PDP Context Modification

An SGSN can, due to subscriber data changes, modify parameters that were negotiated during the PDP context activation procedure. For example, the QoS and radio priority parameters can be modified. The following PDP context modification procedures are supported: MS-Initiated PDP Context Modification SGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification GGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification RNC-Initiated PDP Context Modification BSS-Initiated PDP Context Modification When an SGSN is requested to modify a PDP context, it transparently forwards the protocol configuration option received from the MS to the GGSN, or in the other direction, from the GGSN to the MS. To determine the PLMN in which the MS is located, the MCC and MNC where the MS is registered are forwarded to the GGSN. When using the GPRS Tunneling Protocol version 1 (GTPv1), the IMEISV and the RAT (GSM, GAN, or WCDMA) are also forwarded. The forwarding of MCC, MNC, IMEISV, MS Time Zone and RAT is handled through the optional feature Access Aware Core Edge (AACE). The function of AACE is partly restricted when the SGSN is configured to support multiple PLMNs. In this case, the SGSN does not indicate a change of MCC and MNC at an Intra-SGSN RAU. The forwarding of ULI is optional and handled through the feature GTP ULI Support. This feature also controls the usage of Home Zone charging differentiation. For GSM, the SGSN can be configured to include the RAT-type in the Modification message towards the GGSN when the MS is in a Home Zone area. This applies only to SGSN- or BSS- initiated PDP Context Modification. The RAT-type sent can be configured to indicate either GAN or GERAN. The NRSU/NRSN and BCM information are exchanged in PDP context modification procedure among the UE, SGSN and GGSN. The NRSU is carried in the Protocol Configuration Options IE in the PDP Context Modification Procedure, which is transparently transferred by the SGSN. The NRSN bit is set to 1 and added to Common Flags IE, which is contained in Update PDP Context Request messages (SGSN initiated modification), only when the SGSN supports the Network-Requested Secondary PDP Context Activation procedure. The bearer control mode (BCM), applicable to all PDP Contexts within the activated PDP Address/APN pair, is negotiated as in the activation procedure. The GGSN may change the negotiated Bearer Control Mode through the GGSN Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure.

1 MS-Initiated Modification
An MS might request PDP context modification to change the negotiated QoS. WCDMA System MS might also request it to reestablish preserved RABs. 1.1 Traffic Case

3. and initiates modification of the Packet Flow Context For WCDMA Systems. In WCDMA Systems. . The SGSN sends a Modify PDP Context Accept message to the MS. see Section 6. if the MS performs a RAU. The MS sends a Modify PDP Context Request message to the SGSN. the radio bearer between the RNC and the MS is modified. For WCDMA Systems. due to load changes. For GSM. or released and reestablished 6. Figure1 MS-Initiated PDP Context Modification Procedure The following steps describe the MS-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure: 1. 4. 2. The Evolved Allocation/Retention Priority is included if the GGSN supports this IE. The GGSN responds with an Update PDP Context Response message to the SGSN. the SGSN and RNC exchange information for modifying the RABs between the MS and the SGSN 5. the RNC can also request the SGSN to initiate a PDP context modification. The SGSN sends the GGSN an Update PDP Context Request message.1 Traffic Case The SGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure is shown in Figure 2. The SGSN initiates a full PDP Context Modification procedure if the QoS subscriber subscription data values are lowered in the HLR. SRNS Relocation or Packet-Switched (PS) Handover to a new SGSN offering a different QoS. for example. 2. 2 SGSN-Initiated Modification The SGSN can initiate parts of a PDP Context Modification procedure. the Evolved Allocation/Retention Priority is also included in this message. the SGSN exchanges information related to ongoing user data transmission with the BSS. The protocol configuration option is included in this message. For no response.The MS-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure is shown in Figure 1. for example. For WCDMA Systems.

out of coverage or circuit-switched calls. the SGSN and BSC may exchange information on Packet Flow Context (PFC) 4. The MS responds with a Modify PDP Context Accept message to the SGSN. 3. the SGSN and RNC exchange information on RAB modification for payload traffic between the MS and the SGSN. For WCDMA Systems.1 Traffic Case . 5. to prevent the GGSN from dropping downlink packets due to the modification of bit rates. if the Subscribed evolved Allocation Retention Priority (ARP) value is changed. For more information see Features and Functions Management. The SGSN sends an Update PDP Context Request message to the GGSN. to negotiate a new QoS. it will be provided to the GGSN in this message. For GSM Systems. In case the feature is deactivated. the GGSN signaling is ignored by the SGSN. 2. this procedure requires a GGSN with corresponding support. for example. the core network preserves the streaming and conversational bearers by modifying the Maximum Bit Rate (MBR) and Guaranteed Bit Rate (GBR) to zero in the SGSN and GGSN. For no response. As an example when radio resources are released due to inactivity. A supplement to the existing 3GPP standard is described below.Figure 2 SGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification Procedure The following steps describe the SGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure: 1. For no response. see Section 6. Thus. The GGSN responds with an Update PDP Context Response message to the SGSN. 3. the SGSN optionally supports that a GGSN initiates a PDP Context Modification procedure when downlink packets arrive. 3 GGSN-Initiated Modification The GGSN-Initiated Modification procedure is only applicable when Operator QoS Control is activated. 6. see Section 6. which includes the Evolved Allocation/Retention Priority if the GGSN supports this IE. For WCDMA Systems. The SGSN sends a Modify PDP Context Request message to the MS.

5. For WCDMA Systems. see Section 6. The MS responds with a Modify PDP Context Accept to the SGSN. For GSM. the RNC sends a RAB Modify Request message to the SGSN. 2. 4 RNC-Initiated Modification For congestion and coverage reasons. 5.1 Traffic Case The BSS-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure is illustrated in Figure 4. the SGSN and RNC exchange information on RAB modification for payload traffic between the MS and the SGSN. 4. The SGSN sends an Update PDP Context Response message to the GGSN. The Evolved Allocation/Retention Priority is included if the GGSN supports this IE. For WCDMA Systems. The GGSN sends an Update PDP Context Request to the SGSN. and initiates a modification of the Packet Flow Context. the SGSN and BSS exchange information related to ongoing user data transmission.The GGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure is illustrated in Figure 3. the Evolved Allocation/Retention Priority is included in this message. 5 BSS-Initiated Modification The BSS can request modification of an existing BSS packet flow context. When no response. The SGSN sends a Modify PDP Context Request message to the MS. 3. triggering an SGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure as described in Section 2. More specifically. the RNC is allowed to initiate a modification of MBR and GBR. for example due to a change in the resource availability in the BSS. Figure 3 GGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification Procedure The following steps describe the GGSN-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure: 1. .

the SGSN retransmits the Update PDP Context Request message to the GGSN a number of times specified by the Gn_N3-RequestsUpdate.Figure 4 BSS-Initiated PDP Context Modification Procedure The following steps describe the BSS-Initiated PDP Context Modification procedure: 1. If. 4. the modification procedure is rejected. If the modification procedure was initiated by the SGSN. 2. SGSN sends an Modify PDP Context Request message to the MS. SGSN sends a Modify BSS Packet Flow Context Accept to the BSS. Also when the Update PDP Context Response message indicate the request is not accepted. If no response appears after last retransmission the PDP context is deactivated. SGSN sends an Update PDP Context Request to the GGSN. 6. 5. GGSN sends a Update PDP Context Response message to the SGSN. during an SGSN. the SGSN does not receive a Modify PDP Context Accept message from the MS within a time specified by the T3386 parameter. 6 Modification Reject If the SGSN does not receive an Update PDP Context Response message from the GGSN within a time specified by the Gn_T3-ResponseUpdate parameter.or GGSN-initiated modification procedure. except for when the GGSN lacks a PDP context. the PDP context remains active with the same QoS. MS sends a Modify PDP Context Accept message to the MS. At rejection. 3. the SGSN retransmits the Modify PDP Context Request message. if the modification procedure was initiated by the MS. If no response appears after last retransmission the modification procedure is rejected. the PDP context is deactivated at rejection. The The The The The The BSS sends an Modify BSS Packet Flow Context Request to the SGSN. .