Analyzing the EPC

Building on the foundation of LTE System Engineering, this course provides a detailed examination of the LTE Evolved Packet Core. Key emphasis is placed on the network architecture, as well as the main network procedures that occur during a mobile’s typical interactivity with the LTE network. Analysis of the LTE Attach, EPS bearer establishment, EPS bearer usage, Policy Control, Mobility and Interworking will be provided as part of this process. In conclusion, the course will cover the key aspects of voice services across the EPC, including discussion on CSFB and also VoLTE.
This course will contain the following sections:


  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • What is the EPC?
  • Market Drivers for EPC
  • Defining EPC and LTE - 3GPP Standardization
  • Positioning EPC within LTE
  • E-UTRA, E-UTRAN and EPC
  • LTE Principles of Operation
  • EPC Interfaces for Roaming
  • LTE Protocols
  • S1AP - functions and procedures
  • GTP - GTPv1-U header and procedures, GTPv2-C message format
  • Diameter - Base Protocol, AVPs and Routing
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • EPC Functional Architecture
  • MME, S-GW, PDN-GW, PCC, HSS and AAA
  • EPC Interfaces
  • E-UTRAN and EPC Interfaces
  • Interaction with GPRS
  • EPC Interacting with Trusted and Untrusted Non 3GPP Access
  • EPC Interfaces for Roaming
  • LTE Protocols
  • S1AP - functions and procedures
  • GTP - GTPv1-U header and procedures, GTPv2-C message format
  • Diameter - Base Protocol, AVPs and Routing
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Carrier Grade IP Transport
  • IP Overview, Routing and IPv6
  • Multi Protocol Label Switching
  • Overview, Architecture, Label Format, Traffic Engineering, FRR, PWE3
  • Carrier Ethernet
  • CE in LTE, CE Layered Model, CE Transport
  • Timing and Synchronization
  • Timing over Packet Options, PTP, SyncE
  • Activity
  • Detailed analysis of Diameter based PCC procedures using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Transferring Signalling in the E-UTRAN and EPC
  • LTE Stratums and NAS Messages
  • LTE States
  • EMM and ECM
  • LTE Identities
  • UE Identities, eNB Identities and EPC Identities
  • Detailed Registration Process
  • Deregistration
  • Activity
  • Detailed analysis of the Registration procedure using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • EPS Authentication and Key Agreement
  • AKA Principles, AKA in the Attach, AIR and AIA, NAS Authentication Request
  • Key Distribution and Security Contexts
  • LTE Key Architecture, Security Context Initiation, S1-MME and S1-U Security
  • IPSec and IKEv2
  • AH and ESP, SPD, SAD, SPI and SA Establishment with IKEv2
  • Transport Layer Security
  • TLS Operation, Handshaking, Cipher Suites, PKI and X.509
  • Activity
  • Detailed analysis of security elements of the Registration procedure using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Supporting QoS - Significant Protocols
  • SCTP and DiffServ
  • Policy and Charging Control
  • PCC Architecture, Principles, PCC and EPC
  • PCC Binding Mechanism
  • Session Binding, Rule Authorization, Bearer Binding
  • EPC Charging Architecture
  • CTF, CGF, OCS, OFCS, GTP’, Diameter Charging Interfaces
  • Activity
  • Detailed analysis of Diameter based PCC procedures using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Dedicated EPS Bearers
  • TFTs and QCI
  • Dedicated Bearer Establishment
  • Network and UE Initiated Procedures
  • Utilizing EPS Bearers
  • UE Triggered Service Request, Paging
  • Bearer Resource Modification Procedures
  • EPS Bearer Deactivation
  • Activity
  • Detailed analysis of Network Initiated Dedicated Bearer Establishment and Modification procedures using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Tracking Area Update Detailed Analysis
  • Handover Procedure
  • EPC Relocation Procedures
  • MME and S-GW Relocation, S1 Based Handover
  • LTE Roaming Considerations
  • Roaming Scenarios, IPX Architecture, DRA, IPX Proxy and Diameter Routing
  • Activity
  • Detailed analysis of TAU and Handover procedures using Mpirical's NetX
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Supporting CSFB - Network Considerations
  • UE, MME, MSC-S, SGs, SGsAP, S3 (Packet Data)
  • CSFB Preparation Phase
  • CSFB MO Call
  • Key Stages, Handover and Redirection, SIB Skipping/Tunnelling
  • CSFB MT Call
  • Handover vs Redirection
  • Other CSFB Procedures
  • MO/MT SMS, Packet Switched Handover, Network Detach
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Interworking Concepts and Architecture
  • Registration and Bearer Establishment
  • Establishing the PDP Context and EPS Bearer, Secondary PDP Contexts
  • E-UTRAN to GERAN/UTRAN RAU
  • E-UTRAN to GERAN/UTRAN Handover
  • Preparation and Execution
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • IMS Concepts
  • IMS Architecture
  • P, S and I CSCF, HSS, Application Servers, PSTN Breakout and Interworking
  • SIP Basics
  • Protocol Architecture, Methods, Registration and Session Establishment
  • IMS Registration and Session Establishment
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • VoLTE Fundamentals
  • GSMA IR.92, Registration, MO and MT Call, SMS
  • SRVCC Fundamentals
  • Architecture and E-UTRAN to GERAN Procedure
  • OTT Services
  • Voice and Video Services
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Duration 18 hours
CPD Learning Credits 18

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