14 MS Information procedure

09.183GPPGeneral Packet Radio Service (GPRS)Gs interface layer 3 specificationServing GPRS Support Node (SGSN) - Visitors Location Register (VLR)TS

14.1 General description

The MS Information procedure is used by the VLR to request specific parameters about the MS. If the target MS for an MS Information procedure or a Provide Subscriber Info procedure (3GPP TS 03.18, 3GPP TS 09.02) is GPRS attached (i.e. the state of the association to Gs-ASSOCIATED) the VLR may decide to perform the procedure via GPRS. The outcome of the MS Information procedure does not change the state of the association at the VLR or SGSN.

14.2 Procedures in the VLR

If the target MS for the MS information procedure is GPRS attached and the state of the association for the MS Gs-ASSOCIATED, the VLR may initiate the MS information procedure by transferring a BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-REQUEST message to the SGSN. If the state of the association is LA-UPDATE PRESENT, the VLR shall wait until this state is exited. The VLR starts the timer T14. The BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-REQUEST message specifies the requested information parameters in the Information requested information element.

Upon receipt of a BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE the VLR shall stop timer T14. If no BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE for that MS is received before the expiry of timer T14the VLR shall stop the Gs interface MS information procedure. The VLR may perform other actions to obtain the information about the MS (e.g. retry, or send a DTAP IDENTITY REQUEST message on the A interface).

14.3 Procedures in the SGSN

The SGSN shall examine the type of information that is requested and if it is stored in its database shall use this information in its response to the VLR. The BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE message contains the information parameters as requested by the VLR. The Mobile location information indicates a request for Cell Global Identity and Location information age.

If the SGSN receives an Information requested information element containing a ‘not supported’ value, then the value part of the Mobile station state information element in the BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE message shall be set to ‘Information requested not supported’.

If the information is not locally available and it is a request for mobile identity information, the SGSN forwards the IDENTITY REQUEST message to the MS indicated in the message unless the GPRS activities of the MS are suspended. Upon receipt of the IDENTITY RESPONSE message from the MS, the SGSN shall send a BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE message. The BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE message contains the information parameters as requested by the VLR. If the GPRS activities of the MS are suspended the SGSN shall return a BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE message indicating in the MS state IE ‘SUSPENDED’ If the requested information is not available or obtainable at the SGSN, the SGSN shall return a BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE message to the VLR without the requested information. The SGSN should include the MS status IE in all BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE messages.

If the IMSI is not known at the SGSN, the SGSN shall return a BSSAP+-MS-INFORMATION-RESPONSE message indicating in the MS state IE ‘IMSI unknown’.