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Mobile networks architecture

2013-02-11 12:06:00

This post does not really bring something new to the community but it's a reminder.

Here is an overview of mobile networks architecture and generations.

Here is a more detailed description of each mobile network generation. Let's start with traditionnal circuit-switched technologies:

And here is an overview of more recent packet based technologies:

And now a bird view of latest telecom providers standard: IP Multimedia Subsystem

Here is now the meaning of all those ugly accronyms:

AUC AUthentication Centre
AS Application Server
BG Border Gateway
BGCF Breakout Gateway Control Function
BSC Base Station Controller
BSS Base Station Sub-system
AUC AUthentication Centre
BTS Base Tranceiver Station
CG Charging Gateway
CSCF Call Session Control Function
DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
DNS Domain Name System
DRNC Drift Radio Network Controller
E-CSCF Emergency Call Session Control Function
EDGE Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution
EIR Equipment Identity Register
EPC Evolved Packet Core
EPS Evolved Packet System
E-UTRAN Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network
GGSN Gateway GPRS Support Node
GMSC Gateway Mobile Switching Centre
GSM Global System for Mobile
GSS GPRS Sub-System
GPRS General Packet Radio Service
HLR Home Location Register
HSDPA High Speed Downlink Packet Access
HSS Home Subscriber Server
I-CSCF Interrogating Call Session Control Function
IMS IP Multimedia Subsystem
MGCF Media Gateway Controller Function
MGW Media GateWay
MME Mobility Management Entity
MRFC Media Resource Function Controller
MRFP Media Resource Function Processor
MS Mobile Station
MSC Mobile Switching Centre
NGN Next Generation Network
NSS Network Sub-System
PCU Packet Control Unit
GSS GPRS Sub-System
PCRF Policy and Charging Rules Function
P-CSCF Proxy Call Session Control Function
PDN Packet Data Network
PLMN Public Land Mobile Network
PSTN Public Switched Telephone Network
RADIUS Remote Authentication Dial In User Service
RNC Radio Network Controller
S-CSCF Serving Call Session Control Function
SIP Session Initiation Protocol
SGSN Service GPRS Support Node
SGW Signaling/Serving GateWay
SLF Subscriber Location Function
SRNC Serving Radio Network Controller
TRAU Transcoder Rate Adaptor Unit
TSC Transit Switching Centre
UE User Equipment
UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunications System
UTRAN UMTS TRAnsport Network
VLR Visitor Location Register
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