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EPS to EPC A key feature of the EPS is the separation of the network entity that performs control-plane functionality (MME) from the netwo...

EPS to EPC

EPS to EPC

A key feature of the EPS is the separation of the network entity that performs control-plane functionality (MME) from the network entity that performs bearer-plane functionality (SGW) with a well defined open interface between them (S11). Since E-UTRAN will provide higher bandwidths to enable new services as well as to improve existing ones, separation of MME from SGW implies that SGW can be based on a platform optimized for high bandwidth packet processing, where as the MME is based on a platform optimized for signaling transactions.

This enables selection of more cost-effective platforms for, as well as independent scaling
of, each of these two elements. Service providers can also choose optimized topological locations of SGWs within the network independent of the locations of MMEs in order to optimize bandwidth reduce latencies and avoid concentrated points of failure.

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