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GPRS Terminology

This page on GPRS terminology describes terms related to GPRS standard. It covers what is GPRS, GPRS frame structure, SGSN, GGSN, TBF, TFI, EDGE, BEP, EDA, CS1 to CS4 gprs coding schemes, GPRS interfaces, MMS etc.

GPRS Terms Basic description RF Wireless World Reference
What is GPRS General packet radio service, the packet centric data communication standard for cellular technologies such as GSM and WCDMA. Mainly used in GSM. what is GPRS
GPRS frame structure The frame structure used between Base Station and GPRS compliant UE for communication and exchange of data as well as control informations. GPRS frame
SGSN Serving GPRS Support Node SGSN in GPRS Network
GGSN Gateway GPRS Support Node GGSN in GPRS network
TBF Temporary Block Flow TBF function
TFI Temporary Flow Identity TFI function
EDGE Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution EDGE basics
BEP Bit Error Probability What is BEP
EDA Extended Dynamic Allocation, the scheme by which subscriber(UE) can use for number of time slots in the uplink unlike DA(Dynamic Allocation) method. Here UE need to decode USF just once and can transmit the data over the time slots till the next block period. EDA basics
CS1,CS2,CS3,CS4 Coding scheme used in GPRS to facilitate different data rates for the UE. Different scheme supports different data rates. GPRS coding schemes
GPRS Interfaces The interfaces are the signal connections by which different GPRS network elements are interconnected. GPRS Network Interfaces
MMS Multimedia Message Service, the service by which bigger messages can be transmitted over GPRS network. SMS vs MMS

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