GPRS Technical Overview

3 Day Course
Code PWS021

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Introduction to GSM (10 topics)

  • GSM Architecture
  • Mobile Station
  • The BTS & BSC
  • The Transcoder Rate Adaptation Unit (TRAU)
  • Mobile Switching Centre (MSC)
  • The Registers
  • Layer Functionality & The OSI Model
  • Access Methods
  • TDMA Frames
  • Speech Coding

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) (12 topics)

  • Evolution of Wireless Data
  • GPRS Roaming
  • The GSM Phase II Overlay Network
  • Circuit Switched & Packet Switched
  • GPRS Radio Technologies
  • Cells & Routing Areas
  • Attaching to a Serving GRPS Support Node
  • Packet Data Protocol Context
  • Data Transfer
  • GPRS Terminals
  • Mobile Station Classes
  • Applications for GPRS

System Architecture (5 topics)

  • Network Architecture
  • Data Routing
  • New Interfaces
  • Initial Implementations
  • TDMA - GPRS Physical Channel Capacity

Main GPRS Procedures (11 topics)

  • Mobility Management
  • GPRS Attach
  • GPRS Attach Scenario
  • Mobile Station Initiated GPRS Detach
  • Network Initiated Detach
  • Activating a PDP Context Activation
  • GPRS Data Transfer
  • Security Functions
  • Authentication
  • Ciphering
  • Web Access

Radio and MS-PCUSN Interfaces (6 topics)

  • Packet Logical Channels
  • System Information Type 13
  • Network Control
  • Packet Traffic Channels
  • RLC/MAC Block Structure
  • Channel Coding Schemes

MS to SGSN Interface (5 topics)

  • Logical Link Control (LLC)
  • GPRS Ciphering Environment
  • Temporary Logical Link Identifier (TLLI)
  • Mobility Management
  • GPRS Attach Procedure

PCUSN – SGSN Interface (4 topics)

  • The Protocol Stack for Gb Interface
  • PDU Transmission
  • Flow Control Procedures
  • Modes of Operation

SGSN – GGSN Interface (5 topics)

  • GPRS Tunnelling Protocol (GTP)
  • GTP Identities
  • Roaming & Wireless VPNs
  • PDP Context the SGSN role
  • Transparent & Non-Transparent Access

Physical Layer Performance (4 topics)

  • Coverage
  • Capacity
  • High-Bit Rates
  • Performance Enhancements

Future Development (4 topics)

  • Enhanced Data Rate for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
  • E-GPRS
  • UMTS/3G


This level of course is designed for delegates who have a technical background and who require a technical introduction to GPRS. Delegates have probably started, or are likely to come into contact with GPRS and need a formal introduction to its applications and capabilities. This course assumes that the delegates already have a grasp of associated GSM technologies and understand communications basics. Delegates will be from a technical background such as developers, analysts and engineers. They may also be experienced managers, project leaders or people liasing with technical staff and need to communicate at this level.

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