1. RFC 7445
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                           G. Chen
Request for Comments: 7445                                       H. Deng
Category: Informational                                     China Mobile
ISSN: 2070-1721                                               D. Michaud
                                                   Rogers Communications
                                                             J. Korhonen
                                                    Broadcom Corporation
                                                            M. Boucadair
                                                          France Telecom
                                                              March 2015

          Analysis of Failure Cases in IPv6 Roaming Scenarios


   This document identifies a set of failure cases that may be
   encountered by IPv6-enabled mobile customers in roaming scenarios.
   The analysis reveals that the failure causes include improper
   configurations, incomplete functionality support in equipment, and
   inconsistent IPv6 deployment strategies between the home and the
   visited networks.

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   published for informational purposes.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Background  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.1.  Roaming Architecture: An Overview . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       2.1.1.  Home Routed Mode  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       2.1.2.  Local Breakout Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.2.  Typical Roaming Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   3.  Failure Case in the Network Attachment  . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   4.  Failure Cases in the PDP/PDN Creation . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.1.  Case 1: Splitting Dual-Stack Bearer . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.2.  Case 2: IPv6 PDP/PDN Unsupported  . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.3.  Case 3: Inappropriate Roaming APN Set . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.4.  Case 4: Fallback Failure  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   5.  Failure Cases in the Service Requests . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.1.  Lack of IPv6 Support in Applications  . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.2.  464XLAT Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   6.  HLR/HSS User Profile Setting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   7.  Discussion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   Contributors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19

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1.  Introduction

   Many mobile operators have deployed IPv6, or are about to, in their
   operational networks.  A customer in such a network can be provided
   IPv6 connectivity if their User Equipment (UE) is IPv6 compliant.
   Operators may adopt various approaches to deploy IPv6 in mobile
   networks, such as the solutions described in [TR23.975].  Depending
   on network conditions, either dual-stack or IPv6-only deployment
   schemes can be enabled.

   A detailed overview of IPv6 support in 3GPP architectures is provided
   in [RFC6459].

   It has been observed and reported that a mobile subscriber roaming
   around a different operator's areas may experience service disruption
   due to inconsistent configurations and incomplete functionality of
   equipment in the network.  This document focuses on these issues.

1.1.  Terminology

   This document makes use of these terms:

   o  Mobile networks refer to 3GPP mobile networks.

   o  Mobile UE denotes a 3GPP device that can be connected to 3GPP
      mobile networks.

   o  The Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) is a network that is
      operated by a single administrative entity.  A PLMN (and therefore
      also an operator) is identified by the Mobile Country Code (MCC)
      and the Mobile Network Code (MNC).  Each (telecommunications)
      operator providing mobile services has its own PLMN [RFC6459].

   o  The Home Location Register (HLR) is a pre-Release 5 database (but
      is also used in real deployments of Release 5 and later) that
      contains subscriber data and information related to call routing.
      All subscribers of an operator and the subscribers' enabled
      services are provisioned in the HLR [RFC6459].

   o  The Home Subscriber Server (HSS) is a database for a given
      subscriber and was introduced in 3GPP Release 5.  It is the entity
      containing the subscription-related information to support the
      network entities actually handling calls/sessions [RFC6459].

   o  "HLR/HSS" is used collectively for the subscriber database unless
      referring to the failure case related to General Packet Radio
      Service (GPRS) Subscriber data from the HLR.

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   An overview of key 3GPP functional elements is documented in

   "Mobile device" and "mobile UE" are used interchangeably.

2.  Background

2.1.  Roaming Architecture: An Overview

   Roaming occurs in two scenarios:

   o  International roaming: a mobile UE enters a visited network
      operated by a different operator, where a different PLMN code is
      used.  The UEs could, either in an automatic mode or in a manual
      mode, attach to the visited PLMN.

   o  Intra-PLMN mobility: an operator may have one or multiple PLMN
      codes.  A mobile UE could pre-configure the codes to identify the
      Home PLMN (HPLMN) or Equivalent HPLMN (EHPLMN).  Intra-PLMN
      mobility allows the UE to move to a different area of HPLMN and
      EHPLMN.  When the subscriber profile is not stored in the visited
      area, HLR/HSS in the Home area will transmit the profile to the
      Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) / Mobility Management Entity
      (MME) in the visited area so as to complete network attachment.

   When a UE is turned on or is transferred via a handover to a visited
   network, the mobile device will scan all radio channels and find
   available PLMNs to attach to.  The SGSN or the MME in the visited
   networks must contact the HLR or HSS to retrieve the subscriber

   Steering of roaming may also be used by the HPLMN to further restrict
   which of the available networks the UE may be attached to.  Once the
   authentication and registration stage is completed, the Packet Data
   Protocol (PDP) or Packet Data Networks (PDN) activation and traffic
   flows may be operated differently according to the subscriber profile
   stored in the HLR or the HSS.

   The following subsections describe two roaming modes: Home-routed
   traffic (Section 2.1.1) and Local breakout (Section 2.1.2).

2.1.1.  Home Routed Mode

   In this mode, the subscriber's UE gets IP addresses from the home
   network.  All traffic belonging to that UE is therefore routed to the
   home network (Figure 1).

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   GPRS roaming exchange (GRX) or Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX)
   networks [IR.34] are likely to be invoked as the transit network to
   deliver the traffic.  This is the main mode for international roaming
   of Internet data services to facilitate the charging process between
   the two involved operators.

 +-----------------------------+            +------------------------+
 |Visited Network              |            |Home Network            |
 |  +----+        +----+---+   | (GRX/IPX)  |    +--------+ Traffic Flow
 |  | UE |=======>|SGSN/SGW|====================>|GGSN/PGW|============>
 |  +----+        +----+---+   |            |    +--------+          |
 |                |MME |       |            |                        |
 |                +----+       | Signaling  |    +--------+          |
 |                   |-------------------------->|HLR/HSS |          |
 |                             |            |    +--------+          |
 +-----------------------------+            +------------------------+

                       Figure 1: Home Routed Traffic

2.1.2.  Local Breakout Mode

   In the local breakout mode, IP addresses are assigned by the visited
   network to a roaming mobile UE.  Unlike the home routed mode, the
   traffic doesn't have to traverse GRX/IPX; it is offloaded locally at
   a network node close to that device's point of attachment in the
   visited network.  This mode ensures a more optimized forwarding path
   for the delivery of packets belonging to a visiting UE (Figure 2).

     +----------------------------+            +----------------+
     |Visited Network             |            |Home Network    |
     |  +----+        +--------+  | Signaling  |    +--------+  |
     |  | UE |=======>|SGSN/MME|------------------->|HLR/HSS |  |
     |  +----+        +---+----+  | (GRX/IPX)  |    +--------+  |
     |                |SGW|       |            |                |
     |                +---+       |            |                |
     |                  ||        |            |                |
     |              +--------+    |            |                |
     |              |GGSN/PGW|    |            |                |
     |              +--------+    |            |                |
     |    Traffic Flow  ||        |            |                |
     +------------------||--------+            +----------------+

                         Figure 2: Local Breakout

   The international roaming of services based on the IP Multimedia
   Subsystem (IMS), e.g., Voice over LTE (VoLTE)[IR.92], is claimed to
   select the local breakout mode in [IR.65].  Data service roaming

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   across different areas within an operator network might use local
   breakout mode in order to get more efficient traffic forwarding and
   also ease emergency services.  The local breakout mode could also be
   applied to an operator's alliance for international roaming of data

   EU Roaming Regulation III [EU-Roaming-III] involves local breakout
   mode allowing European subscribers roaming in European 2G/3G networks
   to have their Internet data routed directly to the Internet from
   their current Visited Public Land Mobile Network (VPLMN).

   Specific local breakout-related configuration considerations are
   listed below:

   o  Operators may add the APN-OI-Replacement flag defined in 3GPP
      [TS29.272] into the user's subscription data.  The visited network
      indicates a local domain name to replace the user requested Access
      Point Name (APN).  Consequently, the traffic would be steered to
      the visited network.  Those functions are normally deployed for
      the intra-PLMN mobility cases.

   o  Operators may also configure the VPLMN-Dynamic-Address-Allowed
      flag [TS29.272] in the user's profile to enable local breakout
      mode in VPLMNs.

   o  3GPP specified the Selected IP Traffic Offload (SIPTO) function
      [TS23.401] since Release 10 in order to get efficient route paths.
      It enables an operator to offload a portion of the traffic at a
      network node close to the UE's point of attachment to the network.

   o  The Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) has
      defined Roaming Architecture for Voice over LTE with Local
      Breakout (RAVEL) [IR.65] as the IMS international roaming
      architecture.  Local breakout mode has been adopted for the IMS
      roaming architecture.

2.2.  Typical Roaming Scenarios

   Three stages occur when a subscriber roams to a visited network and
   intends to invoke services:

   o  Network attachment: this occurs when the UE enters a visited
      network.  During the attachment phase, the visited network should
      authenticate the subscriber and make a location update to the
      HSS/HLR in the home network of the subscriber.  Accordingly, the
      subscriber profile is offered from the HSS/HLR.  The subscriber
      profile contains the allowed APNs, the allowed PDP/PDN Types, and
      rules regarding the routing of data sessions (i.e., home routed or

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      local breakout mode) [TS29.272].  The SGSN/MME in the visited
      network can use this information to facilitate the subsequent
      PDP/PDN session creation.

   o  PDP/PDN context creation: this occurs after the subscriber's UE
      has been successfully attached to the network.  This stage is
      integrated with the attachment stage in the case of 4G, but is a
      separate process in 2G/3G. 3GPP specifies three types of PDP/PDN
      to describe connections: PDP/PDN Type IPv4, PDP/PDN Type IPv6, and
      PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6.  When a subscriber creates a data session,
      their device requests a particular PDP/PDN Type.  The allowed
      PDP/PDN Types for that subscriber are learned in the attachment
      stage.  Hence, the SGSN and MME via the Serving Gateway (SGW)
      could initiate a PDP/PDN request to Gateway GSN (GGSN) / Packet
      Data Network Gateway (PGW) modulo subscription grants.

   o  Service requests: when the PDP/PDN context is created
      successfully, UEs may launch applications and request services
      based on the allocated IP addresses.  The service traffic will be
      transmitted via the visited network.

   Failures that occur at the attachment stage (Section 3) are
   independent of home routed and the local breakout modes.  Most
   failure cases in the PDP/PDN context creation (Section 4) and in
   service requests (Section 5) occur in the local breakout mode.

3.  Failure Case in the Network Attachment

   3GPP specified PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6 in order to allow a UE to get both
   an IPv4 address and an IPv6 prefix within a single PDP/PDN bearer.
   This option is stored as a part of subscription data for a subscriber
   in the HLR/HSS.  PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6 has been introduced at the
   inception of the Evolved Packet System (EPS) in 4G networks.

   The nodes in 4G networks should present no issues with the handling
   of this PDN Type.  However, the level of support varies in 2G/3G
   networks depending on the SGSN software version.  In theory, S4-SGSN
   (i.e., an SGSN with S4 interface) has supported the PDP/PDN Type
   IPv4v6 since Release 8, and Gn-SGSN (i.e., the SGSN with Gn
   interface) has supported it since Release 9.  In most cases,
   operators normally use Gn-SGSN to connect either GGSN in 3G or Packet
   Data Network Gateway (PGW) in 4G.

   The MAP (Mobile Application Part) protocol, as defined in 3GPP
   [TS29.002], is used over the Gr interface between SGSN and HLR.  The
   MAP Information Element (IE) "ext-pdp-Type" contains the IPv4v6 PDP
   Type that is conveyed to SGSN from the HLR within the Insert
   Subscriber Data (ISD) MAP operation.  If the SGSN does not support

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   the IPv4v6 PDP Type, it will not support the "ext-pdp-Type" IE;
   consequently, it must silently discard that IE and continue
   processing the rest of the ISD MAP message.  An issue that has been
   observed is that multiple SGSNs are unable to correctly process a
   subscriber's data received in the Insert Subscriber Data Procedure
   [TS23.060].  As a consequence, it will likely discard the subscriber
   attach request.  This is erroneous behavior due to the equipment not
   being compliant with 3GPP Release 9.

   In order to avoid encountering this attach problem at a visited SGSN,
   both operators should make a comprehensive roaming agreement to
   support IPv6 and ensure that it aligns with the GSMA documents, e.g.,
   [IR.33], [IR.88], and [IR.21].  Such an agreement requires the
   visited operator to get the necessary patch on all its SGSN nodes to
   support the "ext-pdp-Type" MAP IE sent by the HLR.  To ensure data-
   session continuity in Radio Access Technology (RAT) handovers, the
   PDN Type sent by the HSS to the MME should be consistent with the PDP
   Type sent by the HLR to the Gn-SGSN.  Where roaming agreements and
   visited SGSN nodes have not been updated, the HPLMN also has to make
   use of specific implementations (not standardized by 3GPP, discussed
   further in Section 6) in the HLR/HSS of the home network.  That is,
   when the HLR/HSS receives an Update Location message from a visited
   SGSN not known to support dual-stack in a single bearer, subscription
   data allowing only PDP/PDN Type IPv4 or IPv6 will be sent to that
   SGSN in the Insert Subscriber Data procedure.  This guarantees that
   the user profile is compatible with the visited SGSN/MME capability.
   In addition, HSS may not have to change if the PGW is aware of the
   subscriber's roaming status and only restricts the accepted PDN Type
   consistent with PDP Type sent by the HLR.  For example, a AAA server
   may coordinate with the PGW to decide the allowed PDN Type.

   Alternatively, HPLMNs without the non-standardized capability to
   suppress the sending of "ext-pdp-Type" by the HLR may have to remove
   this attribute from APNs with roaming service.  PDN Type IPv4v6 must
   also be removed from the corresponding profile for the APN in the
   HSS.  This will restrict their roaming UEs to only IPv4 or IPv6
   PDP/PDN activation.  This alternative has problems:

   o  The HPLMN cannot support dual-stack in a single bearer at home
      where the APN profile in the HLR/HSS is also used for roaming.

   o  The UE may set up separate parallel bearers for IPv4 and IPv6,
      where only single-stack IPv4 or IPv6 service is preferred by the

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4.  Failure Cases in the PDP/PDN Creation

   When a subscriber's UE succeeds in the attach stage, the IP
   allocation process takes place to retrieve IP addresses.  In general,
   a PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6 request implicitly allows the network side to
   make several IP assignment options, including IPv4-only, IPv6-only,
   IPv4 and IPv6 in single PDP/PDN bearer, and IPv4 and IPv6 in
   separated PDP/PDN bearers.

   A PDP/PDN Type IPv4 or IPv6 restricts the network side to only
   allocate the requested IP address family.

   This section summarizes several failures in the Home Routed (HR) and
   Local Breakout (LBO) mode as shown in Table 1.

        | Case# | UE request  |  PDP/PDN IP Type       |  Mode   |
        |       |             |  permitted on GGSN/PGW |         |
        |       |    IPv4v6   |      IPv4v6            |  HR     |
        |  #1   |-------------+------------------------+---------+
        |       |    IPv4v6   |      IPv4 or IPv6      |  LBO    |
        |  #2   |     IPv6    |      IPv6              |  HR     |
        |  #3   |     IPv4    |      IPv6              |  HR     |
        |  #4   |     IPv6    |      IPv4              |  LBO    |

              Table 1: Failure Cases in the PDP/PDN Creation

4.1.  Case 1: Splitting Dual-Stack Bearer

   Dual-stack capability is provided using separate PDP/PDN activation
   in the visited network that doesn't support PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6.
   That means only separate, parallel, single-stack IPv4 and IPv6
   PDP/PDN connections are allowed to be initiated to separately
   allocate an IPv4 address and an IPv6 prefix.  The SGSN does not
   support the Dual Address Bearer Flag (DAF) or does not set the DAF
   because the operator uses single addressing per bearer to support
   interworking with nodes of earlier releases.  Regardless of home
   routed or local breakout mode, GGSN/PGW will change PDN/PDP Type to a
   single address PDP/PDN Type and return the Session Management (SM)
   Cause #52 "single address bearers only allowed" or SM Cause #28
   "unknown PDP address or PDP type" as per [TS24.008] and [TS24.301] to

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   the UE.  In this case, the UE may make another PDP/PDN request with a
   single address PDP Type (IPv4 or IPv6) other than the one already

   This approach suffers from the following drawbacks:

   o  The parallel PDP/PDN activation would likely double PDP/PDN bearer
      resource on the network side and Radio Access Bearer (RAB)
      resource on the Radio Access Network (RAN) side.  It also impacts
      the capacity of the GGSN/PGW, since only a certain amount of
      PDP/PDN activation is allowed on those nodes.

   o  Some networks may allow only one PDP/PDN to be alive for each
      subscriber.  For example, an IPv6 PDP/PDN will be rejected if the
      subscriber has an active IPv4 PDP/PDN.  Therefore, the subscriber
      would not be able to obtain the IPv6 connection in the visited
      network.  It is even worse, as they may have a risk of losing all
      data connectivity if the IPv6 PDP gets rejected with a permanent
      error at the APN level and not an error specific to the PDP-Type
      IPv6 requested.

   o  Additional correlations between those two PDP/PDN contexts are
      required on the charging system.

   o  Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) [TS29.212] / Policy and
      Charging Enforcement Function (PCEF) treats the IPv4 and IPv6
      sessions as independent and performs different quality-of-service
      (QoS) policies.  The subscriber may have an unstable experience
      due to different behaviors on each IP version connection.

   o  Mobile devices may have a limitation on the number of allowed
      simultaneous PDP/PDN contexts.  Excessive PDP/PDN activations may
      result in service disruption.

   In order to avoid the issue, the roaming agreement in the home routed
   mode should make sure the visited SGSN supports and sets the DAF.
   Since the PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6 is supported in the GGSN/PGW of the
   home network, it's expected that the visited SGSN/MME could create a
   dual-stack bearer as the UE requested.

   In the local breakout mode, the visited SGSN may only allow single IP
   version addressing.  In this case, the DAF on the visited SGSN/MME
   has to be unset.  One approach is to set a dedicated APN [TS23.003]
   profile to only request PDP/PDN Type IPv4 in the roaming network.
   Some operators may also consider not adopting the local breakout mode
   to avoid the risks.

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4.2.  Case 2: IPv6 PDP/PDN Unsupported

   PDP/PDN Type IPv6 has good compatibility to visited networks during
   the network attachment.  In order to support the IPv6-only visitors,
   SGSN/MME in the visited network is required to accept IPv6-only
   PDP/PDN activation requests and enable IPv6 on the user plane in the
   direction of the home network.

   In some cases, IPv6-only visitors may still be subject to the SGSN
   capability in visited networks.  This becomes especially risky if the
   home operator performs roaming steering targeted to an operator that
   doesn't allow IPv6.  The visited SGSN may just directly reject the
   PDP context activation.  Therefore, it's expected that the visited
   network is IPv6 roaming-friendly to enable the functions on SGSN/MME
   by default.  Otherwise, operators may consider steering the roaming
   traffic to the IPv6-enabled visited network that has an IPv6 roaming

4.3.  Case 3: Inappropriate Roaming APN Set

   If IPv6 single stack with the home routed mode is deployed, the
   requested PDP/PDN Type should also be IPv6.  Some implementations
   that support the roaming APN profile may set IPv4 as the default
   PDP/PDN Type, since the visited network is incapable of supporting
   PDP/PDN Types IPv4v6 (Section 4.1) and IPv6 (Section 4.2).  The
   PDP/PDN request will fail because the APN in the home network only
   allows IPv6.  Therefore, the roaming APNs have to be compliant with
   the home network configuration when home routed mode is adopted.

4.4.  Case 4: Fallback Failure

   In the local breakout mode, PDP/PDN Type IPv6 should have no issues
   to pass through the network attachment process, since 3GPP specified
   the PDP/PDN Type IPv6 as early as PDP/PDN Type IPv4.  When a visitor
   requests PDP/PDN Type IPv6, the network should only return the
   expected IPv6 prefix.  The UE may fail to get an IPv6 prefix if the
   visited network only allocates an IPv4 address.  In this case, the
   visited network will reject the request and send the cause code to
   the UE.

   A proper fallback scheme for PDP/PDN Type IPv6 is desirable; however,
   there is no standard way to specify this behavior.  The roaming APN
   profile could help to address the issue by setting the PDP/PDN Type
   to IPv4.  For instance, the Android system solves the issue by
   configuring the roaming protocol to IPv4 for the APN.  It guarantees
   that UE will always initiate a PDP/PDN Type IPv4 in the roaming area.

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5.  Failure Cases in the Service Requests

   After the successful network attachment and IP address allocation,
   applications could start to request service based on the activated
   PDP/PDN context.  The service request may depend on specific IP
   family or network collaboration.  If traffic is offloaded locally
   (Section 2.1.2), the visited network may not be able to accommodate
   the UE's service requests.  This section describes the failures.

5.1.  Lack of IPv6 Support in Applications

   Operators may only allow IPv6 in the IMS APN.  VoLTE [IR.92] and Rich
   Communication Suite (RCS) [RCC.07] use the APN to offer voice service
   for visitors.  The IMS roaming in RAVEL architecture [IR.65] offloads
   voice and video traffic in the visited network; therefore, a dual-
   stack visitor can only be assigned with an IPv6 prefix but no IPv4
   address.  If the applications can't support IPv6, the service is
   likely to fail.

   Translation-based methods, for example, 464XLAT [RFC6877] or Bump-in-
   the-Host (BIH) [RFC6535], may help to address the issue if there are
   IPv6 compatibility problems.  The translation function could be
   enabled in an IPv6-only network and disabled in a dual-stack or IPv4
   network; therefore, the IPv4 applications only get the translation in
   the IPv6 network and they perform normally in an IPv4 or dual-stack

5.2.  464XLAT Support

   464XLAT [RFC6877] is proposed to address the IPv4 compatibility issue
   in an IPv6-only connectivity environment.  The customer-side
   translator (CLAT) function on a mobile device is likely used in
   conjunction with a PDP/PDN IPv6 Type request and cooperates with a
   remote NAT64 [RFC6146] device.

   464XLAT may use the mechanism defined in [RFC7050] or [RFC7225] to
   detect the presence of NAT64 devices and to learn the IPv6 prefix
   used for protocol translation [RFC6052].

   In the local breakout approach, a UE with the 464XLAT function
   roaming on an IPv6 visited network may encounter various situations.
   For example, the visited network may not have deployed DNS64
   [RFC6147] but only NAT64, or CLAT may not be able to discover the
   provider-side translator (PLAT) translation IPv6 prefix used as a
   destination of the PLAT.  If the visited network doesn't have a NAT64
   and DNS64 deployed, 464XLAT can't perform successfully due to the

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   lack of PLAT collaboration.  Even in the case of the presence of
   NAT64 and DNS64, a pre-configured PLAT IPv6 prefix in the CLAT may
   cause failure because it can't match the PLAT translation.

   Considering the various network configurations, operators may turn
   off local breakout and use the home routed mode to perform 464XLAT.
   Alternatively, UE may support the different roaming profile
   configuration to adopt 464XLAT in the home network and use IPv4-only
   in the visited networks.

6.  HLR/HSS User Profile Setting

   A proper user profile configuration would provide a deterministic
   outcome to the PDP/PDN creation stage where dual-stack, IPv4-only,
   and IPv6-only connectivity requests may come from devices.  The
   HLR/HSS may have to apply extra logic (not standardized by 3GPP) to
   achieve this.  It is also desirable that the network be able to set
   up connectivity of any requested PDP/PDN context type.

   The following are examples to illustrate the settings for the
   scenarios and the decision criteria to be applied when returning user
   profile information from the HLR to the visited SGSN.

                       user profile #1:

                       PDP-Context ::= SEQUENCE {
                       pdp-ContextId ContextId,
                       pdp-Type  PDP-Type-IPv4
                       ext-pdp-Type PDP-Type-IPv4v6

                       user profile #2:

                       PDP-Context ::= SEQUENCE {
                       pdp-ContextId ContextId,
                       pdp-Type  PDP-Type-IPv6

    Scenario 1: Support of IPv6-Only, IPv4-Only, and Dual-Stack Devices

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   The full PDP-context parameters are referred to Section 17.7.1
   ("Mobile Service data types") of [TS29.002].  User profiles #1 and #2
   share the same "ContextId".  The setting of user profile #1 enables
   IPv4-only and dual-stack devices to work.  User profile #2 fulfills
   the request if the device asks for IPv6-only PDP context.

                       user profile #1:

                       PDP-Context ::= SEQUENCE {
                       pdp-ContextId ContextId,
                       pdp-Type  PDP-Type-IPv4
                       ext-pdp-Type PDP-Type-IPv4v6

                       user profile #2:

                       PDP-Context ::= SEQUENCE {
                       pdp-ContextId ContextId,
                       pdp-Type  PDP-Type-IPv4

   Scenario 2: Support of Dual-Stack Devices with Pre-Release 9 Visited
                            SGSN (vSGSN) Access

   User profiles #1 and #2 share the same "ContextId".  If a visited
   SGSN is identified as early as pre-Release 9, the HLR/HSS should only
   send user profile #2 to the visited SGSN.

7.  Discussion

   Several failure cases have been discussed in this document.  It has
   been illustrated that the major problems happen at three stages: the
   initial network attachment, the PDP/PDN creation, and service

   In the network attachment stage, PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6 is the major
   concern to the visited pre-Release 9 SGSN.  3GPP didn't specify
   PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6 in the earlier releases.  That PDP/PDN Type is
   supported in the newly built EPS network, but it isn't supported well
   in the third-generation network.  Visited SGSNs may discard the
   subscriber's attach requests because the SGSN is unable to correctly
   process PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6.  Operators may have to adopt temporary

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   solutions unless all the interworking nodes (i.e., the SGSN) in the
   visited network have been upgraded to support the ext-PDP-Type

   In the PDP/PDN creation stage, support of PDP/PDN Types IPv4v6 and
   IPv6 on the visited SGSN is the major concern.  It has been observed
   that single-stack IPv6 in the home routed mode is a viable approach
   to deploy IPv6.  It is desirable that the visited SGSN have the
   ability to enable IPv6 on the user plane by default.  For support of
   the PDP/PDN Type IPv4v6, it is suggested to set the DAF.  As a
   complementary function, the implementation of a roaming APN
   configuration is useful to accommodate the visited network.  However,
   it should consider roaming architecture and the permitted PDP/PDN
   Type to properly set the UE.  Roaming APN in the home routed mode is
   recommended to align with home network profile setting.  In the local
   breakout case, PDP/PDN Type IPv4 could be selected as a safe way to
   initiate PDP/PDN activation.

   In the service requests stage, the failure cases mostly occur in the
   local breakout case.  The visited network may not be able to satisfy
   the requested capability from applications or UEs.  Operators may
   consider using home routed mode to avoid these problems.  Several
   solutions, in either the network side or mobile device side, can also
   help to address the issue.  For example,

   o  464XLAT could help IPv4 applications access IPv6 visited networks.

   o  Networks can deploy a AAA server to coordinate the mobile device
      capability.  Once the GGSN/PGW receives the session creation
      request, it will initiate a request to a AAA server in the home
      network via the RADIUS or Diameter protocol [TS29.061].  The
      request contains subscriber and visited network information, e.g.,
      PDP/PDN Type, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI),
      Software Version (SV) and visited SGSN/MME location code, etc.
      The AAA server could take mobile device capability and combine it
      with the visited network information to ultimately determine the
      type of session to be created, i.e., IPv4, IPv6, or IPv4v6.

8.  Security Considerations

   Although this document defines neither a new architecture nor a new
   protocol, the reader is encouraged to refer to [RFC6459] for a
   generic discussion on IPv6-related security considerations.

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9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

   [IR.21]    Global System for Mobile Communications Association
              (GSMA), "Roaming Database, Structure and Updating
              Procedures", IR.21, Version 7.4, November 2013.

   [IR.65]    Global System for Mobile Communications Association
              (GSMA), "IMS Roaming and Interworking Guidelines", IR.65,
              Version 15.0, January 2015.

   [RFC6146]  Bagnulo, M., Matthews, P., and I. van Beijnum, "Stateful
              NAT64: Network Address and Protocol Translation from IPv6
              Clients to IPv4 Servers", RFC 6146, April 2011,

   [RFC6147]  Bagnulo, M., Sullivan, A., Matthews, P., and I. van
              Beijnum, "DNS64: DNS Extensions for Network Address
              Translation from IPv6 Clients to IPv4 Servers", RFC 6147,
              April 2011, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6147>.

   [RFC6877]  Mawatari, M., Kawashima, M., and C. Byrne, "464XLAT:
              Combination of Stateful and Stateless Translation", RFC
              6877, April 2013,

   [TS23.060] 3GPP, "General Packet Radio Service (GPRS); Service
              description; Stage 2 v9.00", TS 23.060, March 2009.

   [TS23.401] 3GPP, "General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) enhancements
              for Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network
              (E-UTRAN) access v9.00", TS 23.401, March 2009.

   [TS29.002] 3GPP, "Mobile Application Part (MAP) specification
              v9.12.0", TS 29.002, December 2009.

   [TS29.272] 3GPP, "Mobility Management Entity (MME) and Serving GPRS
   Support Node (SGSN) related interfaces based on Diameter protocol
   v9.00", TS 29.272, September 2009.

9.2.  Informative References

              Amdocs Inc., "Amdocs 2014 EU Roaming Regulation III
              Solution", July 2013, <http://www.amdocs.com/Products/

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   [IR.33]    Global System for Mobile Communications Association
              (GSMA), "GPRS Roaming Guidelines", IR.33, Version 7.0,
              June 2014.

   [IR.34]    Global System for Mobile Communications Association
              (GSMA), "Guidelines for IPX Provider networks", IR.34
              Version 11.0, January 2015.

   [IR.88]    Global System for Mobile Communications Association
              (GSMA), "LTE Roaming Guidelines", IR.88, Version 12.0,
              January 2015.

   [IR.92]    Global System for Mobile Communications Association
              (GSMA), "IMS Profile for Voice and SMS", IR.92, Version
              7.1, January 2015.

   [RCC.07]   Global System for Mobile Communications Association
              (GSMA), "Rich Communication Suite 5.2 Advanced
              Communications Services and Client Specification", RCC.07,
              Version 5.0, May 2014.

   [RFC6052]  Bao, C., Huitema, C., Bagnulo, M., Boucadair, M., and X.
              Li, "IPv6 Addressing of IPv4/IPv6 Translators", RFC 6052,
              October 2010, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6052>.

   [RFC6459]  Korhonen, J., Ed., Soininen, J., Patil, B., Savolainen,
              T., Bajko, G., and K. Iisakkila, "IPv6 in 3rd Generation
              Partnership Project (3GPP) Evolved Packet System (EPS)",
              RFC 6459, January 2012,

   [RFC6535]  Huang, B., Deng, H., and T. Savolainen, "Dual-Stack Hosts
              Using "Bump-in-the-Host" (BIH)", RFC 6535, February 2012,

   [RFC7050]  Savolainen, T., Korhonen, J., and D. Wing, "Discovery of
              the IPv6 Prefix Used for IPv6 Address Synthesis", RFC
              7050, November 2013,

   [RFC7225]  Boucadair, M., "Discovering NAT64 IPv6 Prefixes Using the
              Port Control Protocol (PCP)", RFC 7225, May 2014,

   [TR23.975] 3GPP, "IPv6 migration guidelines", TR 23.975, June 2011.

   [TS23.003] 3GPP, "Numbering, addressing and identification v9.0.0",
              TS 23.003, September 2009.

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   [TS24.008] 3GPP, "Mobile radio interface Layer 3 specification; Core
              network protocols; Stage 3 v9.00", TS 24.008, September

   [TS24.301] 3GPP, "Non-Access-Stratum (NAS) protocol for Evolved
              Packet System (EPS) ; Stage 3 v9.00", TS 24.301, September

   [TS29.061] 3GPP, "Interworking between the Public Land Mobile Network
              (PLMN) supporting packet based services and Packet Data
              Networks (PDN) v9.14.0", TS 29.061, January 2015.

   [TS29.212] 3GPP, "Policy and Charging Control (PCC); Reference points
              v9.0.0", TS 29.212, September 2009.


   Many thanks to F. Baker and J. Brzozowski for their support.

   This document is the result of the IETF v6ops IPv6-Roaming design
   team effort.

   The authors would like to thank Mikael Abrahamsson, Victor Kuarsingh,
   Nick Heatley, Alexandru Petrescu, Tore Anderson, Cameron Byrne,
   Holger Metschulat, and Geir Egeland for their helpful discussions and

   The authors especially thank Fred Baker and Ross Chandler for their
   efforts and contributions that substantially improved the readability
   of the document.


   The following individual contributed to this document.

      Vizdal Ales
      Deutsche Telekom AG
      Tomickova 2144/1
      Prague 4,  149 00
      Czech Republic

      EMail: ales.vizdal@t-mobile.cz

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Authors' Addresses

   Gang Chen
   China Mobile
   53A,Xibianmennei Ave.,
   Xicheng District,
   Beijing  100053

   EMail: phdgang@gmail.com, chengang@chinamobile.com

   Hui Deng
   China Mobile
   53A,Xibianmennei Ave.,
   Xuanwu District,
   Beijing  100053

   EMail: denghui@chinamobile.com

   Dave Michaud
   Rogers Communications
   8200 Dixie Rd.
   Brampton, ON L6T 0C1

   EMail: dave.michaud@rci.rogers.com

   Jouni Korhonen
   Broadcom Corporation
   3151 Zanker Rd.
   San Jose, CA  95134
   United States

   EMail: jouni.nospam@gmail.com

   Mohamed Boucadair
   France Telecom

   EMail: mohamed.boucadair@orange.com

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