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Dual connectivity: split bearer related

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I guess the EN-DC Dual connectivity concept comes LTE Advanced. But since I am not aware of radio side of LTE, I have a basic question regarding the uplink path.

Lets consider the MN terminated split bearer, I understand that the downlink PDCP data gets split into MeNB and SeNB. But whatabout the uplink from UE, will it come in both ways, from MeNB and SeNB and gets combined at PDCP in MeNB ? Not gone in detail in spec. Could some LTE or 5G RAN people help me with this information..

posted Nov 15 by Pdk

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From 3gpp spec 36423 v 15.3.0, In the message, defined in section 9.1.3.1 "SENB ADDITION REQUEST", under the
IE "E-RABs To Be Added List", and again under "Split Bearer", we can see the IE, "MeNB GTP Tunnel Endpoint".
In the description of this IE it says, "MeNB endpoint of the X2 transport bearer. For delivery of UL PDUs."
So from this message it looks like only "MeNB terminated split bearer" can be configured.
Is this correct ?
Also, this endpoint is for the SeNB to send the UL PDUs of the "MeNB split bearer" back to
MeNB ?
@Harshita or Jagan, could you give your thoughts on this please ?

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Hi,

yes , UL is possible in Dual connectivity . But it is least bothered as most data flows in DL. Those tunneling pint is used to transfer status of the DL data as well as UL data from UE.

answer Nov 19 by Jaganathan
Thanks a lot Jagan for the reply.

I am trying to  map the GTP tunnel ids in the X2AP specs (36423 v 15.3.0) to the E1AP specs. If you see in the message "SENB ADDITION REQUEST", the E-RABs To Be Added List
>E-RABs To Be Added Item
>>CHOICE Bearer Option
>>>SCG Bearer
>>>>E-RAB ID
>>>>E-RAB Level QoS Parameters
>>>>DL Forwarding
>>>>S1 UL GTP Tunnel Endpoint

The "S1 UL GTP Tunnel Endpoint" is for the SCG bearers and is transparently passed in the "9.2.2.1    BEARER CONTEXT SETUP REQUEST" as part of the E1 message.
CHOICE System
>E-UTRAN
>>DRB To Setup List
>>>DRB To Setup Item
>>>>DRB ID
>>>>PDCP Configuration
>>>>E-UTRAN QoS
>>>>S1 UL UP Transport Layer Information

But whatabout the IE,
>>>Split Bearer
>>>>E-RAB ID
>>>>E-RAB Level QoS Parameters
>>>>MeNB GTP Tunnel Endpoint
which is there in the X2AP message (SENB ADDITION REQUEST", the E-RABs To Be Added List) , But how is that mapped to E1AP ?
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