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PS Core Network Concepts

Most of the educational documents related to PS Core Network start with Call Flows. Attach Call Flow, PDP Context, Paging, etc. Basically that was my problem when I started working in PS Core because the Call Flows include a lot of messages which in turn include a lot of parameters and Information Elements so starting with the Call Flows without knowing at least the Identifiers included in these messages is not the best approach to understand PS Core principles.

This is why this article will be all about the MBB terms that are commonly presented in all Call flows and in most of the MBB talks in general. Once one is comfortable with that, the Call flows will be easy to interpret.

I am bringing some for clarification.

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Core Network Architecture in 3G Mobile Networks

Core Network Architecture in 3G Mobile Networks – Most of the Mobile Broadband Networks worldwide are currently delivering Data Services based on 3G & 4G Technologies. Although 4G/LTE is widely deployed globally but still there are countries and operators running 2G/3G with relatively convenient Data rates to the market demands.

In this article, I am focusing on the Packet Switched Network Architecture in 3G, the corresponding interfaces, & the relevant protocols relying on the terms and principles explained in the first article.

Mobile Broadband Ecosystem

The Basic Core Network Architecture in 3G mobile network is shown in the below figure :

Blank Flowchart - Main PS Core

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Mobile Broadband Ecosystem

Mobile Broadband… You might have heard this term before, possibly in an ISP environment. The term has always represented a name of a department within a mobile operator or a vendor organization. It is always there in profile description for telecom professionals. It is everywhere actually when it comes to a certain ecosystem or framework that delivers Internet Service using Mobile Network.

Let me bring the Wikipedia definition followed with a small note …

Mobile broadband is the marketing term for wireless Internet access through a portable modem, mobile phone, USB wireless modem, tablet or other mobile devices.

Definition is true but the note here is that you can’t rely solely on google to understand the MBB related technologies (EDGE, UMTS, 4G/LTE, etc.) because what is in google is mainly the marketing articles and the vendor specific publications which is fine but as a lesson learned, one need always to understand the technology concept decoupled from vendors influence.

The good thing is that the whole knowledge, principles, & Service descriptions for Mobile Broadband is there in the standards. Mainly the 3GPP which is freely accessible. So I’d clearly say that the “debate” that it is hard to get the knowledge of the MBB is “debatable“!



One just need to know how to get the information? Which 3GPP standard Specifications? Which 3GPP Release? Throughout this article, I am going to talk about the Mobile broadband evolution and the related standardization specifications which will enable the audience to see the big picture of the MBB and the plan is that by the end of the Five articles series, readers will be on the Mobile Broadband Track. Read more