Method and apparatus for releasing connection with local GW when UE moves out of the residential/enterprise network coverage

  • US 10,098,049 B2
  • Filed: 02/26/2016
  • Issued: 10/09/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/28/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method in a core network communicatively connected with a first radio access network (RAN) comprising a first network element, and a second RAN comprising a second network element, comprising:

  • receiving, by a mobility management node in the core network, a first Non Access Stratum (NAS) message via the second network element from a User Equipment (UE), wherein the UE has, with the first network element, one or more packet data network (PDN) connections;

    detecting, by the mobility management node, that the UE is connected to the second network element that is different from the first network element that has a first identifying characteristic, wherein the detecting comprises determining that the first NAS message is received with a second identifying characteristic of the second network element different from the first identifying characteristic associated with the one or more PDN connections, the first identifying characteristic stored at the mobility management node; and

    in response to the determining that the first NAS message is received with the second identifying characteristic of the second network element different from the first identifying characteristic;

    determining that the UE has only one or more selected IP traffic offload (SIPTO) PDN connections;

    in response to determining that the UE has only one or more SIPTO PDN connections, sending, by the mobility management node, a second NAS message including a cause code with a value that represents “

    No EPS Bearer Context Activated”

    .

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