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Isn’t IPsec encryption a mechanism which each subscriber may decide to use (or not) between the UE and its peer?

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Will the encryption of traffic between eNB and LTE core network be implemented in LTE networks? Will cellular operators apply IPsec encryption over communication links between LTE eNodeB and SAE Gateway or LTE core network?
Isn’t IPsec encryption a mechanism which each subscriber may decide to use (or not) between the UE and its peer?

posted Jun 20, 2014 by Yogeshwar Thakur

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IPsec is optionally used between eNodeB (especially running on unsecured backhaul, e.g. Femto etc) and EPC for security purposes and to prevent any attack on the EPC nodes.

Although the eNB and SGW/MME in the EPC network may support an IPSec tunnel, typically IPSec Gateway element is introduced, in which case the IPSec tunnels from eNodeB terminate at IPSec Gateway. This resolves the scalability issue as the number of tunnels are likely to be large and also will help in not loading the EPC nodes with IPSec processing. Typically three subtunnels are established, which are S1-MME, S1-U, and O&M traffic.

Lastly I think IPSec is not used between UE and it's Peer UE. In fact most of the UEs available today don't support IPSec.

answer Jun 22, 2014 by Cellularsme .
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