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Wireless Device Configuration (OTASP/OTAPA) via ACAP (RFC2604)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003191D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 24 page(s) / 61K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Gellens: AUTHOR

Abstract

Wireless carriers today are faced with creating more efficient distribution channels, increasing customer satisfaction, while also improving margin and profitability. Industry trends are pushing the sale of handsets further into the retail channel. The cost and effort of provisioning handsets, activating users, and updating handset parameters can be greatly reduced by using over-the-air activation mechanisms. A comprehensive and extensible means for over-the-air provisioning and handset parameter updating is required.

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Network Working Group R. Gellens

Request for Comments: 2604 Qualcomm

Category: Informational June 1999

Wireless Device Configuration (OTASP/OTAPA) via ACAP

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

Wireless carriers today are faced with creating more efficient

distribution channels, increasing customer satisfaction, while also

improving margin and profitability. Industry trends are pushing the

sale of handsets further into the retail channel. The cost and

effort of provisioning handsets, activating users, and updating

handset parameters can be greatly reduced by using over-the-air

activation mechanisms. A comprehensive and extensible means for

over-the-air provisioning and handset parameter updating is required.

One approach is to purchase EIA/TIA/IS-683A (Over-the-air Service

Provisioning of Mobile Stations in Spread Spectrum Systems)

equipment. The cost of this has led carriers to seek alternative

solutions. A very viable means for providing over-the-air (OTA)

provisioning is to leverage the rollout of IS-707 data services

equipment, which most carriers are in the process of deploying. This

paper presents an approach to OTA provisioning that utilizes the

deployment of IS-707 to deliver OTA provisioning and parameter

upgrading.

IS-707 data services makes available several methods of providing

over-the-air provisioning and parameter updating. A well thought-out

approach utilizing Internet-based open standard mechanisms can

provide an extensible platform for further carrier service offerings,

enhanced interoperability among back-end services, and vendor

independence.

This paper describes a viable and attractive means to provide

OTASP/OTAPA via IS-707, using the ACAP [ACAP] protocol.

Table of Contents

1. Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

2. Feature Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2.1. OTASP Feature Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2.2. OTAPA Feature Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

3. Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

3.1. Initial Provisioning Activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

3.2. OTASP for Authorized Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

3.3. OTAPA Activity . . ....