This TS specifies the stage 2 of the UE Positioning function of E-UTRAN, which provides the mechanisms to support or assist the calculation of the geographical position of a UE. UE position knowledge can be used, for example, in support of Radio Resource Management functions, as well as location-based services for operators, subscribers, and third-party service providers.
The purpose of this stage 2 specification is to define the E-UTRAN UE Positioning architecture, functional entities and operations to support positioning methods. This description is confined to the E-UTRAN Access Stratum. It does not define or describe how the results of the UE position calculation can be utilised in the Core Network (e.g., LCS) or in E-UTRAN (e.g., RRM).
UE Positioning may be considered as a network-provided enabling technology consisting of standardised service
capabilities that enable the provision of location applications. The application(s) may be service provider specific. The description of the numerous and varied possible location applications which are enabled by this technology is outside the scope of the present document. However, clarifying examples of how the functionality being described may be used to provide specific location services may be included.
This stage 2 specification covers the E-UTRAN positioning methods, state descriptions, and message flows to support UE Positioning.