2 Protocol model

08.583GPPBase Station Controler - Base Transceiver Station (BCS-BTS) Interface Layer 3 SpecificationRelease 1999TS

A model for L3 can be found in figure 2.1.

L2 addressing is made to TRX (or BCF) using the TEI of LAPD. Different L2 links are used for traffic management messages (RSL, Radio Signalling Link), network management messages (OML, Operation & Maintenance Link) and L2 management messages (L2ML, Layer 2 Management Link).

For traffic management, two types of signalling messages have been defined:

Transparent Messages: Messages which are forwarded by BTS without interpretation or changes.

Non-Transparent Messages: Messages which are sent only between BSC and BTS and which BTS is acting upon or which are the results of BTS actions.

In addition, the messages have been grouped into four main groups: Radio Link Layer Management, Dedicated Channel Management, Common Channel Management and TRX Management messages.

Discrimination between these types and groups is based on the Message Discriminator which is sent as the first octet in all messages. Transparent and non-transparent messages are discriminated by a transparency flag (T-bit) in the Message Discriminator. Transparent messages are merely forwarded to L2 on the radio interface.

In order to address the relevant radio channel, a Channel Number element is included to support the distribution of messages to relevant physical channels on the TRX. A Link Identifier element supports the distribution on logical links/channels on the radio interface (compare the DLCI element of the A interface, 3GPP TS 08.06).

All messages in this GTS are to be transmitted on the A-bis interface using the I format of LAPD, except for MEASUREMENT RESULT which is sent in UI format.

Figure 2.1/08.58: L3 model