IMS and PCC System Engineering

With the advent of technologies such as LTE, next generation services and charging are now being controlled by IMS and PCC functions; a critical element in a service provider’s requirement to support seamless and rich multimedia services. For those needing to gain an understanding of this service overlay, this course provides a comprehensive technical explanation of how this is achieved. Furthermore, the course also incorporates real signalling analysis using Mpirical’s innovative network analyzer – NetX.

This course will contain the following sections:


  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • IMS Drivers
  • Service Drivers, Open Systems and Seamless Mobility
  • IMS Fundamental Principles
  • Specifications and Standards
  • Interworking with Access Networks
  • Positioning the IMS
  • Control and User Planes
  • IMS Terminal Device Requirements
  • Key Nodes
  • P-CSCF, S-CSCF, I-CSCF, HSS and Application Servers
  • Additional Architectural Elements
  • PSTN Breakout - BGCF, MGCF, MGW and Signalling Gateway
  • Interworking - IBCF and Session Border Controllers
  • Multimedia - MRFC, MRFP, Media Servers and Brokers
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • SIP Fundamentals
  • Methods, network elements, protocol format
  • Diameter Fundamentals
  • Routing, Header Format, Messages and AVPs
  • PCC Architecture, Principles, PCC and SAE
  • PCC Binding Mechanism
  • Session Binding, Rule Authorization, Bearer Binding
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • IMS Initial Procedures
  • IP-CAN Connectivity, P-CSCF Discovery
  • IMS Identities
  • Private and Public User Identities, GRUU, PSI
  • Security considerations
  • Service Profiles and Initial Filter Criteria
  • Detailed Registration Process
  • Including Implicit Registration
  • Activity
  • Detailed analysis of the IMS Registration procedure using Mpirical’s NetX
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • QoS in IP Networks
  • Precursors to PCC
  • 3GPP Release 5 SBLP and Release 6 FBC
  • Policy and Charging Control
  • PCC Architecture, Principles, PCC and SAE
  • PCC Binding Mechanism
  • Session Binding, Rule Authorization, Bearer Binding
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Session Policy and Policy Enforcement
  • PCC and the Rx Interface
  • SDP Offer/Answer Model
  • IMS Session Establishment
  • Charging Concepts
  • Offline Charging, Online Charging and Charging Identifiers
  • Activity
  • Detailed analysis of an IMS Session Establishment procedure using Mpirical’s NetX
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Duration 6 hours
CPD Learning Credits 6

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