PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT – SIP-I interoperability test

PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

NGN Testlab SINTESIO

is preliminary announcing the 1st NGN interoperability event

PSTN/ISDN Emulation Services Scenarios

under endorsement of
European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI)
and supervision of
TISPAN technical body

which will held in

SINTESIO NGN testlab, Bled, Slovenia
May 15 – 19, 2006

Call for participation is now open!

Technical Framework

NGN aims to meet the needs of network operators and vendors alike in developing specifications for a feature-rich NGN that supports key capabilities necessary to enable a wide range of multimedia services. Capabilities in support of legacy PSTN/ISDN services (PSTN/ISDN emulation/simulation) and appropriate interconnections to other networks are supported in ETSI TISPAN Release 1. The NGN will support a gradual migration for the support of both legacy equipment and the PSTN/ISDN service set. Key scenarios of this feature are:

— PSTN/ISDN Replacement (in whole or in part)

— Support for legacy terminal equipment connected directly and indirectly to NGN.

The PSTN/ISDN service set and call servers are not re-defined by NGN. It is assumed that a PSTN/ISDN call server will provide an ISUP or other PSTN call model, and will provide signalling transport and interworking. The full PSTN/ISDN service set is only applicable to certain terminal types, i.e. legacy terminals or user equipment behaving like legacy terminals, and some of the interworking and replacement scenarios required to be supported.

Scope and Objectives

The scope of the interoperability event is to prepare and execute a network integration tests (NIT) for the following NGN migration scenarios:

  1. NGN Emulation scenario, by means of SIP-I based PES (PSTN/ISDN Emulation Subsystem) with either Softswitch or Core IMS implementations:
    1. Partial PSTN/ISDN replacement of the transit exchanges with Softswitches/IMS platforms;
    2. Whole PSTN/ISDN replacement of the local and transit exchanges with access gateways and Softswitch/IMS platforms.
  2. Interworking between NGN Core and PSTN/ISDN Legacy network:
    1. Interworking SIP/ISUP Profile A and B according to draft ATS test specification ETSI DTS 6014-4
    2. Interworking SIP/ISUP Profile B according to draft TSS/TP test specification ETSI TS 6012-2 (the extent of the test will depend on availability of ETS implementation of the draft standards)

The aim of the event is to prepare and execute well structured end-to-end network integration tests based on ETSI TISPAN draft reports with the objectives to:

— test the interoperability of different vendor’s implementations at the functional level and to evaluate the coherence of draft standards;

— test interworking between ISUP/BICC and SIP Profiles A, B and C;

— test Quality and Performance in a real multi-operator environment;

— generate technical report with the Implementation guides for deployment of NGN scenarios, that will be tested end-to-end.

Target Audience

The interoperability event is intended for those:

— Softswitch/Core IMS equipment vendors,

— network operators and service providers,

— system integrators

who want to validate the current state of implementations agains the ETSI TISPAN NGN Release 1 standards. The interoperability event will give participants the opportunity to evaluate NGN solutions and products, its interoperability with the solutions of world leading players. With the SINTESIO testlab connections to public ISDN/PSTN network and to Internet and the network configurations with remote NGN domain, it will be possible to test and validate real network behavior such as Performance, Quality and Security issues.

Prerequisits:

Equipments (call servers, trunk gateways, access or residential gateways) which will constitute part of the IUT, must support PSTN/ISDN call model and optionally SIP (profile A or B) call model, ISUP/SIP interworking, and SIP-I (SIP profile C) as NNI interface. Bearer control protocol is not in the scope of the test event, therefore it is strongly recommended that participating vendors provide both, call servers and gateways as elements constituting Type 3 GWs.

Participation fees:

1700€ per company; up to 3 participants. Participation fee covers:

— cost of a booth configuration

— coffee brakes for each day

— lunch for each day

DEADLINES & DATES

Registration is open at ETSI Plugtest. Companies wishes to register for the event can registers here.

Official openning of the SINTESIO testlab

December 9, 2005 the SINTESIO testlab was officially opened by ETSI general director, Mr. Karl Heinz Rosenbrock. The opening ceremony attended Slovenian minister of economy, Mr. Andrej Vizjak, founder of the SINTESIO testlab, representatives form strategic partners, supporting organizations, and government institutions.

The test reference center operates within the framework of the Sintesio foundation, a non-profit organization that has a broader social significance. Co-founders include the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which has its head office at Sophia Antipolis, France; the Slovenian Institute for Standardization (SIST), Ljubljana; and Iskratel, d.o.o., Kranj.The Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FE), Ljubljana, and its Laboratory for Telecommunications play an important role in the center’s operation. The Bled municipality supported the project by providing appropriate premises.Sintesio is the first permanent center of its kind to provide the technological infrastructure and expertise to test and demonstrate the interoperability of products, services and applications in next generation networks (NGNs). The purpose, the operation and the plan of activities of the Sintesio center have been endorsed by the ETSI’s leading global standardization body, which additionally emphasizes the neutral role of the center, and its expertise.
Interoperability is of key importance for all the players in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), i.e., standardization bodies (ETSI, ITU-T, etc.), equipment manufacturers, solution providers, operators, service and application providers, end users, and also for regulators.Open standards and the demonstration of interoperability prevent market fragmentation, increase the competitive edge, and promote the introduction and efficient use of new technologies in all spheres of the information society.The ICT helps in making it possible to put the Lisbon strategy into practice, and to achieve faster economic growth. Both the EU, within the framework of its development initiatives, and the ETSI, the main standardization body, have identified interoperability as a strategic priority in the next three to five years. This is why the Sintesio test center is part of ETSI’s reference technological infrastructure and its long-term strategic orientation.

Sintesio’s added value and contribution can be measured through:

— the early validation of standardization documents and feedback information to the standardization bodies;

— increased cooperation among all the participants in the ICT chain that results in the compatible operation of products and solutions across the entire network (end-to-end);

— proof of interoperability that stems from a real environment; this increases the trust of end users and makes it possible to draw up efficient regulations in important technological and social areas.

Sintesio receives support from important ICT players, such as the following: the operators Telecom Slovenije and Telekom Austria; product and solution manufacturers; test-equipment suppliers; the Directorate for Electronic Communications and the Directorate of the Information Society with the ministries of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia; and APEK, the Slovenian regulatory agency. Sintesio represents an important step in the efforts of Slovenia to become a reference technological site for the development, testing and implementation of new products, solutions, services and applications in the area of ICT.

Constituent Assembly of the SINTESIO foundation

The constituent general assembly of the SINTESIO foundation held on 9 December 2005 in the premises of the Municipality of Bled. All the representatives of the founders were present, namely Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, ETSI, Director General; Andrej Polenec, Iskratel, General Manager; Bogdan Topič, D.Sc., SIST President; Željko Puljič, M.Sc., Iskratel; Marjeta Strle Vidali, M.Sc., SIST Director and Janez Bešter, D.Sc., strategic partner representative – University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

 

The assembly has nominated and elected the following bodies of the SINTESIO foundation:

Assembly:

— Chairman of the Assembly: Marjeta Strle Vidali

— Vice Chairman of the Assembly: Karl Heinz Rosenbrock

Management Board:

— Member of the Management Board: Bogdan Topič, D.Sc.

— Member of the Management Board: Željko Puljič, M.Sc.

— Member of the Management Board: Janez Bešter, D.Sc.

On the first session the members of the Management Board elect a President among themselves.

Professional Council:

— Chairman of the Professional Council: Matjaž Janša, M.Sc., Ministry of Economy

— Vice Chairman of the Professional Council: Anthony Wiles, ETSI o Member of the Professional Council: Martin Brant, Telekom Austria

— Member of the Professional Council: Csaba Szabo, D.Sc., Create-Net Research Consortium Trento

— Member of the Professional Council: Andrej Kos, D.Sc., Faculty of Electrical Engineering

— Member of the Professional Council: Marko Jagodič, D.Sc.

— Member of the Professional Council: Dušan Mitič, Telekom Slovenije

— Member of the Professional Council: Andrej Ciglič, Iskratel

Official lounch of the www.sintesio.org web site

Today, August 18, 2005 the web site www.sintesio.org is officially lounched. The idea of a SINTESIO testlab, which is focusing on NGN interoperability issues is getting alive. For a long time NGN interoperability is recognized by European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI) as a strategic issue. As one of the results of this board decission, ETSI endorsed and co-founded SINTESIO testlab.

Sintesio is currently setting up the testlab facility at the attractive location in Bled, Slovenia. Location with more than 250 square meters will be equipped as a modern testing laboratory with capacity of over 40 permanent working places, required communication infrastructure, structured wireing, isolated equipment under test room, test and measuring equipment. Sintesio testlab will officialy open its door in September.

Along with official lounch of the www.sintesio.org web site, SINTESIO is preliminary announcing the organization of the first interoperability event under supervision of ETSI TISPAN technical body. Companies, which are interested to participate on the event may pre-register for the event on the web site.