Mobile technologies GSM

Overview

The technology behind the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM™) uses Gaussian Minimum Shift Keying (GMSK) modulation a variant of Phase Shift Keying (PSK) with Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) signalling over Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) carriers. The physical layer is specified in TS 45.001 on the 3GPPTM website and the logical channels in TS 45.002 on the 3GPP website. The modulation is specified in TS 45.004 on the 3GPP website.

Although originally designed for operation in the 900 MHz band, it was soon adapted for 1800 MHz. The introduction of GSM into North America meant further adaptation to the 800 and 1900 MHz bands. Over the years, the versatility of GSM has resulted in the specifications being adapted to many more frequency bands to meet niche markets. A full list can be found in TS 45.005 on the 3GPP website.

GSM was designed principally for voice telephony, but a range of bearer services was defined (a subset of those available for fixed line Integrated Services Digital Networks, ISDN), allowing circuit-switched data connections at up to 9600 bits/s. At the time of the original system design, this rate compared favourably to those available over fixed connections. However, with the passage of time, fixed connection data rates increased dramatically. The GSM channel structure and modulation technique did not permit faster rates, and thus the High Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD) service was introduced in the GSM Phase 2+.

In the course of the next few years, the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) was developed to allow aggregation of several carriers for higher speed, packet-switched applications such as always-on internet access. The first commercial GPRS offerings were introduced in the early 2000s.

Meanwhile, investigations had been continuing with a view to increasing the intrinsic bit rate of the GSM technology via novel modulation techniques. This resulted in Enhanced Data-rates for Global Evolution (EDGE), which offers an almost three-fold data rate increase in the same bandwidth.

The combination of GPRS and EDGE brings system capabilities into the range covered by the International Telecommunication Unions IMT-2000 (third generation) concept, and some manufacturers and network operators consider the EDGE networks to offer third generation services.

GSM radio technology is specified in the TS 45.-series specifications on the 3GPP website. The overall GSM network architecture is described in TS 23.002 on the 3GPP website and a complete list of Technical Specifications for GSM systems is given in TS 41.101 on the 3GPP website.

Standards

The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on GSM.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 151 010-1 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Mobile Station (MS) conformance specification; Part 1: Conformance specification (3GPP TS 51.010-1 version 13.5.0 Release 13)
TS 101 220 Smart Cards; ETSI numbering system for telecommunication application providers (Release 10)
TS 101 220 Smart Cards; ETSI numbering system for telecommunication application providers (Release 11)
TS 102 576 Radio access network equipment specification; Mobile Communication On Board Aircraft (MCOBA) systems; Operational requirements and methodology for showing conformance
TS 123 003 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Numbering, addressing and identification (3GPP TS 23.003 version 14.5.0 Release 14)
TS 123 008 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Organization of subscriber data (3GPP TS 23.008 version 14.3.0 Release 14)
TS 122 368 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Service requirements for Machine-Type Communications (MTC); Stage 1 (3GPP TS 22.368 version 14.0.1 Release 14)
TR 123 975 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IPv6 migration guidelines (3GPP TR 23.975 version 14.1.0 Release 14)
TS 123 060 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); General Packet Radio Service (GPRS); Service description; Stage 2 (3GPP TS 23.060 version 14.5.0 Release 14)
TS 123 203 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Policy and charging control architecture (3GPP TS 23.203 version 14.5.0 Release 14)
TS 123 228 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS); Stage 2 (3GPP TS 23.228 version 14.5.0 Release 14)
TS 123 272 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Circuit Switched (CS) fallback in Evolved Packet System (EPS); Stage 2 (3GPP TS 23.272 version 13.5.0 Release 13)
TS 123 272 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Circuit Switched (CS) fallback in Evolved Packet System (EPS); Stage 2 (3GPP TS 23.272 version 14.1.0 Release 14)
TS 123 682 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Architecture enhancements to facilitate communications with packet data networks and applications (3GPP TS 23.682 version 14.5.0 Release 14)
TS 123 034 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD); Stage 2 (3GPP TS 23.034 version 12.1.0 Release 12)
TS 123 034 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD); Stage 2 (3GPP TS 23.034 version 13.1.0 Release 13)
TS 123 034 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD); Stage 2 (3GPP TS 23.034 version 14.1.0 Release 14)
TS 123 003 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Numbering, addressing and identification (3GPP TS 23.003 version 13.10.0 Release 13)
TS 137 104 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE; Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS) radio transmission and reception (3GPP TS 37.104 version 13.7.0 Release 13)
TS 137 104 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE; Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS) radio transmission and reception (3GPP TS 37.104 version 14.5.0 Release 14)