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Wireless Device Configuration (OTASP/OTAPA) via ACAP (RFC2636)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003224D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-12
Document File: 30 page(s) / 65K

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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: 2636                                    Qualcomm

Obsoletes: 2604                                              July 1999

Category: Informational

          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.

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RFC 2636                  OTASP/OTAPA via ACAP                 July 1999

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  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

   4.  Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9

     4.1.  General Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9

     4.2.  OTASP Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

     4.3.  OTAPA Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10

     4.4.  Provisioning Server Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

     4.5.  Security Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11

   5.  Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11...