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GSM System information messages

This page covers GSM System information messages which


include SI1,SI2,SI3,SI4,SI5,SI6,SI7,SI8,SI9 and SI13 transmitted
on BCCH/SACCH.
System information messages are transmitted on either BCCH
normal or BCCH extended or on SACCH.
SI messages are transmitted in TC=0 to 7 in a cyclic order
repeating every eight TCs of the 51 frame multi frame. TC is the
sequence number of the 51 frame MF.
SI1 to SI4 - Transmitted on BCCH
SI5 SI6 - associated with SACCH
SI7 SI8 -BCCH Extended
SI-2quater and SI13 - BCCH Normal or BCCH extended
GSM système SI description
information message
type
System information- Cell ARFCN, RACH parameters required to access the system
1(SI1) by MS and hopping related information are sent in this SI
message.
System information- Neighbour BCCH frequencies and PLMN information are sent
2(SI2) in this SI. MS uses these frequencies for signal strength
measurements required for handover.
System information- RACH control and BCCH extension on neighbor cells
2bis(SI-2bis

System information- Information of BCCH extended allocated on which neighbor


2ter(SI-2ter) cells are provided in this SI. Broadcasted optionally on BCCH
by the network to all the MSs.
System information-2 3G neighbor cell related information
Quarter (SI-2Quater)
System Carry following : 1. LAI of the current location area, 2. Cell
information-3 identity, 3. Control channel information required to
(SI3) calculate paging group, 4. Cell options to achieve good
performance in the cell, 5. cell selection parameters
required by MS.
System CBCH and CBCH related frequency information, LAI, Cell
information-4 (SI4) selection parameters and RACH control information are carried
by this SI4 message.
System It carries neighbor cell informations. In active mode, MS sends
information-5 (SI5) measurement reports in the uplink and output power/timing
advance information in the downlink (on SACCH). Also gets
BCCH carrier related information of the neighbor cells.

System Information on LAI, cell options, Cell identity and PLMN


information-6 (SI6) permitted or not is transmitted on this SI.

System Cell re-selection parameters needed by MS are sent on this SI.


information-7 (SI7)

System Cell re-selection parameters needed by MS are sent on this SI.


information-(SI8)
System information-9 Scheduling related some of the informations are sent on
(SI9) this SI.
System information- Carry GPRS related information needed for PS call.
13 (SI13)

This table on system information messages in gsm is useful to


analyze gsm UE related issues. In case of any issues related to
SIs mentioned above, following need to be observed.
• First it need to be checked which SIs are transmitted by BS
and the same have been received by UE or not.
• After this, it has to be checked whether the SIs are decoded
correctly without any RF or physical layer (i.e. lower layer)
issues.
SYSTÈME D’INFORMATION STRUCTURE3G

The system information elements are broadcast in system information


blocks. A syste information block groups together system information
elements of the same nature. Different system information blocks may
have different characteristics, e.g. regarding their repetition rate and the
requirements on UEs to re-read the system information blocks .
The system information is organised as a tree. A master information
block gives references and scheduling information to a number of
system information blocks in a cell. The system information blocks
contain the actual system information. The master information block
may optionally also contain reference and scheduling information to
one, two or three scheduling blocks, which give references and
scheduling information for additional system information blocks.
Scheduling information for a system information block may only be
included in either the master information block or one of the scheduling
blocks.
The UE reads the système information on the BCCH when the
following evennts occur:
UE is powered up
UE changes cell in idle mode or in a state CELL_FACH
UE is informed of a change of system information, when the UE
is an idle mode
Or state CELL_FACH,
 UE moves from dedicated mode to common mode
Timer expires for SIBs
System Area UE UE Schedulin Modificati Addition
informati Scop mode/state mode/state g on al
on e when block when block Informati of system comment
block is is read on Informati
Valid on
Master Cell Idle mode, Idle mode, SIB_POS = Value tag See
informatio CELL_FACH, CELL_FACH, 0 Note5
n CELL_PCH, CELL_PCH, SIB_REP =
Block URA_PCH, URA_PCH, 8 (FDD)
CELL_DCH CELL_DCH SIB_REP =
(TDD only) (TDD only) 8, 16,
32 (TDD)
SIB_OFF=2
NOTE 5: For FDD UEs supporting the Neighbour Cell SI acquisition
capability, the UE can read the System Information Block type 3 and the
Master Information Block of a neighbouring cell when in CELL_DCH state.
A fixed predefined repetition rate equal to 80 ms The SIBs contain
all information necessary for Ues to wor property in both idle and
connected mode
Each SIB contains different kinds of information
Each SIB has its own repetition period (sibx Rep Period)The MIB
has
SIB CONTENT
SIB1 The system information block type 1 contains NAS system
information as well as UE timers and counters to be used in idle
mode and in connected mode
SIB2 The system information block type 2 contains the URA identity.
SIB3 The system information block type 3 contains parameters for cell
selection and re-selection.
SIB4 The system information block type 4 contains parameters for cell
selection and re-selection to be used in connected mode.
SIB5 The system information block type 5 contains parameters for the
configuration of the common physical channels in the cell.
SIB6 The system information block type 6 contains parameters for the
configuration of the common and shared physical channels to be
used in connected mode.
SIB7 The system information block type 7 contains the fast changing
parameters UL interference and Dynamic persistence level
SIB8 The system information block type 8 contains static CPCH
information to be used in the cell.
SIB9 The system information block type 9 contains CPCH information to be used
in the cell.
SIB10 The system information block type 10 contains information to be used by
UEs having their DCH controlled by a DRAC procedure.
SIB11 The system information block type 11 contains measurement control
information to be used in the cell.
SIB12 The system information block type 12 contains measurement control
information to be used in connected mode.
SIB13 The system information block type 13 contains ANSI-41 system information.

SIB14 Only for TDD


SIB15 The system information block type 15 contains information useful for UE-
based or UE-assisted positioning methods.
SIB16 The system information block type 16 contains radio bearer, transport
channel and physical channel parameters to be stored by UE in
idle and connected mode for use during handover to UTRAN.
SIB17 Only for TDD

SIB18 The System Information Block type 18 contains PLMN identities of


neighbouring cells to be considered in idle mode as well as in
connected mode.
A generic SYSTEM INFORMATION message and SYSTEM
INFORMATION 2 message is used to convey the system information
blocks on the BCCH. The SYSTEM INFORMATION message is sent on
BCH mapped on PCCPCH, and SYSTEM INFORMATION 2 message is
sent on BCH mapped on SCCPCH (second system information broadcast
channel). A given BCCH may be mapped onto a BCH transport channel
according to subclause 8.1.1.1.2. The size ofthe SYSTEM
INFORMATION message, and also the size of SYSTEM
INFORMATION 2 message, shall fit the size of a BCH transport block.
Four different segment types are defined:
First segment;
Subsequent segment;
Last segment;
Complete
The RRC layer in the UE shall perform re-assembly of segments. All segments
belonging to the same master information block, scheduling block or system
information block shall be assembled in ascending order with respect to the
segment index. When all segments of the master information block, scheduling
block or a system information block have been received, the UE shall perform
decoding of the complete master information block, scheduling block or system
information block. For System Information Block types 15.2, 15.3 and 16,
which may have multiple occurrences, each occurrence shall be re-assembled
independently.
The UE shall discard system information blocks of which segments were
missing, of which segments were received out of sequence and/or for which
duplicate segments were received. The only valid sequence is an ascending one
with the sequence starting with the First Segment of the associated System
Information Block. Alternatively to the re-assembly in strict ascending order
without gaps and duplicates, the UE may also receive segments out of sequence
and duplicates, provided that any stored segments are discarded when the value
tag for that system information block type has changed. The UE is not required
to re-assemble segments received from different system information broadcast
channels (i.e. BCH on PCCPCH and BCH on SCCPCH).
The UE shall read SYSTEM INFORMATION messages and SYSTEM
INFORMATION 2 messages broadcast on a BCH transport channel in
idle mode and in the connected mode in states CELL_FACH,
CELL_PCH, URA_PCH and CELL_DCH (TDD only). In idle mode
and connected mode different combinations of system information
blocks are valid. The UE shall acquire the system information blocks
that are needed according to table 8.1.1. However, when the variable
READY_FOR_COMMON_EDCH is set to TRUE and IE "UL
interference for common E-DCH" is included in SIB 5/5bis, the UE
shall acquire the system information block 7 upon entering a new cell
and shall consider the content of the system information block 7 as
always valid and ingore any system information expiry timer.

The UE may store system information blocks with cell, PLMN or


Equivalent PLMN area scope (including their value tag if applicable)
for different cells and different PLMNs, to be used if the UE returns to
When selecting a new cell the UE shall consider all current system
information blocks with area scope cell to be invalid. If the UE has stored
valid system information blocks for the newly selected cell, the UE may set
those as current system information blocks.

After selecting a new cell and this cell broadcasts an IE "PLMN Identity" in
the MIB which is different from the IE "PLMN Identity" broadcast in the
MIB in the previously selected cell, the UE shall consider all current system
information blocks with area scope PLMN to be invalid. If the UE has
previously stored valid system information blocks for the selected cell of the
new PLMN, the UE may set those as current system information blocks.

When NAS informs AS about a new selected PLMN, the UE shall consider
all stored system information blocks with area scope Equivalent PLMN to be
invalid.