1 Scope


This European Telecommunication Standard (ETS) specifies the Radio Link Protocol (RLP) for data transmission over the GSM PLMN. RLP covers the Layer 2 functionality of the ISO OSI Reference Model (IS 7498). It is based on ideas contained in IS 3309, IS 4335 and IS 7809 (HDLC of ISO) as well as CCITT X.25 and Q.92x (LAP-B and LAP-D of CCITT, respectively.) RLP has been tailored to the special needs of digital radio transmission. RLP provides to its users the OSI Data Link Service (IS 8886).

RLP is intended for use with non-transparent data-transfer. Protocol conversion may be provided for a variety of protocol configurations. Those foreseen immediately are:

– Character-mode protocols using start-stop transmission (IA5);

– X.25 LAP-B.

For reasons of better presentation, material about protocol conversion has been placed within those Specifications concerned with the relevant Terminal Adaptors, i.e. GSM 07.02 for the asynchronous case and GSM 07.03 for the synchronous case. Care must be taken that material also applies to Interworking Functions; see GSM 09.04 – 09.07.