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M3UA Signaling Tester

Test Harness & Test Suite for the Validation of M3UA Implementations.




M3UA Conformance Test Architecture




The M3UA Signaling Tester is a test environment for the M3UA signaling specification as defined by the IETF standards. It is a SAFIRE based test harness able to run pre-defined ACATS test scenarios against M3UA test objects in a controlled & deterministic manner.


The SAFIRE graphical editor allows new scenarios to be created or existing scenarios to be modified using the M3UA interface library (API), which defines the M3UA messages and parameters. The test harness includes a M3UA protocol analyzer for on-line capture and decode of the signaling in real-time both during tests and as a stand-alone tracer for live systems.


The M3UA Signaling Tester is suitable for conformance tests, functional tests, factory tests & acceptance tests.


Key Features
  • Fully integrated, complete test environment for M3UA
  • ISO conformant test scenarios giving framework coverage of M3UA
  • Graphical development environment & libraries for creating new M3UA tests
  • Compatible with ACATS M3UA Professional Test Suite (not included)
  • Expandable for SIGTRAN, SIP, ISDN, ISUP-SIGTRAN interworking
  • M3UA Reference Test Object



VoIP Architecture




The M3UA Signaling Tester was designed to be a complete solution for M3UA signaling test requirements.  It has the key components:

  • M3UA Test Harness including codec & IP stack
  • ACATS M3UA Framework Test Suite
  • M3UA Interface Library
  • M3UA Protocol Analyzer

The M3UA test harness uses the powerful SAFIRE environment to provide advanced features like

  • Graphical editing (flow diagram representation)
  • Automated execution of test campaigns
  • Slow motion replay with synchronized trace & breakpoints
  • Test reports with statistics (also HTML)
  • Real-time, high performance protocol analysis

Using the M3UA Signaling Tester, test objects can be accurately, reliably and comfortably validated for compliance with the IETF IUA RFC 3332.  It is suitable for manufacturers, network operators and service providers to address all stages of the development cycle, regression testing through to type approval, acceptance testing & certification (note: requirements may be country/organization specific).


The ACATS M3UA Framework Test Suite includes test scenarios for the validation of terminal equipment by simulating the controlled interaction with other M3UA entities such as

  • Media-Gateway (MG)
  • Media-Gateway Controller (MGC)


SAFIRE Editor Sample


The framework test suite contains a selection of important scenarios, which can be used to confirm the basic functionality of a M3UA test object. They are also an excellent basis for customization and enhancement according to specific needs.


An upgrade is available for the ACATS M3UA Professional Test Suite, which offers extensive coverage of the M3UA signaling test requirements.


M3UA Reference Test Object


For reference a virtual test harness is included, that allows test scenarios to be run off-line against a software-only test object under controlled conditions.  The test harness uses a software bus to replace the physical connection and an accurate software model as the test object.  Normally fully automated execution of tests is possible, but in some specific cases the test object allows/requires user interaction during the tests.



Run Test Scenarios against the M3UA Reference Test Object


Specifications & Test Specifications
  • IETF IUA RFC 3332
Related Products & Services
  • Please refer to our wide range of Signaling Testers & Protocol Analyzers for SIGTRAN, VoIP & SS7
  • Professional engineering services for project development & test execution
  • Training workshops (customized agendas on request)
  • OEMs, contact us for bundling offers!
  • As per SAFIRE Professional (not included)
Hardware Requirements
  • As per SAFIRE Professional
  • Ethernet interface to test object

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