Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Few Questions on Bearer

What is the EPS Bearer?

For E-UTRAN access to the EPC the PDN connectivity service is provided by an EPS bearer for GTP-based S5/S8, and by an EPS bearer concatenated with IP connectivity between Serving GW and PDN GW for PMIP-based S5/S8.

An EPS bearer uniquely identifies traffic flows that receive a common QoS treatment between a UE and a PDN GW for GTP-based S5/S8, and between UE and Serving GW for PMIP-based S5/S8.

EPS Bearer is a virutal connection between UE and PGW which identifies a data send and received between these two end points with specific QoS attributes.

The procedure used to establish an EPS Bearer is called “EPS Bearer Activation” procedure. Either endpoint can trigger this procedure. For example, the PDN-GW may trigger this procedure when it determines that a new VoIP call is requested and a new EPS Bearer should be established to support this call.

What is Default Bearer and Dedicated Bearer?

Default Bearer
One EPS bearer is established when the UE connects to a PDN, and that remains established throughout the lifetime of the PDN connection to provide the UE with always-on IP connectivity to that PDN. That bearer is referred to as the default bearer.

Dedicated Bearer
Any additional EPS bearer that is established for the same PDN connection is referred to as a dedicated bearer.

Are default bearers created on a per UE or a per PDN (Packet Data Network) basis?

Default bearers are created on a per PDN basis. So if a UE is connecting to two PDNs it will need to establish two default bearers. The first default bearer will be established during the Attach process when the UE first powers up and the second will be done using Activate default EPS bearer context request procedure. When the second default bearer is established it will be dependent on the service and the UE.

1 comment:

Ashish said...

What are the maximum number of bearers that can be established
a) per UE(with multiple PDN's)
b) per PDN connection