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Content for  TS 38.413  Word version:  16.3.0

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4  GeneralWord‑p. 21

4.1  Procedure Specification Principles

The principle for specifying the procedure logic is to specify the functional behaviour of the terminating node exactly and completely. Any rule that specifies the behaviour of the originating node shall be possible to be verified with information that is visible within the system.
The following specification principles have been applied for the procedure text in clause 8:
  • The procedure text discriminates between:
    1. Functionality which "shall" be executed
      The procedure text indicates that the receiving node "shall" perform a certain function Y under a certain condition. If the receiving node supports procedure X but cannot perform functionality Y requested in the REQUEST message of a Class 1 EP, the receiving node shall respond with the message used to report unsuccessful outcome for this procedure, containing an appropriate cause value.
    2. Functionality which "shall, if supported" be executed
      The procedure text indicates that the receiving node "shall, if supported," perform a certain function Y under a certain condition. If the receiving node supports procedure X, but does not support functionality Y, the receiving node shall proceed with the execution of the EP, possibly informing the requesting node about the not supported functionality.
  • Any required inclusion of an optional IE in a response message is explicitly indicated in the procedure text. If the procedure text does not explicitly indicate that an optional IE shall be included in a response message, the optional IE shall not be included. For requirements on including Criticality Diagnostics IE, see clause 10.
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4.2  Forwards and Backwards Compatibility

The forwards and backwards compatibility of the protocol is assured by mechanism where all current and future messages, and IEs or groups of related IEs, include ID and criticality fields that are coded in a standard format that will not be changed in the future. These parts can always be decoded regardless of the standard version.

4.3  Specification Notations

For the purposes of the present document, the following notations apply:
Procedure
When referring to an elementary procedure in the specification the Procedure Name is written with the first letters in each word in upper case characters followed by the word "procedure", e.g., Procedure Name procedure.
Message
When referring to a message in the specification the MESSAGE NAME is written with all letters in upper case characters followed by the word "message", e.g., MESSAGE NAME message.
IE
When referring to an information element (IE) in the specification the Information Element Name is written with the first letters in each word in upper case characters and all letters in Italic font followed by the abbreviation "IE", e.g., Information Element IE.
Value of an IE
When referring to the value of an information element (IE) in the specification the "Value" is written as it is specified in subclause 9.2 enclosed by quotation marks, e.g., "Value".
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5  NGAP Services

NGAP provides the signalling service between the NG-RAN node and the AMF that is required to fulfil the NGAP functions described in TS 38.410. NGAP services are divided into two groups:
Non UE-associated services: They are related to the whole NG interface instance between the NG-RAN node and AMF utilising a non UE-associated signalling connection.
UE-associated services: They are related to one UE. NGAP functions that provide these services are associated with a UE-associated signalling connection that is maintained for the UE in question.
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6  Services Expected from Signalling TransportWord‑p. 22
The signalling connection shall provide in sequence delivery of NGAP messages. NGAP shall be notified if the signalling connection breaks.

7  Functions of NGAP

The functions of NGAP are described in TS 38.410.

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