SIGTRAN Protocol Test Suite for Hybrid Networks

GLS Communications Inc released

SIGTRAN Protocol Test Suite for Hybrid Networks

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Overview

SIGTRAN protocols are an extension of the SS7 protocol family, but carried over IP.   A signaling Gateway (SG) translates the SS7 TDM layers to SIGTRAN IP format.  It supports the same application and call management functions as SS7 but uses two protocol layers on top of Internet Protocol (IP): Stream Control Transport Protocol (SCTP) and MTP3 User Adaptation Layer (M3UA).  M3UA enables SS7 protocol’s User Parts (e.g. ISUP, SCCP and TUP) to run over IP instead of TDM lines.

The enhanced SIGTRAN protocol test suite now includes enhanced feature rich MAPS™ frame work, which includes user-defined statistics, video traffic support, voice quality scores, and Command Line Interface (CLI) functionalities. Using CLI, all of GUI functionalities can be controlled by various TCL, Python, VBScript, Java, and .Net clients.  In addition, the MAPS™ ISDN SIGTRAN now supports simulation of BRI network interfaces along with PRI interface.

The supported standards in SIGTRAN protocol are SIGTRAN ITU, SIGTRAN ETSI, and SIGTRAN ANSI.

 

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SIGTRAN Protocol Simulation Products

MAPS™ is a powerful protocol test simulation platform supporting SIGTRAN (SS7 over IP), and ISDN SIGTRAN (ISDN over IP). Some of the common MAPS™ features supported across all SIGTRAN protocols are listed below:

  • Scripted call generation and call reception
  • Supports customization of call flows and message templates using Script editor and Message editor
  • Ready-to-use scripts for quick testing
  • Script based and protocol independent software architecture
  • Automation, Remote access, and Schedulers to run tests 24/7
  • Supported on Windows® 7, 8 or higher version operating systems
  • Supports 64-bit version to enhance signaling performance
  • Supports client-server functionality ; clients supported are TCL, Python, VBScript, Java, and .Net

SIGTRAN Protocol Emulation over IP

GL’s MAPS™ SIGTRAN is an advanced protocol simulator/tester for SS7 simulation over IP Networks. MAPS™ SIGTRAN connects to traditional SS7 interface and IP-enabled signaling nodes and then offloads TDM traffic to IP networks. Various traffic types include File, Digits, Tones, FAX, IVR, Dynamic VF, and Voice Quality Testing. MAPS™ can be configured to auto start the traffic over SS7 signaling or manually define traffic at run time. It can simulate ITU-T, UK, and ANSI variants of SS7 signaling stack implemented over M3UA, M2PA, M2UA, and ISUP protocols.

It is able to run pre-defined test scenarios against ISUP test objects in a controlled & deterministic manner.  The application supports testing network elements, error tracking, regression testing, load testing/call generation and generation of high volumes of ISUP traffic.

MAPS™ SIGTRAN emulator and MAPS™ SS7 emulator can be combined into one entity to emulate a complete Signaling Gateway. A Signaling Gateway (SG) translates the SS7 TDM layers to SIGTRAN IP format. It supports the same application and call management functions as SS7 but uses two protocol layers on top of IP, Stream Control Transport Protocol (SCTP) and M3UA (MTP3 User Adaptation Layer).

Supported Protocols

Supported Protocols Standard / Specification Used
ISUP ITU ITU – Q.761, Q.762, Q.763 and Q.764
ISUP ANSI ANSI – T1.113.1 to T1.113.4
ISUP UK ND1007:2007/01 TSG/SPEC/007
M3UA ITU RFC 3332
M3UA ANSI RFC 3332
M2PA RFC 4165
M2UA RFC 3331

 

Important Features

 

 
SIGTRAN Protocol Test Suite for Hybrid Networks
 

Overview

SIGTRAN protocols are an extension of the SS7 protocol family, but carried over IP.   A signaling Gateway (SG) translates the SS7 TDM layers to SIGTRAN IP format.  It supports the same application and call management functions as SS7 but uses two protocol layers on top of Internet Protocol (IP): Stream Control Transport Protocol (SCTP) and MTP3 User Adaptation Layer (M3UA).  M3UA enables SS7 protocol’s User Parts (e.g. ISUP, SCCP and TUP) to run over IP instead of TDM lines.

The enhanced SIGTRAN protocol test suite now includes enhanced feature rich MAPS™ frame work, which includes user-defined statistics, video traffic support, voice quality scores, and Command Line Interface (CLI) functionalities. Using CLI, all of GUI functionalities can be controlled by various TCL, Python, VBScript, Java, and .Net clients.  In addition, the MAPS™ ISDN SIGTRAN now supports simulation of BRI network interfaces along with PRI interface.

The supported standards in SIGTRAN protocol are SIGTRAN ITU, SIGTRAN ETSI, and SIGTRAN ANSI. Click Supported Protocols and Specifications to view the complete list.

SIGTRAN Protocol Simulation Products

MAPS™ is a powerful protocol test simulation platform supporting SIGTRAN (SS7 over IP), and ISDN SIGTRAN (ISDN over IP). Some of the common MAPS™ features supported across all SIGTRAN protocols are listed below:

  • Scripted call generation and call reception
  • Supports customization of call flows and message templates using Script editor and Message editor
  • Ready-to-use scripts for quick testing
  • Script based and protocol independent software architecture
  • Automation, Remote access, and Schedulers to run tests 24/7
  • Supported on Windows® 7, 8 or higher version operating systems
  • Supports 64-bit version to enhance signaling performance
  • Supports client-server functionality ; clients supported are TCL, Python, VBScript, Java, and .Net

SIGTRAN Protocol Emulation over IP

GL’s MAPS™ SIGTRAN is an advanced protocol simulator/tester for SS7 simulation over IP Networks. MAPS™ SIGTRAN connects to traditional SS7 interface and IP-enabled signaling nodes and then offloads TDM traffic to IP networks. Various traffic types include File, Digits, Tones, FAX, IVR, Dynamic VF, and Voice Quality Testing. MAPS™ can be configured to auto start the traffic over SS7 signaling or manually define traffic at run time. It can simulate ITU-T, UK, and ANSI variants of SS7 signaling stack implemented over M3UA, M2PA, M2UA, and ISUP protocols.

It is able to run pre-defined test scenarios against ISUP test objects in a controlled & deterministic manner.  The application supports testing network elements, error tracking, regression testing, load testing/call generation and generation of high volumes of ISUP traffic.

MAPS™ SIGTRAN emulator and MAPS™ SS7 emulator can be combined into one entity to emulate a complete Signaling Gateway. A Signaling Gateway (SG) translates the SS7 TDM layers to SIGTRAN IP format. It supports the same application and call management functions as SS7 but uses two protocol layers on top of IP, Stream Control Transport Protocol (SCTP) and M3UA (MTP3 User Adaptation Layer).

Supported Protocols

Supported Protocols Standard / Specification Used
ISUP ITU ITU – Q.761, Q.762, Q.763 and Q.764
ISUP ANSI ANSI – T1.113.1 to T1.113.4
ISUP UK ND1007:2007/01 TSG/SPEC/007
M3UA ITU RFC 3332
M3UA ANSI RFC 3332
M2PA RFC 4165
M2UA RFC 3331


Important Features

  • Supports ASP (Application Server Process) or SGP (Signaling Gateway Process) termination types over IP
  • User-configurable signaling links
  • CIC Management features: Circuit Blocking & Unblocking, Circuit Group Blocking & Circuit Group Unblocking, Circuit Reset & Group Reset
  • Circuit Mapping features: CIC mapped to Timeslot (Timeslot Based / CIC Based), and Only CIC (Without traffic, user can provide CIC range for each SSP, CIC is generated randomly or User Provided)
  • Generates and processes SIGTRAN valid and invalid messages
  • Supports calls suspend, call resume, call hold and call retrieve
  • User controlled acess to optional ISUP parameters such as timers
  • Supports SIGTRAN Conformance testing with additional licenses
  • End-to-end Testing of Signaling Gateways
  • Offloads TDM Traffic (digits, voice file, tones, IVR, FAX, Dynamic VF, and Voice Quality) over IP

For more information, you can visit MAPS™ SIGTRAN emulator web page.

SIGTRAN ISDN over IP Emulation

ISDN is a very common protocol in the legacy network. There are two types – PRI (Primary Rate Interface or 23B +D) for T1 E1 lines and BRI (Basic Rate Interface, or 2B + D) for lower speed digital lines. ISDN BRI is referred to as 2B + D, as it includes 2 bearer ‘B’ channels each with 64 kbit/s rate and one 16 kbit/s signaling channel (‘D’ channel or data channel). ISDN PRI includes 23 ‘B’ channels over T1 (or 30 ‘B’ channels in E1), each of 64 kbit/s, along with ‘D’ channel of 64 kbit/s.

GL’s MAPS™ ISDN SIGTRAN is an advanced protocol simulator/tester that can simulate a complete ISDN connection from TDM to Signaling Gateway (SG) and Media Gateways Controller (MGC) supporting both PRI ISDN (with traffic) and BRI ISDN interfaces. MAPS™ ISDN SIGTRAN connects to traditional ISDN interfaces and IP-enabled signaling nodes and then offloads TDM traffic to IP networks. Various traffic types include File, Digits, Tones, FAX, IVR, Dynamic VF, and Voice Quality Testing. MAPS™ can be configured to auto start the traffic over SS7 signaling or manually define traffic at run time.

ISDN signaling is defined as per the ITU-T Q.921 / Q.931 standards.  It is a powerful tool that can be used to perform detailed testing of ISDN protocol messages over IP, and offers a complete solution for testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance of devices and networks.

MAPS™ ISDN SIGTRAN emulator and MAPS™ ISDN emulator can be combined into one entity to emulate a complete Signaling Gateway. A Signaling Gateway (SG) on the TDM side connects to standard PRI T1 E1 lines (or BRI) and translates the ISDN messages to SIGTRAN IP format. It supports the same application and call management functions as ISDN but uses two protocol layers on top of IP, Stream Control Transport Protocol (SCTP) and ISDN Q.921-User Adaptation Layer (IUA). The SG talks to a Media Gateway Controller, which in turn performs further routing and signaling decisions within the NGN.

Supported Protocols

Supported Protocols Standard / Specification Used
Q.931 ITU-T Q.931 / Q.932(Facility IE) / Q.955.3 (MLPP Procedures)
IUA RFC 4233 Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Q.921-User Adaptation Layer


Important Features

  • Simulates ISDN signaling over IP (ISDN-SIGTRAN)
  • Supports both interfacing with high-speed PRI (Primary Rate Interface or 23B +D) and low-speed BRI (Basic Rate Interface, or 2B + D) digital lines.
  • Generates and process all ISDN messages such as Setup, Connect, Release messages, and more
  • Switch and Subscriber emulation
  • User controlled access to optional ISDN parameters such as timers
  • Provides various release cause codes such as rejected, no user response, user busy, congested, and so on to troubleshoot the problems in ISDN
  • Impairments can be applied to messages to simulate error conditions
  • Supports customization of call flows and message templates using Script editor and Message editor
  • Offloads TDM Traffic (digits, voice file, tones, IVR, FAX, Dynamic VF, and Voice Quality) over IP

SIGTRAN Protocol Analysis

SIGTRAN protocol decoder software is a VoIP testing tool that permits real-time analysis, call trace, capture, and filtering of SS7 and ISDN signaling messages over IP.  The analyzer supports SCTP, M2UA, M3UA, M2PA, SUA, IUA, BICC, INAP, CAMEL, ICMP, MAP, TUP, TCAP, SCCP and more.  The analyzer is an optional application with GL’s PacketScan™ – All IP Analyzer.  The SIGTRAN analyzer can be used with SS7 analyzer simultaneously to perform testing and verification of Signaling Gateways.

Important Features

  • Supports real-time as well as off-line analysis  over IP
  • Displays Summary, Detail, Hex-dump, Statistics, and Call Trace Views
  • Summary View displays M2UA, M2PA, M3UA, SUA, Called and Calling number, SCCP message Type, SSN, INAP and more
  • Detailed View displays easy to understand layer-wise decodes of protocol stack for the user-selected frame
  • Hex dump view displays raw frame data as hexadecimal and ASCII octet dump
  • Statistics View displays call and MSU statistics at any link or entire link set

 

 
 

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