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Diameter Credit-Control message (Gy): Final Unit Indication and Result Code

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I'm doing some integration toward Gy client (PCEF), and encountered an unclear area. I'm not sure if it is unclear in RFC 4006 or the 3GPP TS32.299 or both.

Scenario: A user logs on. The user has no credit left for a rating-group 42.

CCR-initial and CCA-initial:
Nothing interesting. In Gy it is typically just "empty" requests for the purpose of registering the user session.

The user then attempts to use rating-group 32:

CCR-update:

 Multiple-Services-Credit-Control {
 Rating-Group = 42
 Requested-Service-Unit {
 }
 }

to which the OCS (Gy server) would normally respond:

CCA-update:

 Result-Code = 2001 (success)
 Multiple-Services-Credit-Control {
 Rating-Group = 42
 Result-Code = 4012 (credit-limit-reached)
 Final-Unit-Indication {
 ...
 }
 }

However, the Gy specification says that a zero-grant is needed, which to me sounds a bit odd, but nevertheless:

Result-Code = 2001 (success)
 Multiple-Services-Credit-Control {
 Rating-Group = 42
 Result-Code = 4012 (credit-limit-reached)
 Granted-Service-Unit {
 CC-Total-Octets = 0
 }
 Final-Unit-Indication {
 ...
 }
 }

Now, the Gy client vendor says that the result-code inside the MSCC must be 2001 (success). It sort of makes sense because there is a grant.

But that made me wonder: In which case would result-code=4012 make sense? Is it just 3GPP who has "mangled" diameter-credit-control in the Gy application?

posted Oct 7, 2013 by Bob Wise

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