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1 What is a telephone and how does it work? How does the phone network work? How are calls routed in the phone network? Newer technologies: IVR, DOV.

2 Hub of the city’s phone network. Large city might have several central offices (Boulder: 492, 494, 499, 449, etc..) Central office: –provides power for your phone –routes your calls –bills you Pair of wires from your home to CO is called the local loop.

3 Rotary or pulse dialing : –Send as many pulses as the number being dialed, e.g.., 5 pulses for a five, 9 pulses for a nine, etc. Touch-tone or Dual tone multifrequency: –Each row and column has a different tone associated with it. –Two tones are produced simultaneously, associated with the corresponding row and column.

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5 Off-hook signal Dial Tone Pulses or touch-tones Ringback tone /busy signal Conversation Call waiting tone Flash signal On-hook signal Phone Company Central Office

6 AT&T Telephone Network Hierarchy

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8 Hierarchical Routing Structure Regional Center Sectional Center Primary Center Toll Center End Office Most traffic is carried by the trunks at the regional and sectional levels. The trunks shown by dashed line represent redundant paths. Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5

9 Hierarchical routing : Only one fixed path for each call in the 5-level hierarchy, e.g.., 5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5 Redundant links between different levels of the hierarchy provide alternate routes, but the network is still static.

10 Dynamic routing : Several alternate paths. Selects route based on the current state of the network. Considers time of day, and day of week. Strategies Centralized versus distributed Time-dependent versus Adaptive.

11 X K Y J I Route a Route b Route c Route d Denver New York Chicago Seattle Pittsburgh

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14 Provide specific information based on caller’s input (as opposed to simple routing): Credit card companies (Visa) Banks Parts ordering (dealerships, Avon, etc.) Brokerage companies (stock quotations) Automated fax back services IVR is another form of disintermediation

15 Data-over-voice : superimpose data and voice on the same copper wire. Separate and direct them properly. Digital Data over voice : similar to DOV, but in this case both data and voice are sent digitally. This is more reliable, and less error- prone.

16 Digital Data over Voice (DDOV) from Pacific Bell DVM: Data Voice Multiplexer CDVM: Central Office Data Voice Multiplexer. (Source: Pacific Bell) Pacific Bell Digital Data Over Voice (DDOV) service allows the simultaneous transmission of digital data at speeds of 2.4, 4.8, 9.6 or 19.2 Kbps and voice frequency operation over the same two-wire exchange voice grade non-loaded loop facility.

17 New Services Most phone companies provide the following services: Call forwarding, 3-way calling, voice mail, distinctive ring, call waiting, etc. Advanced services Unified messaging: Integration of fax, email, voice mail) Number portability for cell phones: Allows subscribers to change service provider, location and type of service, and keep the same telephone number (coming!?). Five minutes: What are some other new services that you care about?

18 OVERVIEW OF TELEPHONE NETWORK, SWITCHING CONCEPTS AND PBXs What is a Switch? Switching Principles? What is a PBX? What is a call center? What are special phone services?

19 Point to point lines If we could have point to point lines between all senders and all receivers, then we would not need switching.

20 Switching Imagine point to point lines between all pairs of people: # of people # of lines 213 10 45 100 4950 1000 0.5 million In general, for n people, # of lines = n(n-1) 2 162 mill. Hosts > 13 Quadrillion

21 The Good Old Days

22 The Even Better Present Time A technician replaces a line card in the telephone switch. A card handles 24 telephones. Source: http://www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KCC/circuit/99ci/ci0699x.shtml

23 Denver NY City

24 Switch Bob AliceJane Dick John Beth Dave Lines or wires from everybody's house go into the switch When a call is placed, the switch creates a temporary link between these lines. Bob Dave Alice Dick

25 Types of switching CIRCUIT SWITCHING: creates a continuous, dedicated path between sender and receiver. Must set up an end to end path before any data can be sent. PACKET SWITCHING: No dedicated path between sender and receiver. Examples:

26 Circuit versus Packet Switching Circuit Switching Source: Tannenbaum, Computer Networks, 3rd Ed., 1996 Packet Switching

27 A simple switch

28 Circuit switching Space division switches: Signal paths are physically separate from one another (i.e. divided in space). –Single-stage –Multi-stage Time-division switches: Same path is shared by multiple streams (division in time) Modern switches are combination switches

29 1 3 2 5 4 6 8 7 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Input Lines Output Lines Crossbar Switch (also called Crosspoint switch)

30 Blocking Blocking means that even if two parties are free they cannot call one another because of congestion in the switch (“All circuits are busy, try later!!”). If one or both parties are busy, then it is not a case of blocking. Single stage, space division switches are non- blocking Multi-stage, space division switches are blocking Time-division switches are usually non-blocking.

31 1 2 3 9 8 7 6 5 4 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 9 Three Stage Space Division Switch 4 8

32 Examples of Crossbar Switches Source: Tannenbaum, Computer Networks, 3rd Ed., 1996 Number of crosspoints =

33 1 2 3 4 5 6 Control Logic 1-5 2-3 3-2 4-6 5-1 6-4 Control Memory Memory contains the calls in progress. Control logic opens and closes gates. Each call gets a slot in a cycle. 1 cycle = 125 micro sec.

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35 Both time and space switching is required in large (greater than 10,000) digital switching offices because with the current technology, a time slot interchange (TSI) cannot be built fast enough to handle more than 1000-2000 lines. (There are also TSSST switches for larger number of channels.) Both Time and Space Switching Needed TSM N x k 1 1 NN STS Source: Bellamy, John. Digital Telephony. 2 nd Edition. Space Switch Inlet Memory Inlet Memory Inlet Memory Inlet Memory Inlet Memory Inlet Memory NN 1 2 1 2 TST STS – simpler control requirements TST – better for large switches with heavy load traffic (ie. No.4 ESS can service over 100,000 lines) (TSM: Time Switch Module)

36 TSM n x k (N/n) x (N/n) k x n TSSST Switching Structure Inlet time stage Space stage Space stage Space stage Outlet time stage Source: Bellamy, John. Digital Telephony. 2 nd Edition.

37 PBX (Private Branch Exchange) First generation : late 1800s, manual operator Second generation: 1930, no operator required Second and half generation: 1970, Computerized Business Exchange. –computer controlled switches –programmable, more intelligent –least cost routing of phone calls 3rd/4th generation: 1980 -, AT&T Definity 75/85. –“All digital” switching –Both computer data and voice –Simultaneous voice and data –Non-blocking operation. Switchboard for a company or university.

38 CENTREX A Centrex (Central Office Exchange Service) is similar to PBX, but owned and maintained by phone company. Cost is 20 to 50% higher than the cost of plain telephone lines.

39 Call Center More than $50 Billion business in North America. Growing at 20% per year. A central place where customer calls are routed by an organization, usually with some amount of computer automation. Sophisticated Routing: Ability to handle a considerable volume of calls at the same time, to screen calls and forward them to someone qualified to handle them, and to log calls. Call centers are used by: mail-order catalog organizations, telemarketing companies, computer product help desks, and any large organization that uses the telephone to sell or service products and services. Achieve economies of scale associated with mass call handling and yet give callers a tailored feel.

40 Advanced call routing Skills based routing instead of “next-available-agent.” Key customers can move higher in the queue or be routed to agents assigned to their account. Callers who placed service calls within the last 24 hours can be routed to the agent they originally spoke to. Calls can be routed to a properly skilled agent, depending on the products or services previously purchased. A telemarketing group can route calls to agents with the highest closing ratios in order to increase sales revenues. Challenges: supporting multiple types of transactions; multiple skills. Improve speed and quality of call based on information in the database, and input provided by caller (e.g., IVR). Examples: Bus_136: IVR=Interactive Voice Response Bus_136: IVR=Interactive Voice Response

41 Summary Switching is a very important telecommunications technology. Switching technology has become very fast (nano- second speeds). Switches are essentially computers with millions of lines of software. Computer telephony integration (CTI) has made it possible to develop very sophisticated PBXs and call centers. Vendors are coming out with newer products and features every day in telephony equipment. The telephone system is moving closer to becoming all digital except for the local loop which is still analog.


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