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Is there any possibility of sending echo request (GTPC) with the sequence number as zero?

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Section 5.3/29.274
" The GTPv2-C message header for the Echo Request, Echo Response and Version Not Supported Indication messages
shall not contain the TEID field, but shall contain the Sequence Number fields, followed by one spare octet as depicted
in figure 5.3-1"

Now my question - Is there any possibility of sending echo request with the sequence number as zero?

posted Jul 4, 2016 by anonymous

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As per my knowledge, sequence number is used to track re-transmission and to detect link failure in case expected response message is not received. Since this is used to track re-transmission it should be non-zero number.

answer Jul 5, 2016 by Harshita
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