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RAN 2136: Fast Dormancy


Feature Introduction

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Introduction to RAN2136

• This feature belongs to basic software.


• Fast dormancy is an optional feature in 3GPP Rel.8. The
purpose of the feature is to reduce the signaling load between
3G network and the UE and to save the UE’s battery life.
– The UE informs the network when PS data transmission ends. The
network changes the UE state directly to Cell_PCH or URA_PCH
state, which lowers the UE battery consumption remarkably instead of
staying in Cell_DCH or Cell_FACH state.
– If the UE needs to send or receive data from Cell/URA_PCH state, the
required signaling is only a fraction of the signaling needed in starting
from IDLE mode.

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RAN 2136 Benefits for the operator

• How the feature benefits the customer


– Fast dormancy gives a possibility to guide the UE to Cell_PCH (or
URA_PCH) state when the data session ends. Cell_PCH state is a low
battery consumption state, which saves significantly on the signaling
load compared to going to IDLE mode.
– UEs that move to idle mode, for example, after keep-alive message
regardless of network instructions, create an excessive amount of
signaling.

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RAN 2136 Functional description

• The UE sends SIGNALLING CONNECTION RELEASE


INDICATION message with "Signalling Connection Release
Indication Cause“ with the cause value UE Request PS Data
session end to the RNC. The RNC receives the message
and starts immediately the UE state change from Cell_DCH
to Cell_PCH or URA_PCH state.

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RAN 2136 Implementation in RAN

• Implementation of the feature in RAN


– This feature affects only the RNC functionality. It does not have any
effect on the BTS.

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RAN 2136 Signaling flows

• There is a new UE Signalling UE RNC

Connection Release Indication Fast Dormancy active in RNC

Cause value in SIGNALLING RRC:SIGNALLING CONNECTION RELEASE INDICATION (Ue request PS Data session End)

CONNECTION RELEASE
INDICATION message. This RNC changes Ue
state cell_DCH to
cell_PCH
new cause is UE Request PS
Data session end and it RRC:RADIO BEARER RECONFIGURATION

indicates to the network that the


UE has concluded active PS RRC:RADIO BEARER RECONFIGURATION COMPLETE

data transfer.
• When the RNC receives the Ue change state
cell_PCH

cause value, it starts


immediately the UE state
change from Cell_DCH state to
Cell_PCH or URA_PCH state by
sending RADIO BEARER
RECONFIGURATION message
to the UE.

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RAN 2136 HW/SW requirements

• SW requirements
BTS BTS BTS
RAS I-HSPA RNC mcRNC OMS AXC
Ultra Flexi Pico

Release - ADA4.0 RN6.0 mcRNC1.0 - - - - -

NetAct MSC SGSN MGW UE

Release - - - - -

• HW requirements
– This feature does not require any additional HW.

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RAN 2136 Activation and operation

• How to activate
– Fast Dormancy is active by default. The feature can be deactivated by
changing Fast Dormancy activation/deactivation parameter value to
Disabled.

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RAN 2136 Interdependencies between features

• Dependencies/effects/connections to other features


– Fast Dormancy and Continuos Packet Connectivity (CPC) are the
features which have opposite effect on how long the UE is kept in
Cell_DCH state, when the UE PS data sending ends. The new
parameter is set up to control priority between Fast Dormancy and
CPC.
– PCH states have to be supported in the RNC before the Fast
Dormancy feature can be activated (MSActivitySupervision value has
to be >0).

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RAN 2136 Management data

• Parameters
– New parameters
▪ With the FastDormancyEnabled parameter the operator can
activate/deactivate Fast Dormancy functionality. The parameter is active
after System Information sending round.
▪ With the FastDormOverCpcPri parameter the operator can change Fast
Dormancy and CPC priority.
▪ Timer T323
• Timer T323 value is sent to the UE in System Information Block type 1. By
sending the timer T323 in system information message, the network informs
the UE that Fast Dormancy is allowed.

• Counters
– New counter
▪ Number of RRC: Signalling Connection Release Indication messages
received from the UE with cause UE Requested PS Data session end.

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RAN 2136 Related customer documents

• Packet Data Transfer States

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