1 Scope

22.1293GPPHandover requirements between UTRAN and GERAN or other radio systemsRelease 17Service aspectsTS

The scope of this document includes service requirements for handover maintaining continuity of service to a wireless terminal as it moves between the radio coverage area, or "cells", associated with different base station sites. This functionality is called "handover". Handover can also occur due to change of radio resource providing a service without necessarily any change of the base stations involved. In particular, when the radio resources providing a service change from one of the UTRA radio access modes to the other (UTRA-FDD and UTRA-TDD), this is regarded as handover. Particular emphasis has been placed on the description of requirements for service continuity within UTRAN and between UTRAN and GERAN.

It is a key requirement to allow for dual or multi-mode terminals to handover traffic from UTRAN to GERAN and vice versa. This document describes the service requirements for intra- and inter- system handover.

The following subject areas are within the scope of these service requirements:

– User perceived performance that may be influenced by handover;

– Operational requirements relating to handover;

– Security requirements.

The requirements set forth in this document are service requirements, in that they fulfil the following:

– The requirements are independent of the implementation of the UTRAN;

– The extent to which the requirements are met are in principle verifiable using observables that are not internal to the UTRAN.

1.1 Situations in which Service Requirements apply

The service requirements in this document are as far as possible independent of the implementation. They therefore apply to situations where handover would occur regardless of how the radio access network is implemented. Situations envisaged are:

– Handover within UTRAN due to change of radio resource caused by UE movement between areas covered by different transmitters;

– Handover within UTRAN due to change of UTRA radio access mode;

– Handover due to change of radio system.

It is possible that handover (i.e. change of radio resource) will occur in other situations, for example the technical implementation of the UTRAN may necessitate it or O&M procedures initiated by the operator may force it. Requirements for these situations are not within the scope of this document, with the exception of two remarks:

– Where the technical implementation of the UTRAN necessitates handover as a matter of normal operation (i.e. not related to the above situations), then services shall in no way be degraded or adversely affected;

– The service requirements for handover occurring in situations such as O&M activity are outside the scope of this document.