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Approach for AT of MNP

Background:
Acceptance Testing (A/T) of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is to be
carried out within one month, starting from 15 th May 2010 as per time
plan circulated by DoT. A/T Schedule is already circulated and it involves
testing of Centralized Equipment of MNP Clearing House and Service
provider side, testing of end to end porting process and testing of voice
calls, SMS, MMS to & from ported and non-ported numbers from telecom
service providers’ networks present in all Licensed Service Area (LSAs). It
also includes testing against various regulatory & licensing requirements.
Approach paper has been prepared for conducting A/T which covers test
scenarios to the best possible extent as there is a paradigm shift in
signaling part of setting up of voice calls, SMS & MMS and same time
completing A/T so that MNP can be launched timely.
Approach for expediting A/T:
MNP implementation in India involves two MNP clearinghouses one each
in Zone-1 & Zone-2, each LSA as portability domain (PD) i.e. 22 (PDs) and
multiple service providers (10-12 nos.) with multiple types of networks
(GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, PSTN, WLL etc.). These networks have different
protocols, different charging, numbering and routing plan. Moreover,
originating network has to query database for all mobile destined calls as
implementation is ACQ based. This makes network call & non-call related
testing of terminating calls to test number, ported-in from particular
network to particular subscription network, from all networks of all LSAs.

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In view of above, proper implementations of calls from all networks in all
LSAs need to be tested. As each LSA is separate Portability domain, every
LSA has different office data and has their own restrictions boundaries of
porting in terms of geographical area & service providers operating in that
LSA.

This makes porting process testing among various service providers to be


carried out in each LSA. Considering volume of testing and time available,
following approach may be adopted for expediting the A/T:

a. Conducting testing of originating & terminating calls from all networks


of all LSAs simultaneously
b. Having multiple test numbers of one type for receiving simultaneous
calls from different service providers & different networks.
c. To minimize test numbers, time plan may need to be prepared for pairs
of originating & terminating calls and re-using same test numbers.
d. To have flexibility & independence of each service provider in time plan,
test numbers may be identified and dedicated to particular service
provider. It may also be helpful to have dedicated test numbers for
different types of networks e.g. GSM, CDMA, PSTN etc
e. Identification of pairs of calling & called with day & time may be helpful
in pre-configuration of test set-up. It may also be helpful in analysis of
CDRs. Submission & retrieval of SMS & MMS may be automatized to the
best extent.
f. Some tests like Intra-circle roaming, call forwarding may be carried out
by concerned service providers themselves, if applicable.

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Test Numbers & Test Calls
Following notations will be used to refer test calls between different
subscribers:
Licensed service Area- A1, A2, A3,……. Ai,…….A21
Service Provider- P1(i), P2(i), P3(i), ……….Pj(i),.……..Pn(i)
where n is no. of UASL/ CMTS service providers in LSA (i).
Different type of networks may be marked as separate provider Example:
S [I, P1(3), P1(8),
Subscriber- S [TP,Pi, Rm,Pf] where TP = I for pre-paid & B for post-paid P5(3)] means pre-
paid subscriber
Pi=LSA & Service provider of subscription ported from
service provider
Rm =LSA & Service provider of roaming network no. 5 i.e … of LSA
no. i.e….. to
Pf = LSA & Service Provider-Ported from service provider
… and presently
roaming in service
provider…. of
For A/T purpose, three types of subscribers will be getting calls from LSA…

three types of subscriber of originating mobile network and two types of


subscribers of PSTN/ WLL networks. These subscriber types are:
Originating from all networks of all LSAs Terminating
S [I, Pj(i), Pj(i), Pk(i)] S [I/B, Pj(i), Pj(i), Pk(i)]
(pre-paid) (pre-paid)

S [B, Pj(i), Pj(i), Pk(i)] S [I, Pj(i), Pm(q), Pk(i)]


(post-paid, in-roamer) (pre-paid, in-roamer)

S [I/B, Pj(i), Pm(q), Pk(i)] S [B, Pj(i), Pt(u), Pk(i)]


(pre-paid, in-roamer) (post-paid, in-roamer)
Same pairs may be used for SMS & MMS testing after voice call test
completion. Submission & delivery may be made automatic by pre-
configuring pairs of MO & MT test numbers and text/ image to be sent

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For terminating side, a pair of “subscription network & Ported from
network” will be selected. This pair will be changed for different possible
combinations of networks present in concerned LSA. For particular pair
of “subscription network & Ported from network” in one LSA each
number on left side belonging to different networks of all LSAs has to
make calls to three numbers on right side, there will be 9 calls from each
mobile network while it will be six calls in case of PSTN/ WLL as there
will be no case of in-roaming scenario. In case of ILD, originating calls
will be from different gateways of one type of subscriber and Example:
Total terminating
Test calls will be
terminating calls will also include calls to international in-roamers.
approximately
280 X 9= 2520, if
In view of above, total terminating test calls for a pair of “subscription total number of
networks are 280
network & Ported from network” will be and average
number of
i=21 j=n (i) originating calls
= ∑ ∑Pj (i) X Nj (i) where n(i) is number of networks in ith LSA are 9. If there are
i=1 j=1 12 service
providers in one
Nj (i) is 9 for mobile networks and 6 for PSTN/ WLL LSA then 12 pairs
of subscription-
ported from
network will be
To have simultaneous terminating calls from all networks of all LSAs, 3 formed and total
terminating calls
will be 2520 X 12=
test numbers can be dedicated to each originating service provider. 30240.

Multiple set of 3 test numbers can be provided in case of service


providers having multiple kinds of networks e.g. GSM, CDMA, WCDMA,
PSTN, WLL etc. 4-5 ILDOs may be grouped and 3 test number set can be
provided to one group of ILDOs.
Same set of 3 test numbers identified for terminating calls can be used
by different originating network of one service provider in different LSAs
by preparing a time plan of 15 minute (9 calls X 1.5 min) windows
allocation to each LSA network.

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Requirement of Test Numbers
Example:
If total CMTS/
Total requirement of test numbers for terminating calls in one network UASL providers
are 22, ILDO
of one LSA for one pair of “Subscription & Ported in network” depends groups are 3 and
number of
upon total number of UASL/ CMTS service providers, different types of networks of
CMTS/ UASL in
particular LSA are
network of particular service provider e.g. GSM, CDMA, PSTN, WLL etc 12 then total test
numbers to be
and groups of ILDOs and nuber of possible combinations of identified by one
service provider
“Subscription & Ported in network”. Test number required for in that LSA will
be 3 X (22+3) X 12
terminating calls will be 3 X total of networks & ILDO groups X number =900. One service
provider will
exchange 75 test
of CMTS/ UASL providers in concerned LSA. nos with each
network of other
Final sheet of pair of terminating test numbers and originating numbers service provider
in that LSA.
shall be published by each service provider. To prepare it, first test
numbers will be identified in each LSA by each service provider having
operation in that LSA. These numbers will be informed to recipient
service provider. Recipient operator will provision test numbers in its
network and also exchange test number with other LSA network of
same or other service provider for in-roaming scenario test numbers.

Requirement of Test numbers for making outgoing calls will be 3 X


(total number of CMTS/ UASL service providers’ networks excluding
PSTN & WLL) for each network of all LSA including PSTN, WLL & ILDOs.
There will not be any terminating calls to PSTN & WLL however outgoing
calls are to be made from PSTN & WLL to mobile networks.

On each day one pair of “Subscription network- Ported” from network


may be taken for testing of terminating calls by every service provider in
each LSA.

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Annexure- A
List of Service Providers

S.No.
Name of Service Provider with Type of N/w
1 Bharti Airtel
2 Bharti Televentures
3 Vodafone
4 Aircel
5 Videocon Telecommunication
6 Idea
7 Loop Telecom
8 Reliance (CDMA)
9 Reliance (GSM)
10 MTNL/BSNL (GSM)
11 MTNL/ BSNL (CDMA)
12 MTNL/ BSNL (WLL)
13 MTNL/BSNL (PSTN)
14 MTNL/ BSNL (WCDMA)
15 Spice Communication
16 Etisalat DB Telecom
17 TATA Teleservice (GSM)
18 TATA Teleservice (CDMA)
19 TATA Indiacom (WLL)
20 Sistema Shyam
21 Unitech Wireless
22 S- TEL

List of ILDO Groups

1
Group #1 (BSNL, MTNL,Sify, P3 Tech)
Group #2 (Spice, Dishnet Wireless, Etisalat, Uninor, Citycom)
2
Group #3 (Tata, Reliance, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Datacom)
3

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Annexure -B
List of License Service Area (LSAs)

Sr. Name of Licensed Service


No. Areas
1. Delhi

2. Mumbai

3. Maharashtra

4. Gujarat

5. Haryana

6. Punjab

7. Rajasthan

8. Uttar Pradesh (E)

9. Uttar Pradesh(W)

10. Himachal Pradesh


11. Jammu & Kashmir
12 Kolkata
13 Tamil Nadu including Chennai

14 Andhra Pradesh
15 Karnataka
16 Kerala
17 Madhya Pradesh
18 West Bengal
19 Assam
20 Bihar
21 North East