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Blocking on A-Interface

2.2.1 General

The purpose of the blocking procedure is to inform the indicated MSC that a terrestrial
resource on the A-interface is unavailable for selection.

The blocking procedure is not used for an IP based A-interface.

2.2.2 Initiation

The TRC initiates the procedure when a fault on an A-interface terrestrial resource has
occurred or during Reset or Reset Circuit.

2.2.3 Functionality

A BLOCK message, containing the A-CIC that identifies the blocked terrestrial resource, is
sent to an MSC. If a BSC physical node is in use the A-Interface Message Transfer
procedure on the Ater interface is used to transfer messages in both directions between
the MSC and the TRC. If no BLOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE message is received in the TRC
from within a specified time, the BLOCK message is repeated once.

If the message BLOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE is received in the TRC containing an unknown


A-CIC the message UNEQUIPPED CIRCUIT is sent to the indicated MSC, containing the
unknown A-CIC.

If the message BLOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE is received in the TRC containing a A-CIC that
identifies an unblocked terrestrial resource, the Unblock procedure is invoked for this
terrestrial resource, since the indicated MSC has marked this terrestrial resource as
blocked.

2.2.4 Termination

 The procedure is terminated when the message BLOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE is


received in the TRC, containing the A-CIC that identifies the blocked
terrestrial resource.
 The procedure is terminated if the message UNEQUIPPED CIRCUIT is received
in the TRC, containing the A-CIC that identifies the blocked terrestrial
resource.
 The procedure is terminated by the Reset procedure.
 The procedure is terminated when two BLOCK messages have been sent and
no BLOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE message has been received within a specified
time. The terrestrial resource will still be marked as blocked in the TRC.