a mobile subscriber, engaged in a point-to-point call (on hold), to establish a voice broadcast in parallel. The BSSAP prohibits this. In the case of dispatchers, call hold is allowed in the
normal way.
Interworking with call transfer (CT)
Since call hold is a precondition for call transfer, the service subscriber is not able to activate this feature. In the case of dispatchers, call transfer is available in the normal manner.
Interworking with call waiting (CW)
If a service subscriber is the originator of a voice broadcast, the A-interface protocol
does not allow call waiting. The coordination processor rejects any request for an MTC.
In the case of dispatchers, call waiting is allowed in the normal way.

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629

15

ASCI Voice Broadcast Service

Information
Basic Services

Interworking with multi party (MPTY)


According to GSM, interaction between a mobile dispatcher and a voice broadcast is
possible but restricted. The BSSAP will reject any dispatcher's MPTY request.
Interworking with closed user group (CUG)
There is no interaction defined between CUG and a service subscriber or a dispatcher.
Being a member of a CUG does not have any impact on the ability to receive and establish voice broadcasts.
Interworking with call completion to busy subscribers (CCBS)
For all service subscribers (listeners or speaker) interworking with CCBS is not possible
due to the GSM defined signaling handling.
For called dispatchers engaged in a group call only the busy handling part of CCBS in
the case of an additional arriving point-to-point call is possible. The invocation of CCBS
during a voice broadcast setup for a called dispatcher engaged in another call is not possible. For dispatchers calling a busy group the GSM defined CCBS functionality cannot
be used.
Interworking with short message service (SMS)
A service subscriber as originator of a voice broadcast does not have the possibility to
send or receive SMS messages on the A-interface. The coordination processor rejects
any request for a terminating SMS. The BSSAP ignores SMS messages from the mobile
station. In the case of a mobile dispatcher, SMS operates in the normal way.
Interworking with subscriber controlled input (SCI)
A service subscriber as originator of a voice broadcast is not capable of initiating an SCI
in parallel to an ongoing voice broadcast because of the A-interface. In the case of a
mobile dispatcher, SCI operates in the normal way.
Interworking with barring services
In the case of barring services, only the interworking with barring of all outgoing calls
(BAOC) is applicable, with the possible exception of high priority voice broadcasts.
Interworking with carrier routing
The interworking between carrier routing and the voice broadcast service is not standardized yet and therefore not supported.

16

A50016-D1111-C211-1-7629