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Rf/Gz Interface

dsTest, Developing Solutions, Rf Interface, Gz Interface, OFCS Testing, PGW Testing, CSCF Testing

dsTest supports server emulation and client simulation capabilities for the 3GPP Diameter Rf/Gz interface.  Test PDN Gateway (PGW) interfaces and IMS Call Session Control Function (CSCF) interfaces in 4G and LTE networks with our Offline Charging System (OFCS) Emulator.  Use the Charging Triggering Function (CTF) simulation in the Rf Interface application to test the capacity and performance of an OFCS.  Test VoLTE  and PCC  interactions by using the Rf/Gz Interface Application with other  dsTest  Interface Applications such as Gx, Rx, Ro, and S6.  Use the OFCS Emulator and the Rf Interface application in tandem to test Diameter Routing Agents (DRA),  Proxies, Relay Agents, and Redirect Agents.  dsTest provides more tools for LTE testing.  The Rf/Gz interfaces are specified in 3GPP TS 32.251 and TS 32.299.

Comprehensive sets of operational measurements for the Gz/Rf Interface, Diameter, and socket level are collected at configurable intervals and stored in a SQLite database on the dsTest server.  Real-time measurements may be retrieved through our dsClient CLI interface or graphed via our dsClient GUI interface.

Implementation

The Rf Interface application supports the following charging scenarios:

  • Event Based Charging
  • Session Based Charging

A complete set of events that can be generated with the Rf interface application can be found here.

PGW/CSCF/CTF Testing (Server Emulation)dsTest, Developing Solutions, PGW Testing, CSCF Testing, Rf Testing, Gz Testing

The OFCS emulator handles offline charging procedures based on configurable subscriber profiles responding to charging events from CTFs and eliminating the need to dedicate a production OFCS to lab activities.

Read more about our OFCS Emulator.

OFCS Testing (Client Simulation)

The Rf Interface application can be used to simulate a PGW’s or CSCF’s CTF functionality to determine the impact of new charging strategiesdsTest, Developing Solutions, Rf Simulation, Gz Simulation, Gz Testing, Rf, Testing, OFCS Testing or OFCS features and standards before they are deployed in a network. The Rf Interface application allows a user to validate OFCS performance and capacity in a realistic network environment, replicating the deployment configuration.  The CTF can simulate the following Diameter Accounting actions to the OFCS:

  • Start
  • Interim
  • Stop
  • Event
  • Abort

Advanced Testing Features

Enhance your testing with Developing Solutions advanced testing features:

  • Define a set of message templates against which all messages will be validated with our Diameter Dictionary.  Every Diameter message is validated, even under load conditions;
  • Insert, delete, or replace AVPs in your messages with our SmartAVP solution.  SmartAVP enables you to define proprietary signaling or to corrupt AVPs to facilitate negative testing;
  • Configure commands to define the series of actions and rates that each subscriber takes.  Advanced profiles can be created using SmartEvents to define a mix of traffic based on probability assignments.  With SmartEvents, you can specify when your SmartAVPs are used.

Read more about our SmartEvents feature.
Read more about dsTest Advanced Diameter Testing Features.

Supporting Standards

  • Rf/Gz – 3GPP TS 32.251 and TS 32.299
  • Diameter – RFC 6733, RFC 3588
  • SCTP – RFC 4960
  • TCP – RFC 793

General Reference Guides

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