1. A method for providing application services to a user in a communications network, the method comprising:mapping, by a gateway network element including at least one processor, a first multi-path transport control protocol (MPTCP) flow to a first evolved packet system (EPS) bearer associated with a first serving base station for the user, using a first n-tuple traffic flow template (TFT) packet filter for the user, n being greater than or equal to 1;
mapping, by the gateway network element, a second MPTCP flow to a second EPS bearer associated with a second serving base station for the user, each of the first and second MPTCP flows corresponding to a same MPTCP connection for an application, using a second n-tuple TFT packet filter for the user;
outputting, by the gateway network element, the first MPTCP flow on the first EPS bearer for delivery to the user through the first serving base station; and
outputting, by the gateway network element, the second MPTCP flow on the second EPS bearer for delivery to the user through the second serving base station,
wherein each of the first and second MPTCP flows is associated with a single IP address assigned to the user.