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  • Bearer Traffic Fragmentation and Packet size

    • MTU Maximum Transmitted Unit,

      • The Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) is a parameter that determines the largest datagram than can be transmitted by an IP interface (without it needing to be broken down into smaller units).

    • MRU Maximum Receive Unit

      • The Maximum Receive Unit is sent to inform the peer that the implementation can receive larger packets, or to request that the peer send smaller packets.

    • Ping= 8 icmp + 20 ip + (>=40 l2tp) + (~50 ESP) = ~118byte overhead

    • If MRU is 1500 (anywhere) then max payload = ~1382

      • Before fragmentation

    • Fragmentation and Reassembly adds processing requirements


  • Access_Reply

    • Service-Type=Framed-User

    • Tunnel-Type=L2TP

    • Tunnel-Medium-Type=IP

    • Tunnel-Server-Endpoint=x.x.x.x (public & routable)

    • Tunnel-Password=abcdefgh

    • Tunnel-Client-Auth-Id=zyxwvutsr

Evdo connection process
EVDO Connection Process

  • Insert PC card into laptop or turn phone on

  • Scan radio channels based on PRL for SID/NID match

  • Acquire 1x radio network with reference to EVDO channel

  • IS41 registration sent to HLR via 1x network

  • Acquire Evdo radio network

    • Waiting for connection request

  • User initiates data session (Hybrid device)

  • A12 authentication via AN-AAA

  • After valid A12, PPP user authentication sent via RNC & PDSN to AAA

  • User gets IP address

    • User connected and using EVDO

  • User moves out of EVDO coverage

  • Session forced to Dormant mode

  • Scan radio channels based on PRL for SID/NID match

  • VLR updated with service list from HLR

  • Device initiates 1X data session through PDSN

  • If VLR allows SO=33, PDSN matches IMSI and connects device to same data session.

What have we found
What have we found?

  • A customer can have Roaming Disabled in HLR and still get EVDO

  • We don’t know if this is a fault with the Registration Notification back to the handset or not.

  • You cannot stop someone from using EVDO while roaming if they have a valid PRL

What are we going to do about it
What are we going to do about it?

  • Enable/Disable roaming through PRL choice

    • Not a good option for us

  • Add field/flag in AN-AAA with a script that checks that the user is allowed to use EVDO in a roaming environment

    • Good use for Carrier-id?

  • Find out and fix the fault, if it is a fault.

    • Or is it is standards implementation issue

  • You need to know this.