Take a look at the picture below. It shows you the architecture of 4G LTE. a.k.a Evolved Packet System (EPS).
In order to enable "MOBILITY" you need to provide Signalling connection available to the UE even when it is mobile anywhere in the network.
MOBILITY is possible by having a signaling connection to the UE, so that it can be tracked by the network either at eNodeB level or Tracking area level.
In order to have signaling connection available to the UE, there needs to be CONNECTION MANAGEMENT.
In signaling context CONNECTION MANAGEMENT means that signaling connection exists between UE and the Network even if the UE is Mobile .
Based on these two aspects. There are two states defined for MOBILITY MANAGEMENT and CONNECTION MANAGEMENT in EPS.
EMM states are maintained by higher layers between MME and UE to make sure:
Based on the two bullet points discussed above. There are two main EMM states
The UE is in EMM DEREGISTERED state when it is switched on. At that time MME does not have knowledge of UE at cell or tracking area level as UE is not registered yet.
In this state UE cannot be paged and it cannot have any data traffic etc. because there are no user planes established in this state.
When UE is powered on, it tries to perform UE Attach procedure and move into EMM REGISTERED whenever possible.
UE can move into EMM-REGISTERED state by completing Tracking Area Update or after a successful handover or Attach procedure.
Deactivating all PDN connections causes the UE to move back to EMM-DEREGISTERED state.
UE can always make a transition from EMM-REGISTERED state to EMM-DEREGISTERED state by completing the Detach procedure or by having a Tracking area update rejected.
ECM states are maintained by higher layers (NAS layer) between UE and MME.
These ECM states determine the signalling connectivity between UE and Core Network. Based on the signaling and connectivity availability, the following ECM states are defined.
There are two ECM states:
UE can perform the following procedures in ECM Idle.
UE enters ECM connected state after signalling connection has been established between UE and MME.
From UE perspective this signaling connection means RRC connection between UE and eNodeB.
From MME perspective this signaling connection means establishing S1 signaling connection between eNodeB and MME.
The following procedures result in transition from ECM Idle to ECM Connected
As said earlier both MOBILITY and SIGNALING states are very important. Therefore in order to summarize, we can represent both Mobility Management and Signaling Connection Establishment States together in one diagram as shown below.
As an example, both the states of ECM and EMM are represented as an example in this diagram below.
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