The LTE Service Architecture Evolution (SAE) Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network is an essential component of next generation mobile networks. This course provides a detailed analysis of the architecture, interfaces, protocols, QoS, deployment and dimensioning of EPC. The overall requirements of the LTE/SAE proposal are examined, and participants will be able to dimension for the required number of MMEs, SGWs, PGWs, HSS and PCRF for EPC. 

Course Objectives:

  • Outline the architecture and interfaces of E-EUTRAN and the EPC
  • Characterize the performance capabilities of LTE/SAE system
  • Discuss the different services offered by EPS and their impact on traffic and signaling
  • Outline the key protocols used for control and user traffic
  • Explain the procedure for EPS bearer establishment and service data flow
  • Explore options for implementing voice in LTE (VoLTE, CSFB, OTT)
  • Step through the planning methodology for EPC
  • Understand traffic concepts and traffic modeling for LTE
  • Estimate the signaling and user plane traffic
  • Dimension a sample LTE core network, with an estimation of the EPC nodes 

Course Contents:


  • 3GPP releases
  • LTE requirements
  • LTE technology overview
  • LTE protocol stack - user plane and control plane
  • 3GPP EPS architecture- eNodeB, MME, SGW, PGW, PCRF, HSS
  • EPS interfaces
  • Roaming architecture
  • Non-3GPP access
  • EPS Identities – GUTI, S-TMSI, M-TMSI, P-TMSI, TAI, PDP address

Evolved Packet Core (EPC) Architecture

  • EPC for LTE access
  • LTE/3G/2G interworking with prerelease and release 8 SGSN
  • Optimized architecture for high-speed 3G/HSPA/LTE traffic
  • Combined SGSN/MME
  • EPC network topologies
  • LTE access dimensioning

Mobility and Bearer Management

  • MME pooling and pool area
  • MME selection and addressing
  • SCTP
  • QoS parameters
  • EPS bearer architecture
  • Policy and charging control architecture
  • EPS mobility management (EMM) states
  • EPS connection management (ECM) states
  • Traffic Cases : Attach/Detach, bearer activation, deactivation, handover, TAU, PDP context establishment, transitions between idle and active modes

EPS Services

  • IP multimedia subsystem (IMS)
  • IMS protocols
  • Traffic cases
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Circuit switched fall back (CSFB)
  • Over the Top (OTT) Services
  • Single radio voice call continuity (SRVCC)
  • RCS, SMS over SGs interface

Traffic Modeling

  • EPC network planning workflow and processes
  • Network planning scope
  • Core planning tasks
  • Subscriber traffic profiles
  • Erlang-B traffic estimates

EPC Dimensioning

  • EPC dimensioning methodology
  • EPC key dimensioning parameters and EPC dimensioning principles
  • Hardware setup for a given EPC network and traffic profile
  • User plane traffic dimensioning
  • Estimate the number of nodes (MME/SGW/PGW/Combined SGW-PGW/HSS/PCRF) for EPC

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