GPRS - Network Architecture GPRS makes use of existing GSM base stations Serving GPRS support node = packet switch with mobility management capabilities Gateway GSN = packet switch interworks with other networks Internet or other networks GGSN MSC/ VLR SGSN SGSN HLR BSC/PCU
This context is a set of parameters created for each session and contains the PDP type, such as IPv4, the PDP address assigned to the MS, the requested QoS parameters, and the GGSN address that serves the point of access to the PDN.
The PDN context is stored in the MS, the SGSN, and the GGSN.
A user may have several PDP contexts enabled at a time.
The PDP address may be statically or dynamically assigned (static address is most common).
The PDP context is used to route packets accordingly.