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What happens when a mobile is switched on ?

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What happens when a mobile is switched on ?


Based on this post: , i would like to know what happens in SS7 signalisation flow after switching on a mobile ?

In other terms, what will the mobile phone send to the HLR after switching on ? update location is only sent for inter-LA moving, but if the mobile phone stays at the same place, shutdown and power on will not send any update location to HLR.

Any help ? regards

Edited by: fourat on 06/03/2013 - 16:52
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In a GSM network, when a Mobile Station (MS) is switched on, the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) attach procedure is executed. This procedure is required for the Mobile Switching Center (MSC) and Visitor Location Register (VLR) to register the MS in the network. If the MS has changed Location area (LA) while it was powered off the IMSI attach procedure will lead to a Location update.
When the MS is switched on, it searches for a mobile network to connect to. Once the MS identifies its desired network, it sends a message to the network to indicate that it has entered into an idle state. The Visitor Location Register (VLR) checks its database to determine whether there is an existing record of the particular subscriber.
If no record is found, the VLR communicates with the subscriber's Home Location Register (HLR) and obtains a copy of the subscription information. The obtained information is stored in the database of the VLR. Then an acknowledge message is sent to the MS. Steps for IMSI attach procedure are as follows:
1.The MS will send a Channel Request message to the BSS on the RACH.
2. The BSS responds on the AGCH with an Immediate Assignment message and assigns an SDCCH to the MS.
3. The MS immediately switches to the assigned SDCCH and sends a Location Update Request to the BSS. The MS will send either an IMSI or a TMSI to the BSS.
4. The BSS will acknowledge the message. This acknowledgement only tells the MS that the BTS has received the message, it does not indicate the location update has been processed.
5. The BSS forwards the Location Update Request to the MSC/VLR.
6. The MSC/VLR forwards the IMSI to the HLR and requests verification of the IMSI as well as Authentication Triplets.
7. The HLR will forward the IMSI to the Authentication Center (AuC) and request authentication triplets.
8. The AuC generates the triplets and sends them along with the IMSI, back to the HLR.
9. The HLR validates the IMSI by ensuring it is allowed on the network and is allowed subscriber services. It then forwards the IMSI and Triplets to the MSC/VLR.
10. The MSC/VLR stores the SRES and the Kc and forwards the RAND to the BSS and orders the BSS to authenticate the MS.
11. The BSS sends the MS an Authentication Request message to the MS. The only parameter sent in the message is the RAND.
12. The MS uses the RAND to calculate the SRES and sends the SRES back to the BSS on the SDCCH in an Authentication Response. The BSS forwards the SRES up to the MSC/VLR.
13. The MSC/VLR compares the SRES generated by the AuC with the SRES generated by the MS. If they match, then authentication is completed successfully.
14. The MSC/VLR forwards the Kc for the MS to the BSS. The Kc is NOT sent across the Air Interface to the MS. The BSS stores the Kc and forwards the Set Cipher Mode command to the MS. The CIPH_MOD_CMD only tells the MS which encryption to use (A5/X), no other information is included.
15. The MS immediately switches to cipher mode using the A5 encryption algorithm. All transmissions are now enciphered. It sends a Ciphering Mode Complete message to the BSS.
16. The MSC/VLR sends a Location Updating Accept message to the BSS. It also generates a new TMSI for the MS. TMSI assignment is a function of the VLR. The BSS will either send the TMSI in the LOC_UPD_ACC message or it will send a separate TMSI Reallocation Command message. In both cases, since the Air Interface is now in cipher mode, the TMSI is not compromised.
17. The MS sends a TMSI Reallocation Complete message up to the MSC/VLR.
18. The BSS instructs the MS to go into idle mode by sending it a Channel Release message. The BSS then deassigns the SDCCH.
19. The MSC/VLR sends an Update Location message to the HLR. The HLR records which MSC/VLR the MS is currently in, so it knows which MSC to point to when it is queried for the location of the MS.