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MAPS™ SIP I Protocol Emulator
(SIP-I and SIP-T Protocol Emulation)

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Background

VoIP networks predominantly use SIP to setup and tear down voice calls and increasingly for video and multimedia calls. PSTN networks predominantly use SS7 to do the same. PSTN SS7 signaling is quite different from SIP signaling and in many cases PSTN SS7 signaling may be richer than SIP. There may be no one-to-one correspondence between SIP signaling messages and SS7 signaling messages. Also, it may not be possible to enhance SIP to accommodate the additional features of SS7, and vice-a-versa.

Another consideration, the mobile network is evolving to an all IP network; hence it is advantageous to transport voice using SIP with SS7 routing capabilities intact - thus the need for SIP to SS7 interworking. When a SIP-I is used to bridge the SS7 endpoints, the ISUP messages are carried (encapsulated) along with SIP signaling messages.

Overview

GL’s Message Automation & Protocol Simulation (MAPS™) is an advanced protocol simulator/tester traffic generator for SIP-ISUP simulation over IP. MAPS™ SIP I can simulate SIP-ISUP signaling specification as defined by the ITU / IETF standards ITU-T Q.1912.5.

MAPS™ product for SIP-I provides only the IP side of the Gateway at both ingress and/or egress depending on what one is trying to emulate. In general, MAPS™ is a powerful Protocol Test platform, supporting a wide range of protocols including TDM, IP, and Wireless infrastructure protocols.

MAPS™ SIP I is designed for SIP-I Testing can simulate Signaling Gateway / Softswitch as a User Agents Client (UAC), which sends SIP requests with ISUP message and User Agent Server (UAS), receiving and returning SIP responses with proper ISUP message attached.

The application is available as

  • MAPS™ SIP I (Item # PKS126)

The MAPS™ SIP I supports powerful tools like Message Editor, Script Editor and Profile Editor which allow new scenarios to be created or existing scenarios to be modified using SIP-I messages and parameters. It gives the flexibility of modifying any message so that we can easily duplicate the messages generated by any entity to resolve interoperability issues.

With the purchase of RTP Core license (PKS102), MAPS™ SIP I supports transmission and detection of various RTP traffic such as, digits, voice file, single tone, dual tones, IVR, FAX*, and Video*. With regular RTP traffic, the maximum Simultaneous Calls up to 2500, and Calls per Second up to 250 is achievable. Almost all industry standard voice codec supported.

GL’s MAPS™ SIP I is also available in High Density version (requires a special purpose network appliance and PKS109 RTP HD licenses). This is capable of high call intensity (hundreds of calls/sec) and high volume of sustained calls (tens of thousands of simultaneous calls/platform).

** Some of these traffic types requires additional licenses – contact GL for more information

Also supports various traffic events simulation during the course of a call, which is listed below:

Signaling Events

  • Answer Call - Used to Accept the Call from DUT
  • Place Call - Places the Call to other End by initiating the Invite Message.
  • Terminate - Terminates the call using BYE Method

RTP Traffic Events – digits, tones, files

  • Send File, Receive File, Stop Send File
  • Send Digits, Detect Digits, Stop Send Digits
  • Send Test Tone, Detect Test Tone
  • Send Tone, Detect Tone, Stop Send Tone

MAPS™ SIP-I also supports command line interface to remotely control MAPS™ from client environment. The MAPS™ APIs allows for programmatic and automated control over all MAPS™ platforms. Each MAPS™ server can receive multiple client connections (such as TCL, Python, VBScript, Java, or .Net) via APIs for complete automation.

GL also provides a Packet Analyzer for on-line capture and decode of the SIP signaling in real-time both during tests and as a stand-alone tracer for live systems.

Main Features

Signaling

  • Supports both UDP and TCP (Ipv4 and Ipv6).
  • Generates and processes SIP-I valid and invalid messages.
  • Each SIP-I message template facilitates customization of the protocol fields and access to the various protocol fields from the scripts
  • Handles Retransmissions and Remote Retransmissions.
  • Supports Call hold, Call redirect, Bind Call Transfer, auto call rejection, and silence packets generation.

Traffic

  • Supports transmission and detection of various RTP traffic such as, digits, voice file, single tone, and dual tones in IP networks.
  • Supports various codecs in the Session Description Protocol (SDP)
  • Supports Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (or SRTP) traffic initialized over TLS (Transport Layer Security) or SSL (OpenSSL)
  • Supports both RTP G.711 Pass Through Fax Simulation and T.38 Fax Simulation over UDPTL.
  • User-defined global statistics for received RTP audio quality metrics are updated periodically on run time
  • Bulk Video Call Generation supported with H.264 and H.263 video codecs
  • Supports almost all industry standard codec types - G.711 (mu-Law and A-Law), G.722, G.729, G.726, GSM, AMR, EVRC, SMV, iLBC, SPEEX, EVS, OPUS, and more. *AMR and EVRC variants require additional licenses. Click here for comprehensive information on supported codecs.

Other Features

  • 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 - handles increased call rate of up to 2000 calls with high volume traffic.
  • Supports IP address spoofing to generate SIP calls using different IP addresses from a single system.

CLI

  • Supports Client-Server functionality requires additional license; supported clients are TCL, Python, VBScript, and Java

Applications

  • Simulates Signaling Gateway, Softswitch with SIP-I (Profile C) support to test interworking of PSTN services over IP networks
  • Fully integrated, complete test environment for SIP-I or SIP-T
  • Inter-operability testing of networks

Supported Protocol Standards

Supported Protocols Specification Used
SIP-I (Profile-C)

ITU Q.1912.5 - Interworking between Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and ISDN User Part

ND1007:2001/07, PNO-ISC/SPEC/007-  Interworking between Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and UK ISDN User Part (UK ISUP)

SIP-T

IETF RFC 3372

Typical SIP-I Procedure

As shown below, the ingress gateway, the IP Network, and egress gateway provide a bridge for the SS7 signaling and traffic. SIP-I provides a framework for the integration of ISUP with SIP. The ingress and egress gateways, at the point of interconnection provide the SS7 ISUP message encapsulation and vice-versa. RTP is used to carry voice traffic as usual within the SIP network from gateway-to-gateway.

SIP-I Typical Call Flow

For UAS testing, scripts are used to ensure MAPS™ SIP-I act as UAC sending INVITE - INTIAL ADDRESS message. The response message is received from the DUT (UAS) establishing media as seen in the message sequence window below.

In UAC testing, MAPS™ SIP-I is loaded with a set of inbuilt scripts to handle the incoming messages. MAPS™ SIP-I acts as UAS and sends 180 Ringing – ADDRESS COMPLETE response for the request message from DUT (UAC).


Call Generation at UAC handling Audio and Video calls

Call Reception at UAS

Secure RTP (SRTP) Traffic Simulation

MAPS™ SIP-I supports Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (or SRTP) traffic initialized over TLS (Transport Layer Security) Transport / SSL (OpenSSL) with a Certificate and Key. SIP-I is a signaling protocol, and carries traffic (voice, digits, tone, IVR, FAX, data) using RTP. To Secure traffic communication between the Client-server, MAPS™ application uses the TLS protocol across a network, adding SRTP (secure RTP) to encrypt the actual media portion of the calls preventing eavesdropping and tampering.

Secured communication uses cryptographic protocols - Transport Layer Security (TLS) and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), both are referred as 'SSL'.


SRTP Audio Call Generation


SRTP Audio Call Reception

Load from MAPS main page

Screenshots

Testbed Setup to configure MAPS™ SIP-I
Load Generation Parameters

Script Editor
Profile Editor
       

Script Contents and Script Flow
Call Statistics

Call Graph
Message Stats
       

Call Events Log


User defined Statistics

Message Editor for
ISUP Messages
 

Buyer's Guide

Please Note: The XX in the Item No. refers to the hardware platform, listed at the bottom of the Buyer's Guide, which the software will be running on. Therefore, XX can either be ETA or EEA (Octal/Quad Boards), PTA or PEA (tProbe Units), UTA or UEA (USB Units), HUT or HUE (Universal Cards), and HDT or HDE (HD cards) depending upon the hardware.

 Item No. MAPS™ SIP-I Protocol Emulation

PKS126

MAPS™ SIP I Emulator

PKS120
PKS121

MAPS™ SIP Emulator
SIP Conformance Test Suite (Test Scripts)



 
 
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