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JDSU Signal Analyzer Software Suite
Technical Overview
Signaling Analyzer Software

Key Features

• Modular hardware and software delivers advanced capabilities to address current mobile network testing requirements • Intuitive user interface sets the standards for troubleshooting performance and analysis • Rapidly turns overwhelming amount of data into actionable information • Unique drill down capabilities enables quick isolation of elusive network problems

Distributed Network Analyzers Figure 1

Applications • Call trace for rapid troubleshooting and rapid isolation • Graphical statistics and KPIs • Shows variety of information elements focus on higher layer protocols • Deciphering provides high performance real-time automatic deciphering of Iub and Gb links

With continual waves of new mobile network technology, testing can become a daunting task. Successful analysis of these new technologies and services produces significant testing requirements. Without the right tools, testing can quickly consume an organization and result in technology deployment delays. JDSU’s modular software and modular hardware delivers advanced capabilities needed to address your current mobile network testing requirements, and expansion flexibility to tackle future needs. The most powerful mobile network analysis software in the industry, Signaling Analyzer’s intuitive user interface sets the standard for troubleshooting and performance analysis. See network problems as they occur. Use the application software to rapidly turn an overwhelming amount of data into actionable information. An unparalleled “drill down” software capability enables quick isolation of elusive network problems. The high-performance, client server architecture delivers a breakthrough in troubleshooting methodology. JDSU’s multi-user architecture delivers high performance testing for clients who need to run independent tests simultaneously using a common set of hardware probes. From the physical layer through to service specific profiling and performance testing, the Signaling Analyzer software platform enables network equipment manufactures to rapidly build, test and deploy new services and technologies for the 3G evolution.

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Signal Analyzer Software Suite

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Solution Building Blocks JDSU can help you build a solution that fits your specific mobile network needs. Typical solution components include: • A DNA hardware probe for each interface to be measured. DNA probes use a line interface module to connect to target interfaces. See Figure 1. • Signaling Analyzer software running on a PC for each user. In addition to traditional licensing where software permanently resides on a single PC, JDSU uses industry-leading FlexNet licensing technology to allow a team to share a fixed number of floating licenses.
Required software Optional software

JDSU’s modular software design delivers advanced capabilities that can be added to Signaling Analyzer. (+ indicates additional technology option support) • • • • • • • • • • • • UMTS UTRAN optimizer 3GPP deciphering SART UPA (UMTS Performance Analyzer) export GAN and UMA software (+GSM) IMA Demux and channelization Drive test import (+CDMA) Optional applications supported across all technology options include: Call Manager client and Call Manager database Multi-User Server XML API

Signaling Analyzer base client software provides: • Configuration and control of DNA probes • Importation and filtering of data collected by DNA probes • Analysis of collected data such as decodes and call trace
Technology options offer protocol-rich analysis for:

Software update service

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LTE UMTS IMS CMAOne/CMDA2000 GSM/GPRS/EDGE SS7

JDSU continually enhances Signaling Analyzer software with new features and enhancements. Software Update Service (SUS), allows you to stay current and take advantage of leading‑edge industry improvements. Customers who purchase SUS take advantage of JDSU’s engineering investment directed at adding continual enhancements to Signaling Analyzer.

All clients have simultaneous yet fully independent access to data flowing through the same hardware platform without impacting or limiting performance of the overall system. Flexible data logging options enables the user to choose how and where to capture and save data. yields a detailed historic analysis of millions of calls over great time spans. Signaling Analyzer (XML) API makes available an XML-based application programming interface to all major functions within the Signaling Analyzer. Hardware data filtering achieves an environment where you can choose what data subset to capture and analyze. This includes intelligent UMTS control plane versus user plane filters.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 3 Application and Measurement Highlights Call trace. Obtain accurate measurement results in full compliance with what a UMTS RNC and the network is actually doing and decisions made by an intelligent 3G UMTS network. a database-enabled analysis application. Use the API to control the Signaling Analyzer in an automated regression test system. Pseudo RNC RLC/MAC reassembly enables the Signaling Analyzer to perform RNC-like frame selection on a per-call basis before analysis of the data. Decodes display the contents of every reassembled frame and message. Flexible traffic overview presents a high level picture of the traffic and messages being analyzed. R5 high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) software provides full support for analysis including call trace. Graphical statistics and KPIs show graphical statistics for a variety of information elements. and resolve usage questions efficiently. gives you one line view of the call. View filtering allows for flexible view filtering based on any information element in higher‑layer protocols. a graphical call visualization engine and the cornerstone application for rapid troubleshooting and problem isolation. On-line help and context-sensitive help for all measurements and applications allow you to get up to speed quickly. View counts and ratios for message types to cause values and specific information elements within protocols such as SIR values in NBAP dedicated measurement reports. Tabular statistics and KPIs make available a range of tabular statistics such as FER/BLER per NodeB/BTS. focused on higher layer protocols. Most tabular statistics have a unique drill-down capability to the call trace application. Auto Configuration allows for full AAL-2 channel auto configuration over a complex UMTS Iub interface. IMSI-based SAI/LAC analysis and more. Deciphering provides high performance. real-time automatic deciphering of Iub and Gb links. Multi-User Server enables high‑performance multi‑client analysis of up to 30 clients in a single solution. Call Manager. quality distribution analysis. statistics. Drill down to messages and decodes. . Rx total wideband power analysis. Tx carrier power analysis. decodes and reassembly of all supported Release 5 protocols and radio channels including HS-DSCH. and calculates call-specific KPIs for each call detected.

Virtually any important information element in any layer of the protocol stack can be shown in the message overview. select the information elements of interest. Figure 2. and go from any frame or message to which the graphical call trace the highlighted message belongs.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 4 Traffic Overview Flexible traffic overview and decodes Signaling Analyzer features a flexible traffic overview display. This makes it easier for engineers to troubleshoot. Deciphering Iub and Gb deciphering is a completely auto-configured application. When needed. Signaling Analyzer traffic overview and decodes . See Figure 2. hundreds of standard and proprietary protocol decodes are available to help interpret the protocols as they appear on the network. Right click. Turn deciphering on with a single mouse click and the application will automatically decipher ciphered frames if the ciphering keys are captured on Iu or Gr interfaces.

Figure 3. is a powerful expert analysis display for rapid troubleshooting and accurate performance analysis. call type. For each call discovered. A large number of calls/sessions can be displayed densely for efficient troubleshooting. etc. • Express and custom drill down for rapid analysis and problem isolation of calls with same or similar elements.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 5 Call Trace Call trace features • • • • Graphical. the cornerstone of Signaling Analyzer. See Figure 3. the application produces a user-configurable window that contains a single line. user definable representation of calls/sessions and errors Wide variety of per call KPIs Unique group and ungroup message function Detailed call trace based filters that will filter on location (cell). graphical representation with phase graphics. (un) successful calls. subscriber (IMSI). handset (IMEI). Signaling Analyzer Iub-Iu call trace . traits or profile • Drill down graphical ladder diagram of the selected call • Voice and video export and playback • Line graphs for detailed RF quality and optimization analysis • CDR generation and CSV output for future analysis in other SW application The call trace application.

etc. Figure 4. Downlink Octets. Uplink Max Bit Rate.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 6 Call Trace Embedded KPIs and Group Function Choose from a wide variety of user-definable embedded call information and KPIs in each call. With another mouse click. go from millions of messages to a filtered view of messages belonging to the call of interest. SRNC Identity. IMEI. Setup Time. filter and group the messages belonging to that specific call in the traffic overview for easy and efficient troubleshooting. Signaling Analyzer embedded call trace KPIs selection . With one click. A partial list of available information and KPIs that are optionally displayed in each call trace include (examples from Iu and Iub call trace profiles only): IMSI. Clear Down Time. Call trace based group function The Signaling Analyzer includes a unique group and ungroup function. LAC. RRC Release Cause. RAC. NBAP Cause. Cell Identifier. Uplink Octets. Another mouse click on the group button ungroups the messages so all the messages captured can be viewed in the traffic overview. Node B Communication Context ID. Downlink Max Bit Rate. See Figure 4. RRC Rejection Cause. S-RNTI. SAC. The group and ungroup function can also be used without directly drilling down to messages and decodes from the call trace window. CRNC Communication Context ID. Downlink Bit Rate. Uplink Bit Rate.

With this functionality enabled. LAC. See Figure 5. duration of call. only the calls that meet the call trace criteria will be displayed. Specify the criteria to start call tracing on elements such as successful versus unsuccessful.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 7 Call Trace Filters Software filters Signaling Analyzer comes with a large variety of call trace based filters. IMEI. Figure 5. IMSI. RAC and several types of protocol-related cause values. Signaling Analyzer call trace configuration window . TMSI.

with similar performance or other criteria from among thousands of calls. Find a specific call or several calls from the same subscriber.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 8 Call Trace Express and Custom Drill Down Call trace includes built-in drill down functionality to quickly search and filter. at the same location. with the same failure cause. Use any available call trace column or field to drill down. Are you looking for one or two calls among thousands? It’s easy with express and custom drill down. Figure 6. Signaling Analyzer call trace custom drill down . See Figure 6.

Signaling Analyzer call trace sequence diagram .Signal Analyzer Software Suite 9 Call Trace Sequence Diagram Use sequence diagram to graphically view a call. This ladder diagram shows the messages of a call over one or multiple interfaces. Click any of the sequence diagram messages in the diagram and drill down to the corresponding message in traffic overview and view the message decode. All functions in Signaling Analyzer are integrated and allow for drill down and drill out. See Figure 7. Figure 7. Add message numbers or time stamps to the diagram to annotate a particular message in a call. Print or save the diagram in a graphical format.

Signaling Analyzer supports MPEG4 codec with AMR audio with QuickTime as the player. A simple right click on a specific graphical call trace provides the option of extracting and playing back a voice conversation or video. and played back. macrodiversity and soft handover behavior. Use Signaling Analyzer’s suite of line graph statistics for network optimization. Video. This allows you to easily identify and analyze service degradation over time for specific calls. voice and video traffic will also be captured. the plots intelligently follow channel switching.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 10 Call Trace Voice. See Figure 8b. See Figure 8a. For video. The statistics feature profiles plot important power metrics and RLC/ MAC block quality overlaid throughout the call. . Line graph statistics are done on a per-call level. Plot important network performance and quality parameters over time. As well. Line graph statistics profiles include: • FP analysis traffic • FP analysis signaling • FP analysis IP TFI (packet RAB efficiency analysis) • NBAP dedicated SIR analysis • RRC CPICH EC/NO analysis Figure 8b. Signaling Analyzer FP analysis line graphs showing SIR. and Line Graphs Voice and video export and playback When Signaling Analyzer captures all data without any user plane filters enabled. Call trace driven line graphs Figure 8a. QE and CRCI over time in one graph for a specific call. saved. The voice or video on specific interfaces can be easily extracted.

Call trace data is available as raw data in a CSV file format. See Figure 9. CDRs. GPRS. GSM. Signaling Analyzer provides higher-layer protocol content. The types of statistics supported range from message type. messages and information elements.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 11 Call Trace CSV Output. Set your own thresholds for color coding columns in addition to making the statistics calculations in predefined time intervals. and SS7). Graphical statistics and KPIs Calculate statistics and graphically visualize a variety of packets. Feed CDRs through a proprietary flow client mechanism to a specified server IP address where the Call Manager database is installed and running. IMS. The software comes with a wide range of predefined statistics for supported technologies (UMTS. to specific information elements within protocols. to cause values. Two levels of details can be saved to the CSV file format: • Call correlated messages with all the message detail available in the traffic overview • Call trace information found in the graphical user interface CDR generation for Call Manager Call trace generates CDRs for later analysis using the Call Manager software application. Figure 9. Graphical statistics example shows UMTS Iu KPIs and QE (quality estimate) in user plane statistics . and KPIs Call trace CSV output Use the CSV export capability to make information available to other post-processing applications.

Rx total wideband power analysis. Figure 10. SAI/ LAC analysis and more. Tabular statistics are designed to show overall network performance and identify quality degradation by customer. The application performs a range of tabular statistics such as FER/BLER per Node B. Most tabular statistics have a unique drill down capability to the call trace application. QE distribution analysis. See Figure 10. location. Tx carrier power analysis. IMSI analysis.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 12 Call Trace Tabular Statistics Tabular statistics Run statistics and visualize the results in a tabular format. Signaling Analyzer tabular statistics highlights BLER and FER in addition to QE distributions per Node B . network node or network segment.

Filter on both physical and logical linksets. . Hardware filtering DNA hardware has a range of intelligent hardware filters. Reassembly. Flexible data logging options Configure logging intervals during which capture data log files are automatically created. and Logging Auto configuration Signaling Analyzer’s intelligent Iub auto configuration application allows users to configure the most complex interface in the mobile network in a few minutes compared to hours or days with a traditional protocol analyzer. Filtering. Signaling Analyzer gives you the ability to log by data capture size. 3 Gigabytes or 8 Gigabytes. Pseudo RNC RLC/MAC reassembly To get correct measurement results from both user and network points of view. 1 hour. and macrodiversity behavior. To aid optimization and troubleshooting in the RAN. and also non‑protocol related content. In addition to time-based logging. This includes the filtering and reliable separation of control and user plane in complex radio access networks. Filtering criteria includes both the information elements in each level of the protocol stack. 2 hours etc. the DNA is able to filter on a wide variety of lower-layer parameters to enable isolated analysis on a particular base station cluster or single base station. Software view filters supported provide display flexibility. This capability provides the foundation for intelligent and correct UTRAN analysis. time-based and text string match with decodes. tools must emulate the way the RNC would handle traffic and make decisions concerning which RLC/MAC blocks to use and which to discard. while the distributed network analyzer probes support hardware-based data filters. for example 500 Megabytes. Software view filtering The Signaling Analyzer software supports view filtering. message validity. View filters can also be used inside any application to filter application results such as statistics and call traces. RRC states. hardware filters are crucial for efficient core network analysis to ensure that the user is looking at only the most pertinent data and information available. Signaling Analyzer includes a pseudo‑RNC function that emulates the functionality of the RNC in handling RLC/ MAC modes. various events. Combine logically and/or filtering criteria with filters as a “match” (filter in) or “do not match” (filter out). The Signaling Analyzer for UMTS features full Iub interface auto configuration of AAL-2. In addition to its intelligent upper-layer filtering capability. control and user plane channels.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 13 Auto Configuration. dedicated and common. All key information elements in each protocol stack can serve as filtering criteria. Specify configurations for time‑based logging such as 30 minutes.

See Figure 12. multi-interface analysis. multi-segment. Figure 12. The application works for multiple real-time. . Realize efficiency gains as engineers and subject-matter experts have independent analysis of traffic coming from a network or test bed. The system’s architecture allows for correlation of data coming from multiple independent probes. The fixed installed hardware footprint eliminates the need for the continuous re-cabling and reconfiguration experienced with the traditional box approach to protocol analysis. This scaleable approach produces gives clients high‑performance. JDSU DNAs in a multi-user configuration can be rack mounted. Up to 30 clients have concurrent access to the data collected and aggregated from multiple DNA platforms. time-synchronized. See Figure 11. Clients can remotely access the DNAs via a Multi-User Server.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 14 Multi-User Server Signaling Analyzer Multi-User Server is an application designed for organizations that need distributed measurement and analysis. DNA DNA IP network DNA Multi-user client Multi-user client Multi-User Server DNA Multi-user client DNA Multi-user client Figure 11.

service assurance. When calls made an hour ago or a month ago are equally important to the calls made during the troubleshooting and analysis session.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 15 Call Manager Perform efficient historic analysis over hours. . troubleshooting. A simple multi-user system allows several users to perform protocol analysis in real time while another group of users simultaneously perform historic and pseudo-real time analysis of millions of calls residing in the Call Manager database. or network maintenance to work with vast amounts of data in an application framework optimized for flexible and rapid analysis from thousands to millions of calls. Call Manager correlates these calls in a simple and efficient view. days. Enable engineers who are tasked with service optimization. Deploying Call Manager as an integrated part of JDSU’s multi‑user analysis system yields high-performance analysis of a loaded network. data and measurement distribution Figure 13. filtering. Network and Signaling Analyzer clients Call Manager clients Distributed performance manager Multi-User Server(s) Multi-user architecture Centralized configuration and management Interleaving. The CDR and database‑enabled Call Manager excels when the need for managing an overwhelming amount of data and calls exists. weeks and months of time. Call Manager is integrated into the existing analysis framework where the graphical call trace is the foundation and cornerstone troubleshooting application. See Figure 13. correlation.

The product allows Signaling Analyzer software to acquire IMA measurements and present this information in the Signaling Analyzer environment. full-featured API enables test automation with accessibility of virtually any major function of the software to get access to test results with minimal manual engineering effort.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 16 Other Add-in Software Applications IMA (inverse multiplexing of ATM) Does your UMTS network include IMA technology to transport ATM traffic over a bundle of T1 or E1 cables? Looking at individual E1/T1 links. With JDSU’s architecture. Signaling Analyzer XML API The Signaling Analyzer API provides an XML-based application programming interface to all major functions and applications within the Signaling Analyzer. Demux and channelization for ATM and HDLC is included. the Signaling Analyzer software can extract and analyze up to four ports of STM‑1/OC-3 tributary analysis for a simultaneous total of 336 VT1. Demux and channelization With the Signaling Analyzer demux and channelization solution. more E1/T1 links can be easily added. The software can analyze data from one IMA group at a time. The extensive. JDSU’s solution achieves an attractive port cost by significantly reducing the number of required hardware probes.5/VC11 T1s or 252 VT2/VC12 E1s for ATM. A single DNA can support up to 336 T1s or 252 E1s. or multiple individual links simultaneously is meaningless without the higher-level IMA technology view. The solution needs just a fraction of the number of hardware probes and associated cables that traditional approaches require. . JDSU’s IMA add-in software works in conjunction with Signaling Analyzer to analyze networks incorporating IMA technology. Build Signaling Analyzer into an automated test or regression test system.

Importing UMTS drive test data into Signaling Analyzer produces time-aligned Uu/Iub/Iu call trace.sd5 drive test file into Signaling Analyzer log file (offline) . 1. . Signaling Analyzer currently supports data import from JDSU’s E6474A wireless network optimization platform. The system complexity mandates a broad understanding and looking at two different tools is inefficient and problematic? JDSU Signaling Analyzer delivers faster and more comprehensive troubleshooting by correlating the collected data on the radio and network interfaces by time and location. 2. Save independent files.sal Figure 14.sal 3. sequence diagrams. See Figure 14. Drive test import is also available for CDMAOne/CDMA2000. Simultaneously collect GPS time‑sync'ed drive test and SART data. Signaling Analyzer combines traces using GPS time stamps embedded in original traces .Signal Analyzer Software Suite 17 Import of Drive Test Data To improve system performance by reducing latency.sd5 . mobile network technology is migrating to Node Bs and basestations. Import one or more captured . This provides a detailed end‑to‑end picture of the true network issues/performance. Monitoring at either the air interface or the Node B or base station will only indicate transactional performance‑related issues. and traffic overview displays.

Are you moving to an IP based UTRAN? Will you need to monitor a mix of ATM and IP based UTRAN interfaces? All UMTS analysis features can be applied regardless of the transport type utilized. JDSU has worked with a number of leading NEMs to pioneer the industry’s first HSDPA and HSUPA optimization tools. UMTS 3GPP support and UTRAN optimization Are you implementing R5 or R6 capabilities in your networks? JDSU invests to keep Signaling Analyzer current with the latest technology waves.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 18 LTE Support From the eNb to the evolved packet core the Signaling Analyzer platform is capable of analyzing the mobility signaling procedures. Figure 15. R4. and detailed filtering capability is supported for 3GPP Release 5. From combined call traces to real time graphical statistics and key performance indicators only JDSU can deliver a solution for tomorrow’s emerging technologies. All supported Signaling Analyzer functions such as call trace. mobile services and streaming media quality. See Figure 15. and R6. JDSU engineers regularly incorporate 3GPP updates to support the most current updates of R99. . graphical and tabular statistics. From single point monitoring and analysis to a fully distributed test environment.and Release 6-based HSPA UTRAN systems. The software enables passive probing and analysis of LTE network interfaces. In addition to timely 3GPP release support. With a powerful combination of distributable hardware pre-processing with scalable software architecture the Signaling Analyzer platform will help to ensure the successful deployment of an integrated LTE/SAE network system. the Signaling Analyzer platform effortlessly scales to meet the dynamic and changing test needs from the lab to operations. Are resources efficiently allocated and correctly utilized by RNC and NodeB? Is the RAN delivering services efficiently? Many leading-edge NEMs have resolved significant flow control optimization issues that would have been extremely difficult to find and isolate without the HSDPA and HSUPA optimization tools. R5.

See Figure 17.Signal Analyzer Software Suite 19 Flexible Use Models Single user – direct connect Connect one or more DNAs. A multi‑ user system enables up to 30 users concurrent access to the data collected and aggregated from multiple distributed network analyzer probes. Multi-User Server Mobile access Figure 17: Multiple Users with Remote Connection. data storage and the Signaling Analyzer application reside on the controlling PC. directly to a controlling PC using standard Ethernet cables (as shown below in Figure 16). Mobile core . In this scenario. through a daisy chain or Ethernet switch. ATM or Ethernet. Mobile access Figure 16. This is accomplished by a client/server‑based system where the server configures the distributed network analyzer probes. collects data from the probes and intelligently and efficiently forwards processed data during run-time to attached multi-user clients. Direct connect scenario Mobile core Multiple Users with Remote Connection Connect one or more DNAs through a Multi-User Server to multiple clients. A PC makes this use model ideal for dispatched troubleshooting of one or more interfaces monitoring single or multiple transport technologies such as frame relay.

© 2010 JDS Uniphase Corporation SIGNALSOFTSUITE.Drive test import • Proprietary protocol support -. Floating licenses can be checked out from a central license server enabling sequential license sharing within an organization.Real-time technology option -.Additional UMTS application SW ›› R5 with HSDPA optimization ›› R6 with HSUPA optimization ›› 3GPP deciphering ›› Demux and channelization ›› IMA ›› Drive test import ›› UMA • SS7 support -.NSD.Signal Analyzer Software Suite Ordering Information Hardware Platforms • J6801B distributed network analyzer • J6802B distributed network analyzer MX • J6803B distributed network analyzer PRO • J6804A distributed network analyzer .jdsu.Real-time technology option -.Base UMTS with R99 & R4 support ›› Real-time technology option ›› Offline technology option -. JDSU continually enhances Signaling Analyzer software with new features and enhancements.Contact JDSU Test & Measurement Regional Sales NORTH AMERICA LATIN AMERICA ASIA PACIFIC TEL: 1 866 228 3762 FAX: +1 301 353 9216 TEL: +1 954 688 5660 FAX: +1 954 345 4668 TEL: +852 2892 0990 FAX: +852 2892 0770 EMEA TEL: +49 7121 86 2222 FAX: +49 7121 86 1222 30168033 500 0410 WEBSITE: www. gives you access to the most recent software.Offline technology option -.Real-time technology option -.HD Software Licensing Technology options (one or more required) For most JDSU Signaling Analyzer software referenced in this document.Offline technology option • GSM/GPRS/EDGE support -.Offline technology option -. Software update service For most JDSU Signaling Analyzer software referenced in this document.AE April 2010 . Base client software (required) • Signaling Analyzer real-time • Signaling Analyzer offline Optional productivity application SW • • • • • • Signaling Analyzer Multi-User Server Call Manager database Call Manager client Drive test file import SART API SART UPA export • LTE support -.Offline technology option • IMS support -. JDSU offers a software update service (SUS). • Floating licenses are enabled by a license file.TM.UMA • CDMAOne/CMA2000 support -.IPSEC deciphering option -. • Legacy licenses are enabled by a manually entered license code to be used on a single PC. JDSU offers a choice of legacy or floating licenses.com/test Product specifications and descriptions in this document subject to change without notice.Real-time technology option -.DS. Software update service (SUS).Proprietary options • UMTS support -.