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RAS06, Feature Descriptions

1.26 RAN831: Wideband AMR Codec Set (12.65, 8.85, 6.6)

1.26.1 Introduction
Wideband AMR speech codec enhances audio bandwidth from 300Hz - 3.4 KHz to
50Hz - 7kHz, which improves the transparency of calls. Enhanced lower frequency
response makes voice warmer whilst enhanced higher frequency response improves
the intimacy of voice.

Benefits for the operator


Wideband AMR provides step-like improvement on voice quality over current telephony
solutions without RAN capacity trade-offs since the bit rates are similar to AMR. The
TrFO/TFO needed due to wideband AMR (WB-AMR) reduces the need of CN invest-
ments.

1.26.2 Functional description


This feature supports a set of WB-AMR codec modes 12.65, 8.85 and 6.6 kbps. WB-
AMR provides better speech quality than narrowband AMR (NB-AMR) and fixed lines
(G.711 PCM) between WB AMR capable UEs. To avoid downsampling from 16kHz to
8kHz, yielding to quality degradation, either TFO or TrFO is needed.
The RNC handles the WB-AMR modes as well as multi-RABs similarly to NB-AMR. The
codec modes 12.65, 8.85 and 6.6 kbps form a set of bit rates (TFS) that is assigned to
every WB-AMR call. The limited TFCS in multi-RAB cases, the functionality of
TFO/TrFO and managing the Iu Support Mode are similar to the feature AMR Codec
Sets (12.2, 7.95, 5.90, 4.75) and (5.90, 4.75).

1.26.3 System impact

1.26.3.1 Hardware requirements


This feature does not require any new or additional HW.

1.26.3.2 Software requirements

RAS RNC BTS BTS AXC NetAc MSC SGSN MGW UE


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Relea RAS0 RN3.0 WBTS WBTS - OSS4. M13.6 - U3C 3GPP
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1.26.3.3 Software sales information

OSW/ASW RAS SW Licence Licence


component control in control attri-
network butes
element
ASW RAN RNC parame- Long-term
ter file ON/OFF
licence

1.26.3.4 Management plane


NMS interfaces
Reporting Tools:
Existing RAN_KPI_0002 for AMR Service Setup Success includes automatically W-
AMR service setups
Existing RAN_KPI_0006 for AMR Service Success includes automatically W-AMR
service releases
New KPIs for W-AMR usage

Network element user interfaces


RNC Element Manager:
The counters are added to the Traffic Measurement.

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Management data

Parameters Counters Alarms


Configured CS DCH ALLO FOR WAMR 12.65 KBPS IN SRNC No alarms related
WAMR mode sets DCH ALLO FOR WAMR 6.6 KBPS IN SRNC to this feature

DCH ALLO DURA FOR WAMR 12.65 KBPS IN


SRNC
DCH ALLO DURA FOR WAMR 6.6 KBPS IN SRNC
DCH ALLO FOR WAMR 12.65 KBPS IN DRNC
DCH ALLO FOR WAMR 8.85 KBPS IN DRNC
DCH ALLO FOR WAMR 6.6 KBPS IN DRNC
DCH ALLO DURA FOR WAMR 12.65 KBPS IN
DRNC
DCH ALLO DURA FOR WAMR 8.85 KBPS IN
DRNC
DCH ALLO DURA FOR WAMR 6.6 KBPS IN DRNC
DCH MOD DUE TO SWITCHING FROM WAMR
TO NAMR IN SRNC
DCH MOD DUE TO SWITCHING FROM NAMR TO
WAMR IN SRNC
DCH MOD DUE TO SWITCHING FROM WAMR
TO NAMR IN DRNC
DCH MOD DUE TO SWITCHING FROM NAMR TO
WAMR IN DRNC

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