SAE and the Evolved Packet Core: Driving the Mobile Broadband Revolution

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Overview

This book provides a clear, concise, complete and authoritative introduction to System Architecture Evolution (SAE) standardization work and its main outcome: the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), including potential services and operational scenarios.After providing an insightful overview of SAE’s historical development, the book gives detailed explanations of the EPC architecture and key concepts as an introduction. In-depth technical descriptions of EPC follow, including thorough functional accounts of the different components of EPC, protocols, network entities and procedures. Case studies of deployment scenarios show how the functions described within EPC are placed within a live network context, while a description of the services that are predicted to be used shows what EPC as a core network can enable.

This book is an essential resource for professionals and students who need to understand the latest developments in SAE and EPC, the 'engine' that connects broadband access to the internet.

All of the authors have from their positions with Ericsson been actively involved in GPRS, SAE and 3GPP from a business and technical perspective for many years. Several of the authors have also been actively driving the standardization efforts within 3GPP.

"There is no doubt that this book, which appears just when the mobile industry starts its transition away from legacy GSM/GPRS and UMTS networks into the future will become the reference work on SAE/LTE. There are no better qualified persons than the authors of this book to provide both communication professionals and an interested general public with insights into the inner workings of SAE/LTE. Not only are they associated with one of the largest mobile network equipment vendors in the world, they have all actively contributed to and, in some cases, been the driving forces behind the development of SAE/LTE within 3GPP." - from the foreword byDr. Ulf Nilsson, TeliaSonera R&D, Mobility Core and Connectivity

"The authors have done an excellent job in writing this book. Their familiarity with the requirements, concepts and solution alternatives, as well as the standardization work allows them to present the material in a way that provides easy communication between Architecture and Standards groups and Planning/ Operational groups within service provider organizations." - from the foreword by Dr. Kalyani Bogineni, Principal Architect, Verizon

  • Up-to-date coverage of SAE including the latest standards development
  • Easily accessible overview of the architecture and concepts defined by SAE
  • Thorough description of the Evolved Packet Core for LTE, fixed and other wireless accesses
  • Comprehensive explanation of SAE key concepts, security and Quality-of-Service
  • Covers potential service and operator scenarios including interworking with existing 3GPP and 3GPP2 systems
  • Detailed walkthrough of network entities, protocols and procedures
  • Written by established experts in the SAE standardization process, all of whom have extensive experience and understanding of its goals, history and vision
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123748263
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/7/2009
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Magnus Olsson is an expert in system architecture and standardization at Ericsson. He has worked with the overall mobile network architecture since joining Ericsson in 1995 and has over 10 years of experience in the standardization of mobile systems. He served as the chairman of 3GPP TSG SA WG2 (Architecture Working Group) for four years and has contributed to numerous specifications within this forum. He has been involved in driving the System Architecture Evolution (SAE) work item since its inception within 3GPP. He holds an MSc in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Linköping Institute of Technology.

Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow at Imperial College, London. Catherine’s research focuses on the emerging technologies of the communications industries and the creation of new business models around the data streams associated with them. She has 15 years industrial experience in the communications industries, including 10 years at Ericsson. She holds several patents and is the author of several books on the economics and technologies of the mobile industry. Catherine holds an MPhil in Engineering and PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (Hons 1) in Business Information Technology from UNSW, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Background and Vision of EPC: Mobile broadband and the core network evolution; SAE history and background; Overview of EPS: Architecture overview; EPS deployment scenarios and operator cases; Services in EPS; Key Concepts: Session management and mobility; Security; Quality of service, charging and policy control; Selection functions; The Nuts and Bolts of EPC: EPS network entities and interfaces; Protocols; Procedures;Conclusion and Future of EPS; Appendices: Standards bodies associated with SAE; SAE/EPC specifications; Mobile broadband application development; Abbreviations
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