Next-Generation Network (NGN) is a telecommunications network that manages different types of traffic such as data, voice and multimedia. It combines different service provider networks such as a traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN), the Internet, or a data network – and sometimes wireless networks.
The announcement of GL Communications’ (News - Alert) release of its latest automated Voice Feature Testing Application for NGNs allows engineers to test voice quality with common platform and common software more effectively.
The NGN features can be tested using the standard emulation software platform with a library of functional capabilities. Message Automation and Protocol Simulation (MAPS) is a telecommunications protocol emulator. With the addition of specific MAPS CAS and MAPS SIP products, voice features of NGNs can be tested and verified.
As new services are deployed, organizations have to comply with communications regulations. With this app, it is possible to create compliance tests for different levels of voice features, simple and complex.
The benefit of having a testing mechanism for NGNs is that software-based services are upgraded, changed or deleted. Issues related to upgrades necessitate tests every time the upgrade takes place.
Having an automated testing tool can save organizations immensely in human labor cost and capital.
Residence and enterprise architecture depend on different sets of technology to transmit voice and other types of data. Enterprises use Ethernet with Internet Protocol (IP) for transporting and signaling and residences use Bulk Call Generators/Receivers. New technologies such as Wi-Fi and 3G/4G phones are being introduced for residences, but voice feature testing will still be an important aspect of ensuring the quality of the data being transmitted.
In the case of enterprises, future architectures will integrate more office communication tools, including SMS, IM, voice and more services requiring testing for higher-quality delivery.
GL Communications, Inc. was founded in 1986 and has been supplying the market with test, monitoring and analysis equipment for IP, TDM, VoIP and Wireless networks. The testing tools are designed to give the user the ability to capture, store and visualize the system that is being tested.
Edited by Braden Becker