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What is meant by protocol discriminator.

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What is meant by protocol discriminator.
posted Jun 1, 2017 by Uday Kiran

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In LTE signaling, Protocol Discriminator is used at NAS layer to communicate the category of messages such as "EPS mobility management messages", "EPS session management messages". These types of message categories contains list of messages such as "attach request" under the category of "EPS mobility management" and similarly "PDN connectivity request" message under the category of "EPS Session management".
This is one way to manage different kinds of messages by using grouping (using Protocol discriminator).
Under each category (EPS Mobility management/EPS Session Management) at max 64 messages can be listed since two left most bit is used to represent the category of messages. 0 1 is for EPS mobility management and 1 1 is for EPS session management and remaining 6 bits will be used for messages under each group.

answer Jun 1, 2017 by Harshita
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Asked the same on LTE University, just repeating the same here.

I was wondering if you can help me with this issue: I don't understand why the Attach Complete and other NAS messages contain more than 1 Protocol Discriminator IEs and more than 1 Security header type IEs. Are these IEs correlated with the following ESM message container or what could it be the cause?

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