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LTE : How does User inactivity timer help to improve system performance ?

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Does the user inactivity timer use to just save radio resource or any other benefit of it ?

posted May 24, 2014 by Neeraj Mishra

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Of course, inactivity timer helps to improve system as well as UE performance.
There is a concept drx i.e. discontinuous reception cycle which is configured by eNodeB for an UE. By using drx, battery life can be saved for an UE.

There is another concept "User inactivity" which is being used to detect inactivity of UE at the eNodeB. I mean to say neither data is coming from UE nor data is going through eNdoeB. In that situation, keeping UE Context and some resource reservation is worthless. To achieve better resource management, an eNodeB may runs a timer (user inactivity timer) . Once the timer gets expired, eNodeB indicates to MME using "Ue Context Release Request" with cause "user inactivity" . MME initiates S1-U bearer release procedure and responds to eNodeB using UE Context Release Command message.

When eNodeB receives "UE Context Release Command" message from MME, it initiates RRC Connection Release procedure for that UE.

answer May 25, 2014 by Vimal Kumar Mishra
Hi, we got a scenario where eNB sent the Context Release message to MME due to user inactivity but at the same time MME sent CS Notification for Paging to eNB, in this case as eNB already sent the release message to MME so MME sent back to MSC UE Unreachable message in SGsAP - hence it was MT called failed. how can this be avoided
If eNodeB has already initiated UE context release towards MME, it should not send CS Fallback indicator within the UE Context Modification Request rather MME should send paging message to eNodeB. It should work, please check MME and eNodeB logs for the same.
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