General Packet Radio Service (GPRS): Architecture, interfaces, and deployment

Yi-Bing Lin*, Herman C.H. Rao, Imrich Chlamtac

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article provides an overview of General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). GPRS reuses the existing GSM infrastructure to provide end-to-end packet-switched services. Benefits of GPRS include efficient radio usage, fast set-up/access time and high bandwidth with multiple timeslots. GPRS also provides a smooth path for GSM evolution to the third generation mobile network. Specifically, a third generation network can continue to utilize the GPRS IP backbone network. We describe the GPRS network nodes and the interfaces among these nodes. Deployment issues for GPRS are also elaborated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalWireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • GPRS tunneling protocol
  • GSM
  • Gateway GPRS support node
  • General packet radio service
  • Packet control unit
  • Serving GPRS support node

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