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6.2  NG-RAN identifiersWord‑p. 16

6.2.1  Principle of handling Application Protocol Identities

An Application Protocol Identity (AP ID) is allocated when a new UE-associated logical connection is created in either an NG-RAN node or an AMF. An AP ID shall uniquely identify a logical connection associated to a UE over the NG interface or Xn interface within a node (NG-RAN node or AMF) or over the F1 interface or over the E1 interface or over the W1 interface. Upon receipt of a message that has a new AP ID from the sending node, the receiving node shall store the AP ID of the sending node for the duration of the logical connection. The receiving node shall assign the AP ID to be used to identify the logical connection associated to the UE and include it as well as the previously received new AP ID from the sending node, in the first returned message to the sending node. In all subsequent messages to and from sending node, both AP IDs of sending node and receiving node shall be included.
The definitions of AP IDs as used on NG interface or Xn interface or F1 interface or E1 interface are shown below:
RAN UE NGAP ID:
A RAN UE NGAP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the NG interface within an gNB. When an AMF receives an RAN UE NGAP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical NG-connection for this UE. Once known to an AMF this is included in all UE associated NGAP signalling.
The RAN UE NGAP ID shall be unique within the logical NG-RAN node.
AMF UE NGAP ID:
An AMF UE NGAP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the NG interface within the AMF. When a NG-RAN node receives an AMF UE NGAP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical NG-connection for this UE. Once known to a NG-RAN node this ID is included in all UE associated NGAP signalling.
The AMF UE NGAP ID shall be unique within an AMF Set as specified in TS 23.501.
Old NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID:
An Old NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the Xn interface within a source NG-RAN node. When a target NG-RAN node receives an Old NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical Xn-connection for this UE. Once known to a target NG-RAN node this ID is included in all UE associated XnAP signalling. The Old NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID shall be unique within the logical NG-RAN node.
New NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID:
A New NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the Xn interface within a target NG-RAN node. When a source NG-RAN node receives a New NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical Xn-connection for this UE. Once known to a source NG-RAN node this ID is included in all UE associated XnAP signalling. The New NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID shall be unique within the logical NG-RAN node.
M-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID:
An M-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the Xn interface within an M-NG-RAN node for dual connectivity. When an S-NG-RAN node receives an M-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical Xn-connection for this UE. Once known to an S-NG-RAN node this ID is included in all UE associated XnAP signalling. The M-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID shall be unique within the logical NG-RAN node.
S-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID:
A S-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the Xn interface within an S-NG-RAN node for dual connectivity. When an M-NG-RAN node receives a S-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical Xn-connection for this UE. Once known to an M-NG-RAN node this ID is included in all UE associated XnAP signalling. The S-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID shall be unique within the logical NG-RAN node.
gNB-CU UE F1AP ID:
A gNB-CU UE F1AP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the F1 interface within a gNB-CU. When a gNB-DU receives a gNB-CU UE F1AP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical F1-connection for this UE. The gNB-CU UE F1AP ID shall be unique within the gNB-CU logical node.
gNB-DU UE F1AP ID:
A gNB-DU UE F1AP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the F1 interface within a gNB-DU. When a gNB-CU receives a gNB-DU UE F1AP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical F1-connection for this UE. The gNB-DU UE F1AP ID shall be unique within the gNB-DU logical node.
gNB-CU-CP UE E1AP ID:
A gNB-CU-CP UE E1AP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the E1 interface within a gNB-CU-CP. When a gNB-CU-UP receives a gNB-CU-CP UE E1AP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical E1-connection for this UE. The gNB-CU-CP UE E1AP ID shall be unique within the gNB-CU-CP logical node.
gNB-CU-UP UE E1AP ID:
A gNB-CU-UP UE E1AP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the E1 interface within a gNB-CU-UP. When a gNB-CU-CP receives a gNB-CU-UP UE E1AP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical E1-connection for this UE. The gNB-CU-UP UE E1AP ID shall be unique within the gNB-CU-UP logical node.
ng-eNB-CU UE W1AP ID:
An ng-eNB-CU UE W1AP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the W1 interface within an ng-eNB-CU. When an ng-eNB-DU receives an ng-eNB-CU UE W1AP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical W1-connection for this UE. The ng-eNB-CU UE W1AP ID shall be unique within the ng-eNB-CU logical node.
ng-eNB-DU UE W1AP ID:
An ng-eNB-DU UE W1AP ID shall be allocated so as to uniquely identify the UE over the W1 interface within an ng-eNB-DU. When an ng-eNB-CU receives an ng-eNB-DU UE W1AP ID it shall store it for the duration of the UE-associated logical W1-connection for this UE. The ng-eNB-DU UE W1AP ID shall be unique within the ng-eNB-DU logical node.
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6.2.2  gNB-DU IDWord‑p. 18
The gNB-DU ID is configured at the gNB-DU and used to uniquely identify the gNB-DU at least within a gNB-CU. The gNB-DU provides its gNB-DU ID to the gNB-CU during the F1 Setup procedure. The gNB-DU ID is used only within F1AP procedures.

6.2.3  ng-eNB-DU ID |R16|

The ng-eNB-DU ID is configured at the ng-eNB-DU and used to uniquely identify the ng-eNB-DU at least within an ng-eNB-CU. The ng-eNB-DU provides its ng-eNB-DU ID to the ng-eNB-CU during the W1 Setup procedure. The ng-eNB-DU ID is used only within W1AP procedures.

6.2.4  gNB-CU-UP ID |R16|

The gNB-CU-UP ID is configured at the gNB-CU-CP and used to uniquely identify the gNB-CU-UP at least within a gNB-CU-CP. The gNB-CU-UP provides its gNB-CU-UP ID to the gNB-CU-CP during the E1 Setup procedure. The gNB-CP-UP ID is used only within E1AP procedures.

6.3  Transport addresses

The transport layer address parameter is transported in the radio network application signalling procedures that result in establishment of transport bearer connections.
The transport layer address parameter shall not be interpreted in the radio network application protocols and reveal the addressing format used in the transport layer.
The formats of the transport layer addresses are further described in TS 38.414, TS 38.424 and TS 38.474.
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6.4  UE associations in NG-RAN Node

There are several types of UE associations needed in the NG-RAN node: the "NG-RAN node UE context" used to store all information needed for a UE and the associations between the UE and the logical NG and Xn connections used for NG/XnAP UE associated messages. An "NG-RAN node UE context" exists for a UE in CM_CONNECTED.
Definitions:
NG-RAN node UE context:
An NG-RAN node UE context is a block of information in an NG-RAN node associated to one UE. The block of information contains the necessary information required to maintain the NG-RAN services towards the active UE. An NG-RAN node UE context is established when the transition to RRC CONNECTED for a UE is completed or in the target NG-RAN node after completion of handover resource allocation during handover preparation, in which case at least UE state information, security information, UE capability information and the identities of the UE-associated logical NG-connection shall be included in the NG-RAN node UE context.
For Dual Connectivity an NG-RAN node UE context is also established in the S-NG-RAN node after completion of S-NG-RAN node Addition Preparation procedure.
If radio bearers are requested to be setup during a UE Context setup or modification procedure, the UE capabilities are signalled to the receiving node as part of the UE context setup or modification procedures.
Bearer context:
A bearer context is a block of information in a gNB-CU-UP node associated to one UE that is used for the sake of communication over the E1 interface. It may include the information about data radio bearers, PDU sessions and QoS-flows associated to the UE. The block of information contains the necessary information required to maintain user-plane services toward the UE.
UE-associated logical NG/Xn/F1/E1 -connection:
NGAP, XnAP, F1AP and E1AP provide means to exchange control plane messages associated with the UE over the respectively NG-C, Xn-C, F1-C or E1 interface.
A UE-associated logical connection is established during the first NGAP/XnAP/F1AP message exchange between the NG/Xn/F1 peer nodes.
The connection is maintained as long as UE associated NG/XnAP/F1AP messages need to be exchanged over the NG/Xn/F1 interface.
The UE-associated logical NG-connection uses the identities AMF UE NGAP ID and RAN UE NGAP ID.
The UE-associated logical Xn-connection uses the identities Old NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID and New NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID, or M-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID and S-NG-RAN node UE XnAP ID.
The UE-associated logical F1-connection uses the identities gNB-CU UE F1AP ID and gNB-DU UE F1AP ID.
The UE-associated logical E1-connection uses the identities gNB-CU-CP UE E1AP ID and gNB-CU-UP UE E1AP ID.
When a node (AMF or gNB) receives a UE associated NGAP/XnAP/F1AP/E1AP message the node retrieves the associated UE based on the NGAP/XnAP/F1AP/E1AP ID.
UE-associated signalling:
UE-associated signalling is an exchange of NGAP/XnAP/F1AP/E1AP messages associated with one UE over the UE-associated logical NG/Xn/F1/E1-connection.
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