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1 Voice Over IP Fundamentals
BAI 613

2 Course Objectives PSTN Fundamentals Voice over IP Technology
Quality of Service VoIP Signaling Protocols Enterprise VoIP

3 The beginning of PSTN The beginning of the PSTN
First voice transmission in 1876 Used a ring-down circuit Only one way Bi-directional evolution Required Carbon microphone Battery Electromagnet Iron diaphragm Cable between each location N x (N – 1)/2 If 10 locations, 45 pairs of lines needed to run into calling location Impractical A central switch allowed location to location connection without multiple lines running to each location Operated by human operators

4 PSTN Basics (1/15) Analog and Digital Signaling
All sound that you hear is in analog form Telephony networks originally based on analog infrastructure Analog communication Time and amplitude Requires amplification over long distances Susceptible to line noise Amplifiers also amplified line noise Known as cumulative noise Digital communication Based on 1’s and 0’s Line noise less of an issue Use repeaters to amplify Repeaters clean signal to original condition (1 or 0) When the benefits of this became evident, telephony migrated to PCM (Pulse Code Modulation)

5 PSTN Basics (2/15) Digital Voice Signals
PCM most common encoding of analog signal to digital PCM uses the Nyquist Theorem Sampling at twice the highest frequency on a voice line results in good quality voice transmission. PCM Process Analog waveform filtered to remove anything greater than 4000 Hz. Filtered signal is sampled at 8000 times per second Converted to discrete digital form. 8 bits * 8000 = 64,000 bits per second Basis for the telephone infrastructure is 64Kbps 2 PCM variations u-law - America a-law – Europe

6 PSTN Basics (3/15) Loops, Trunks, and Interswitch Comms Local Loop
Pair of copper wires running to the demark point (eg Your home, business, etc.) Physically connects simple phone to the central office switch Class 5 switch or end office switch Trunk Communication path between several central office switches Interswitch Communications Central office switches interconnect through trunks to tandem switches (class 4 switches) Higher-layer tandem switches connect local tandem switches

7 PSTN Basics (4/15)

8 PSTN Basics (5/15) PSTN Signaling User-to-network
When using twisted pair, a user connects to the PSTN via analog, ISDN, or T1 carrier Most common method is Dual Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF) DTMF is in-band signaling

9 PSTN Basics (6/15) User-to-Network (cont.) ISDN Out-of-band signaling
Uses a separate channel for signalling B channel (bearer) Voice, data, fax D channel (data or control) Signaling Basic Rate Interface (BRI) Two 64 Kbps B channels One 16 Kbps D channel Primary Rate Interface (PRI) Twenty three 64 Kbps B channels One 64 Kbps D channel

10 PSTN Basics (7/15) Network-to-network Signaling Usually carried via
T1/E1 over twisted pair T1 is Mbps, used in North America E1 is Mbps, used in Europe T3/E3, T4 over coaxial cable T3 carries 28 T1’s or Kbps connections at Mbps E3 carries 16 E1’s or Kbps connections at Mbps T4 carries 168 T1’s or Kbps connections at Mbps T3, T4 over microwave link Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) across fiber OC-3 – Mbps OC-12 – Mbps OC-48 – Gbps

11 PSTN Basics (8/15) Network-to-network (cont.)
Includes in-band signaling methods such as Multi-Frequency (MF) and Robbed Bit Signaling (RBS) Signaling System 7 (SS7) is most common Out-of-band Reduced post-dialing delay Increased call completion Connection to the IN (Intelligent Network)

12 PSTN Basics (9/15) PSTN Services and Applications
Common custom calling features Call waiting Call forwarding Three-way calling CLASS features (as a result of SS7) Call display Call blocking Calling line ID blocking Automatic callback Call return (*69) Inter-exchange features Circuit-switched long distance Calling cards 800/888/877 numbers VPNs Private leased lines Virtual cicuits (Frame Relay or ATM)

13 PSTN Basics (10/15) PSTN Numbering Plans ITU-T NANP
International Numbering Plan NANP North American Numbering Plan NPA-NXX-XXXX NPA – Numbering Plan Area (area code) NXX – Central Office Code N is a value between 2-9 X is a value between 0-9 XXXX – Station Number Some places in the US and Canada require 1+10 digit calling for local calls

14 PSTN Basics (11/15) Drivers Behind Convergence of Voice and Data
Drawbacks to PSTN Data has taken over as primary traffic on many networks build for voice PSTN cannot create and deploy features quickly enough Data/Voice/Video (D/V/V) cannot converge on PSTN as currently built Architecture built for voice not flexible enough to carry data Packet Telephony Drivers Circuit Switching model is breaking into an open standards layered model Standards-Based Packet Infrastructure Layer Open Call-control Layer Open Service Application Layer

15 PSTN Basics (12/15) Packet Telephony Drivers (cont.)
Standards-Based Packet Infrastructure Layer Based on IP RTP (Real-Time Transport Protocol) UDP Used for transporting real-time traffic To date all VoIP signaling protocols utilize RTP/UDP/IP Uses time stamps to determine when a packet is expected, if it was in order, or if it was received Time stamping helps end stations tune settings to mask potential network problems such as delay, jitter, and packet loss. Jitter – the variation of interpacket arrival time, or the difference when a packet is supposed to be received and when it is actually received. Self-Healing Traffic has multiple paths due to dynamic routing protocols

16 PSTN Basics (13/15) Packet Telephony Drivers (cont.)
Open Call-Control Layer The process of making a routing decision about where a call needs to go and making the call happen. Similar to PSTN Call Signaling VoIP call-control protocols SIP H.323 MGCP H.248/Megaco Open Service Application Layer Vendors can release APIs to the products to allow rapid development of applications. E.g. Displaying stocks and weather information

17 PSTN Basics (14/15) VoIP Call Control Protocols H.323
An ITU-T recommendation that specifies how multimedia traffic is carried over packet networks. Complex protocol – not created for simple application development Created to enable multimedia applications to run over unreliable networks MGCP (Evolution from SGCP and IPDC) SGCP and MGCP were developed to enable a central device (Media Gateway Controller) to control endpoints. SIP Described by RFC 3261 Application-layer control protocol for creating, modifying, and terminating sessions with one or more participant

18 PSTN Basics (15/15) VoIP Call Control Protocols (cont.) H.248/MEGACO
Joint effort of IETC and ITU-T Study Group 16 Exploded H.323’s gatekeeper model and removed signaling from the gateway, putting it in a media gateway controller (MGC)

19 Enterprise Telephony Today (1/2)
Similarities Between PSTN and ET Circuit Switching Common Infrastructure Model Local Loop Common Services Differences between PSTN and ET Signaling PSTN uses signaling interfaces developed by industry bodies PBX manufacturers use proprietary protocols to enable features on their equipment Services Offered ET requirements are much greater than typical residential users

20 Enterprise Telephony Today (2/2)
Common ET and PSTN Internetworking ET must eventually interconnect with the PSTN 5 common designs Simple business line Uses a line directly from the PSTN as a business line PBX A Private Branch Exchange provides many advanced features Usually connects to the PSTN via a T1 or E1 cicuit Key-System Similar to a PBX, with less features Used typically for 50 people or less Centrex Line Provided and managed by the LEC (Local Exchange Carrier) or CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) Virtual Private Networks The PSTN contains a private dial plan for the business

21 Basic Telephony Signaling (1/4)
Direct Current Signaling Relies on DC to signal the end switch or office Toggles on or off the flow of DC Uses two arrangements Subscriber Loop When subscriber goes off-hook, CD -48V flows across the line or loop between telephone and CO When subscriber goes on-hook, the capacitor in the telephone blocks the flow of current E & M (recEive and transMit) Uses a form of DC signaling to indicate state changes on trunks or tie-lines

22 Basic Telephony Signaling (2/4)
In-Band and Out-of-Band Signaling Single Frequency Used for interoffice trunks Has two states: On-hook or idle Off-hook or busy Multi Frequency Used by interoffice trunks to indicate events Seizure Release Answer Acknowledge Transmit information such as calling party number DTMF Used to transmit telephone number digits from the subscriber to the local office

23 Basic Telephony Signaling (3/4)
Local-Start and Ground-Start Signaling Local-Start Simplest and least intelligent Works same way as the telephone and local end office Initiates and closes a call by creating and closing a loop Glare can occur Two end points try to seize the line at the same time, resulting in two people being connected unknowingly Ground-Start Preferred method for PBX Provides positive recognition of connects and disconnects Current detection determines which end initiated a call Reduces Glare

24 Basic Telephony Signaling (4/4)
Channel-Associated-Signaling (CAS) & Common-Channel Signaling (CCS) CAS carries signaling info in the voice path itself Robs a bit from the voice transmission channel (Robbed Bit Signaling) CCS uses a separate signaling path Faster and more flexible than CAS Method used today is known as Signaling System 7 (SS7) or in Canada as CCS

25 PSTN Services (1/3) POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)
Standard Telephony Service Dial Tone Access to national and international carriers 911 service Custom calling features Call waiting, call forwarding, etc. Voice mail Custom Local Area Signaling Service (CLASS) Call trace Auto-callback Caller ID Call number blocking

26 PSTN Services (2/3) Business Services Virtual Private Voice Networks
Alternative to Tie Lines Centrex Services The Telco contains, maintains, and managing the equipment and all the services Provides many features found in PBX Less expensive than maintaining own PBX for small company Call Center Services Automatic call distribution (ACD) Service Provider Services Database Services 800 number services 900 number services Calling Card services Authorization services

27 PSTN Services (3/3) Service Provider Services (cont.)
Operator Services Toll and Assistance Directory Assistance Billing Services

28 Reading Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 5
Exclude detailed E&M Signaling Page 50 – 54 Exclude Page 55-77 Chapter 5

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