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What is the MSC Pool Proxy?

GSM Pool Proxy (PP) feature in M-MGw R5.1 supports NNSF function

MSC-S

MSC-S

MSC-S

M-MGw
SGw

M-MGw
SGw

M-MGw
PP (NNSF)

M-MGw
PP (NNSF)

A-Flex
NNSF

BSC

BSC

BSC

BSC

BSCs not supporting NNSF

Non Ericsson BSC without NNSF support can be connected to Ericsson MSC Pool

Basic principles for the MSC Pool Proxy

MSC-S A MSC-S A SEP MSC MSC-S B SEP MSC

All the BSCs see the virtual MSC Signaling End Point (SEP) in the MSC Pool Proxy as an MSC-S. All the MSC-Servers in the pool see the virtual BSC SEP in the MSC Pool Proxy as a BSC.

BSSAP SCCP M3UA SCTP IP

SEP v -BSC1

SEP v -BSC2

M G M-MGw W
BSSAP BSSAP SCCP MTP1/2/3 TDM

MSC Pool Proxy

SEP v -MSC

The MSC Pool Proxy takes care of the signal routing and the MSC selection (based on either the received Network Resource Identifier (NRI) value or the relative capacity of the MSCs).
All the virtual SEPs in the M-MGw are pool-internal MTP3 real signaling points.

SEP BSC

SEP BSC

BSC 1

BSC 2

MSC Pool Proxy in the Network

MIP

MPP vs. MIP

No difference with MSC in Pool:


Traffic distribution Scaleable MSC Capacity Redundancy Handover Location Update

Same concept:
Load Redistribution
Now the Relative Capacity factor is set in the MGw instead of the RAN node

MSC Selection
Traffic Distribution, Example of Location Updating with TMSI RAN distributes subscribers roaming into the pool area among the MSCs. Subscribers remain registered in the same MSC until they roam out of the pool area. MSC assigns a TMSI, including a NRI. The NRI identifies the MSC. Pool Service Area MSC1 MSC2 MSC3

RAN selects one MSC, according to the relative MSC capacity factors. RAN selects MSC1.
Subscriber roams into the pool.

BSC/R NC Location Update (IMSI)

BSC/R NC TMSI Assignment (TMSI incl. NRI=1)

BSC/R NC

BSC/R NC

BSC/R NC

Relative Capacity Resulting NRI (0-1023), Factor (1-255), Traffic defined in MSC defined in BSC in % and BSC MSC1 MSC2 MSC3 4 2 2 50% 25% 25% 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 6 7, 8 TMSI Identification

Temporary Mobile Subscriber Identity (TMSI) TMSI Generation Network Resource Identifier (NRI)