14 The A-interface Multiplexing Function

08.203GPPRate Adaptation on the Base Station System - Mobile Service Switching Centre (BSS-MSC) InterfaceTS

The multiplexing function shall be applied only for AIUR up to and including 57.6 kbit/s for multislot operations.

The multiplexing function is based on the ITU-T I.460. The multiplexing function is used to combine n (n=2 to 4) substreams of multislot intermediate rate of 8 kbit/s or n substreams of multislot intermediate rate of 16 kbit/s on one 64 kbit/s stream by using subcircuits in each octet to each substream such that:

i) An 8 kbit/s substream is allowed to occupy subcircuits with positions 1,3,5 or 7 of each octet of the 64 kbit/s stream; a 16 kbit/s stream occupies bit positions (1,2) or (3,4) or (5,6) or (7,8).

ii) The order of the bits at each substream is identical before and after multiplexing.

iii) All unused bit positions shall be set to binary “1".

iv) For transparent multislot configurations the lowest allowed subcircuits are always used.

v) For non-transparent multislot configurations, the lowest allowed subcircuits shall be used at call set up and after change of channel configuration except at downgrading. At downgrading any of the used subcircuits may be released in uplink direction. Always, the released subcircuit(s) in downlink direction shall be the same as the released subcircuit(s) in uplink direction. At a possible subsequent upgrading, the lowest available bit positions shall be used for the added substreams.

NOTE: The rules given here are almost identical to those of I.460, Section ‘Fixed format multiplexing’, except for the rule i) is stricter in that 8 kbit/s substreams cannot occupy any positions, iv) and v) are added.