From GPRS: General Packet Radio Service


When you complete the reading in this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe the locations for the CCU.

  • Describe the four different types of channel codec services.

  • Understand where the options are for locating the PCU.

  • Discuss the role of the GGSN and SGSN.

  • Understand the way that the HLR and VLR interact in the GPRS network.

For the first time, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) fully enables mobile Internet functionality by permitting interworking between the existing Internet and the new GPRS network. Any service that is used over the fixed Internet today (such as File Transfer Protocol [FTP], Web browsing, chat, e-mail, and telnet) will be as available over the mobile network because of GPRS. In fact, many network operators are considering the opportunity to use GPRS to help become Wireless Internet Service Providers (W-ISPs) in their own right.

The World Wide Web is becoming the primary communications interface people access the Internet for entertainment and information collection, the intranet for accessing company information and connecting with colleagues, and the extranet for accessing customers and suppliers. These are all derivatives of the World Wide Web aimed at connecting different communities of interest. The trend is moving away from storing information locally in specific software packages on PCs to remotely on the Internet. When you want to check your schedule or contacts, instead of using a dedicated contact manager on the PC, you go onto the Internet site such as a...

Products & Services
GPRS Chips
GPRS chips use general packet radio service (GPRS), a standard for wireless communication with a throughput rate of 115 kilobits per second.
Network Appliances
Network appliances are inexpensive personal computers (PC) or computer boards that provide Internet access and promote network security. They lack many of the features of fully-equipped PCs, however.
Wireless Modems
Wireless modems transmit modulated data using electromagnetic waves.
Telecommunications Infrastructure Services
Telecommunications infrastructure services provide setup, maintenance and consulting for all data and voice communications technologies.
Specialty Communication Services
Specialty communication services are specialty or proprietary services related to voice and data communications.

Topics of Interest

Objectives When you complete the reading in this chapter, you will be able to Describe the main components of the main functions of mobility management. Describe the mobile-initiated attach and...

Objectives Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to Describe the SGSN-to-GGSN interface. Discuss the GPRS Tunneling Protocols. Understand the way GPRS provides data security across the...

Objectives Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to Describe the concept of the HSCSD network. Discuss the evolution of EGPRS and EDGE. Understand what UMTS is all about. Describe the...

Overview GPRS represents an evolution of the GSM standard, allowing data transmission in packet mode and providing higher throughputs as compared with the circuit-switched mode. This evolution is...

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) General packet radio service provides high-speed packet data service on a GSM network. GPRS is part of the phase 2+ specifications for GSM, now under control of...