Gateway Protocols

Voice Design and Implementation Guide

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Updated: Feb 02, 2006



This document details the design and implementation principles for Voice technologies.



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Design a Dial Plan for Voice-Capable Router Networks

Although most people are not acquainted with dial plans by name, they have become accustomed to using them. The North American telephone network is designed around a 10-digit dial plan that consists of area codes and 7-digit telephone numbers. For telephone numbers located within an area code, a 7-digit dial plan is used for the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Features within a telephone switching machine (such as Centrex) allow for the use of a custom 5-digit dial plan for specific customers who subscribe to that service. Private branch exchanges (PBXs) also allow for variable length dial plans that contain three to eleven digits. Dial plans contain specific dialing patterns for a user who wants to reach a particular telephone number. Access codes, area codes, specialized codes, and combinations of the numbers of digits dialed are all a part of any particular dial plan.

Dial plans require knowledge of the customer's network topology, current telephone number dialing patterns, proposed router/gateway locations, and traffic routing requirements. If the dial plans are for a private internal voice network that is not accessed by the outside voice network, the telephone numbers can be any number of digits.

The dial plan design process begins with the collection of specific information about the equipment to be installed and the network to which it is to be connected. Complete a Site Preparation Checklist for each unit in the network. This information, coupled with a network diagram, is the basis for the number plan design and corresponding configurations.

Dial plans are associated with the telephone networks to which they are connected. They are usually based on numbering plans and the traffic in terms of the number of voice calls the network is expected to carry.

For more information about Cisco IOS® dial peers, refer to these documents:

North American Numbering Plan

The North American Numbering Plan (NANP) consists of a 10-digit dial plan. This is divided into two basic parts. The first three digits refer to the Numbering Plan Area (NPA), commonly referred to as the "area code." The remaining seven digits are also divided into two parts. The first three numbers represent the central office (CO) code. The remaining four digits represent a station number.

The NPA, or area codes, are provided in this format:

  • N 0/1/2/3

    • N is a value of two through nine.

    • The second digit is a value of zero through eight.

    • The third digit is a value of zero through nine.

The second digit, when set to a value of zero through eight, is used to immediately distinguish between 10- and 7-digit numbers. When the second and third digits are both "one", this indicates a special action.

  • 211 = Reserved.

  • 311 = Reserved.

  • 411 = Directory assistance.

  • 511 = Reserved.

  • 611 = Repair service.

  • 711 = Reserved.

  • 811 = Business office.

  • 911 = Emergency.

Additionally, the NPA codes also support Service Access Codes (SAC). These codes support 700, 800, and 900 services.

Central Office Codes

The CO codes are assigned within an NPA by the serving Bell Operating Company (BOC). These CO codes are reserved for special use:

  • 555 = Toll directory assistance

  • 844 = Time Service

  • 936 = Weather Service

  • 950 = Access to inter-exchange carriers (IXCs) under Feature Group "B" access

  • 958 = Plant test

  • 959 = Plant test

  • 976 = Information Delivery Service

Some "NN0" (last digit "0") codes are also reserved.

Access Codes

Normally a "1" is transmitted as the first digit to indicate a long distance toll call. However, some special 2-digit prefix codes are also used:

  • 00 = Inter-exchange Operator assistance

  • 01 = Used for International Direct Distance Dialing (IDDD).

  • 10 = Used as part of the 10XXX sequence. "XXX" specifies the equal access IXC.

  • 11 = Access code for custom calling services. This is the same function that is achieved by the dual tone multifrequency (DTMF) "*" key.

The 10XXX sequence signifies a carrier access code (CAC). The "XXX" is a 3-digit number assigned to the carrier through BellCore, such as:

  • 031 = ALC/Allnet

  • 222 = MCI

  • 223 = Cable and wireless

  • 234 = ACC Long Distance

  • 288 = AT&T

  • 333 = Sprint

  • 432 = Litel (LCI International)

  • 464 555 = WilTel

  • 488 = Metromedia Communication

New 1010XXX and 1020XXX access codes are added. Check your local telephone directory for an up-to-date list.

CCITT International Numbering Plan

In the early 1960s, the Consultative Committee for International Telegraph and Telephone (CCITT) developed a numbering plan that divided the world into nine zones:

  • 1 = North America

  • 2 = Africa

  • 3 = Europe

  • 4 = Europe.

  • 5 = Central and South America

  • 6 = South Pacific

  • 7 = USSR

  • 8 = Far East

  • 9 = Middle East and Southeast Asia

Additionally, each country is assigned a country code (CC) . This is either one, two, or three digits long. It begins with a zone digit.

The method recommended by the International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) (formerly the CCITT) is set forth in Recommendation E.123. International format numbers use the plus sign (+), followed by the country code, then the Subscriber Trunk Dialing (STD) code, if any (without common STD/area code prefix digits or long distance access digits), then the local number. These numbers (given as examples only) describe some of the formats used:

City Domestic Number International Format
Toronto, Canada (416) 872-2372 + 1 416 872 2372
Paris, France 01 33 33 33 33 + 33 1 33 33 33 33
Birmingham, UK (0121) 123 4567 + 44 121 123 4567
Colon, Panama 441-2345 + 507 441 2345
Tokyo, Japan (03) 4567 8901 + 81 3 4567 8901
Hong Kong 2345 6789 + 852 2345 6789

In most cases, the initial 0 of an STD code does not form part of the international format number. Some countries use a common prefix of 9 (such as Colombia, and formerly Finland). Some countries' STD codes are used as they are, where prefix digits are not part of the area code (as is the case in North America, Mexico, and several other countries).

As indicated in the example table, country code "1" is used for the United States, Canada, and many Caribbean nations under the NANP. This fact is not as well publicized by American and Canadian telephone companies as it is in other countries. "1" is dialed first in domestic long distance calls. It is a coincidence that this is identical to country code 1.

The digits that follow the + sign represent the number as it is dialed on an international call (that is, the telephone company's overseas dialing code followed by the international number after the + sign).

Access Codes - International Dialing

The access codes for international dialing depend on the country from which an international call is placed. The most common international prefix is 00 (followed by the international format number). An ITU-T recommendation specifies 00 as the preferred code. In particular, the European Union (EU) nations are adopting 00 as the standard international access code.

Country Codes

Country Code Country, Geographical Area Service Note
0 Reserved a
1 Anguilla b
1 Antigua and Barbuda b
1 Bahamas (Commonwealth of the) b
1 Barbados b
1 Bermuda b
1 British Virgin Islands b
1 Canada b
1 Cayman Islands b
1 Dominican Republic b
1 Grenada b
1 Jamaica b
1 Montserrat b
1 Puerto Rico b
1 Saint Kitts and Nevis b
1 Saint Lucia b
1 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines b
1 Trinidad and Tobago b
1 Turks and Caicos Islands b
1 United States of America b
1 United States Virgin Islands b
20 Egypt (Arab Republic of)  
21 Algeria (People's Democratic Republic of) b
21 Libya (Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) b
21 Morocco (Kingdom of) b
21 Tunisia b
220 Gambia (Republic of the)  
221 Senegal (Republic of)  
222 Mauritania (Islamic Republic of)  
223 Mali (Republic of)  
224 Guinea (Republic of)  
225 Cote d'Ivoire (Republic of)  
226 Burkina Faso  
227 Niger (Republic of the)  
228 Togolese Republic  
229 Benin (Republic of)  
230 Mauritius (Republic of)  
231 Liberia (Republic of)  
232 Sierra Leone  
233 Ghana  
234 Nigeria (Federal Republic of)  
235 Chad (Republic of)  
236 Central African Republic  
237 Cameroon (Republic of)  
238 Cape Verde (Republic of)  
239 Sao Tome and Principe (Democratic Republic of)  
240 Equatorial Guinea (Republic of)  
241 Gabonese Republic  
242 Congo (Republic of the)  
243 Zaire (Republic of)  
244 Angola (Republic of)  
245 Guinea-Bissau (Republic of)  
246 Diego Garcia  
247 Ascension  
248 Seychelles (Republic of)  
249 Sudan (Republic of the)  
250 Rwandese Republic  
251 Ethiopia  
252 Somali Democratic Republic  
253 Djibouti (Republic of)  
254 Kenya (Republic of)  
255 Tanzania (United Republic of)  
256 Uganda (Republic of)  
257 Burundi (Republic of)  
258 Mozambique (Republic of)  
259 Zanzibar (Tanzania)  
260 Zambia (Republic of)  
261 Madagascar (Republic of)  
262 Reunion (French Department of)  
263 Zimbabwe (Republic of)  
264 Namibia (Republic of)  
265 Malawi  
266 Lesotho (Kingdom of)  
267 Botswana (Republic of)  
268 Swaziland (Kingdom of)  
269 Comoros (Islamic Federal Republic of the) c
269 Mayotte (Collectivite territoriale de la Republique francaise) c
270 South Africa (Republic of) c
280-289 Spare codes  
290 Saint Helena d
291 Eritrea  
292-296 Spare Codes  
299 Greenland (Denmark)  
30 Greece  
31 Netherlands (Kingdom of the)  
32 Belgium  
33 France  
33 Monaco (Principality of) b
34 Spain b
350 Gibraltar  
351 Portugal  
352 Luxembourg  
353 Ireland  
354 Iceland  
355 Albania (Republic of)  
356 Malta  
357 Cyprus (Republic of)  
358 Finland  
359 Bulgaria (Republic of)  
36 Hungary (Republic of)  
370 Lithuania (Republic of)  
371 Latvia (Republic of)  
372 Estonia (Republic of)  
373 Moldova (Republic of)  
374 Armenia (Republic of)  
375 Belarus (Republic of)  
376 Andorra (Principality of)  
377 Monaco (Principality of) e
378 San Marino (Republic of) f
379 Vatican City State  
380 Ukraine  
381 Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of)  
382-384 Spare codes  
385 Croatia (Republic of)  
386 Slovenia (Republic of)  
387 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republic of)  
388 Spare code  
389 The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  
39 Italy  
40 Romania  
41 Liechtenstein (Principality of)  
41 Switzerland (Confederation of) b
42 Czech Republic b
42 Slovak Republic b
43 Austria b
44 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  
45 Denmark  
46 Sweden  
47 Norway  
48 Poland (Republic of)  
49 Germany (Federal Republic of)  
500 Falkland Islands (Malvinas)  
501 Belize  
502 Guatemala (Republic of)  
503 El Salvador (Republic of)  
504 Honduras (Republic of)  
505 Nicaragua  
506 Costa Rica  
507 Panama (Republic of)  
508 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (Collectivite territoriale de la Republique francaise)  
509 Haiti (Republic of)  
51 Peru  
52 Mexico  
53 Cuba  
54 Argentine Republic  
55 Brazil (Federative Republic of)  
56 Chile  
57 Colombia (Republic of)  
58 Venezuela (Republic of)  
590 Guadeloupe (French Department of)  
591 Bolivia (Republic of)  
592 Guyana  
593 Ecuador  
594 Guiana (French Department of)  
595 Paraguay (Republic of)  
596 Martinique (French Department of)  
597 Suriname (Republic of)  
598 Uruguay (Eastern Republic of)  
599 Netherlands Antilles  
60 Malaysia  
61 Australia i
62 Indonesia (Republic of)  
63 Philippines (Republic of the)  
64 New Zealand  
65 Singapore (Republic of)  
66 Thailand  
670 Northern Mariana Islands (Commonwealth of the)  
671 Guam  
672 Australian External Territories j
673 Brunei Darussalam  
674 Nauru (Republic of)  
675 Papua New Guinea  
676 Tonga (Kingdom of)  
677 Solomon Islands  
678 Vanuatu (Republic of)  
679 Fiji (Republic of)  
680 Palau (Republic of)  
681 Wallis and Futuna (French Overseas Territory)  
682 Cook Islands  
683 Niue  
684 American Samoa  
685 Western Samoa (Independent State of)  
686 Kiribati (Republic of)  
687 New Caledonia (French Overseas Territory)  
688 Tuvalu  
689 French Polynesia (French Overseas Territory)  
690 Tokelau  
691 Micronesia (Federated States of)  
692 Marshall Islands (Republic of the)  
693-699 Spare Codes  
7 Kazakhstan (Republic of) b
7 Kyrgyz Republic b
7 Russian Federation b
7 Tajikistan (Republic of) b
7 Turkmenistan b
7 Uzbekistan (Republic of) b
800 Reserved - allocated for UIFS under consideration  
801-809 Spare Codes d
81 Japan  
82 Korea (Republic of)  
830 - 839 Spare Codes d
84 Viet Nam (Socialist Republic of)  
850 Democratic People's Republic of Korea  
851 Spare code  
852 Hongkong  
853 Macau  
854 Spare code  
855 Cambodia (Kingdom of)  
856 Lao People's Democratic Republic  
857 - 859 Spare codes  
86 China (People's Republic of ) g
870 Reserved - Inmarsat SNAC Trial  
871 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean-East)  
872 Inmarsat (Pacific Ocean)  
873 Inmarsat (Indian Ocean)  
874 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean-West)  
875 - 879 Reserved - Maritime Mobile Service Applications  
880 Bangladesh (People's Republic of)  
881 - 890 Spare codes d
890 - 899 Spare codes d
90 Turkey  
91 India (Republic of)  
92 Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)  
93 Afghanistan (Islamic State of)  
94 Sri Lanka (Democratic Socialist Republic of)  
95 Myanmar (Union of)  
960 Maldives (Republic of)  
961 Lebanon  
962 Jordan (Hashemite Kingdom of)  
963 Syrian Arab Republic  
964 Iraq (Republic of)  
965 Kuwait (State of)  
966 Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of)  
967 Yemen (Republic of)  
968 Oman (Sultanate of)  
969 Reserved - reservation currently under investigation  
970 Spare code  
971 United Arab Emirates h
972 Israel (State of)  
973 Bahrain (State of)  
974 Qatar (State of)  
975 Bhutan (Kingdom of)  
976 Mongolia  
977 Nepal  
978 - 979 Spare codes  
98 Iran (Islamic Republic of)  
990 - 993 Spare codes  
994 Azerbaijani Republic  
995 Georgia (Republic of)  
996 - 999 Spare codes  

Service Notes:

  • a - Assignment was not feasible until after December 31, 1996.

  • b - Integrated numbering plan.

  • c - Code shared between Mayotte Island and Comoros (Islamic Federal Republic of).

  • d - Is allocated only after all 3-digit codes from groups of ten are exhausted.

  • e - Prior to December 17, 1994, portions of Andorra were each served by country codes 33 and 34.

  • f - Reserved or assigned to Monaco for future use (also see code 33).

  • g - Ref.: Notification No. 1157 of 10.XII.1980, the code 866 is allocated to the province of Taiwan.

  • h - U.A.E.: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeirah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm Al Qaiwain

  • i - Including Cocos-Keeling Islands - Indian Ocean of the Australian External Territories

  • j - Includes the Australian Antarctic Territory Bases, Christmas Island, and Norfolk Island

Traffic Engineering

Traffic Engineering, as it applies to traditional voice networks, determines the number of trunks necessary to carry a required amount of voice calls during a period of time. For designers of a voice over X network, the goal is to properly size the number of trunks and provision the appropriate amount of bandwidth necessary to carry the amount of trunks determined.

There are two different types of connections to be aware of. They are lines and trunks. Lines allow telephone sets to be connected to telephone switches, like PBXs and CO switches. Trunks connect switches together. An example of a trunk is a tie line interconnecting PBXs (ignore the use of "line" in the tie line statement. It is actually a trunk).

Companies use switches to act as concentrators because the number of telephone sets required are usually greater than the number of simultaneous calls that need to be made. For example, a company has 600 telephone sets connected to a PBX. However, it has only fifteen trunks that connect the PBX to the CO switch.

Traffic Engineering a voice over X network is a five step process.

The steps are:

  • Collect the existing voice traffic data.

  • Categorize the traffic by groups.

  • Determine the number of physical trunks required to meet the traffic.

  • Determine the proper mix of trunks.

  • Convert the number of erlangs of traffic to packets or cells per second.

  1. Collect the existing voice traffic.

    From the carrier, gather this information:

    • Peg counts for calls offered, calls abandoned, and all trunks busy.

    • Grade of Service (GoS) rating for trunk groups.

    • Total traffic carried per trunk group.

    • Phone bills to see the carrier's rates.

    The terms used here are covered in more detail in the next few sections of this document. For best results, get two weeks' worth of traffic.

    The internal telecommunications department provides call detail records (CDR) for PBXs. This information records calls that are offered. However, it does not provide information on calls that are blocked because all trunks are busy.

  2. Categorize the traffic by groups.

    In most large businesses, it is more cost effective to apply traffic engineering to groups of trunks that serve a common purpose. For example, separate inbound customer service calls into a separate trunk group distinctly different from general outgoing calls.

    Start by separating the traffic into inbound and outbound directions. As an example, group outbound traffic into distances called local, local long distance, intra-state, inter-state, and so on. It is important to break the traffic by distance because most tariffs are distance sensitive. For example, wide-area telephone service (WATS) is a type of service option in the United States that uses distance bands for billing purposes. Band one covers adjacent states. It has a lower cost than, for example, a band five service that encompasses the entire continental United States.

    Determine the purpose of the calls. For example, what were the calls for? Were they used for fax, modem, call center, 800 for customer service, 800 for voice mail, telecommuters, and so on.

  3. Determine the number of physical trunks required to meet the traffic needs.

    If you know the amount of traffic generated and the GoS required, calculate the number of trunks required to meet your needs. Use this equation to calculate traffic flow:

    A = C x T 

    A is the traffic flow. C is the number of calls that originate during a period of one hour. T is the average holding time of a call.

    C is the number of calls originated, not carried. The information received from the carrier or from the company's internal CDRs are in terms of carried traffic and not offered traffic, as is usually provided by PBXs.

    The holding time of a call (T) must account for the average time a trunk is occupied. It must factor in variables other than the length of a conversation. This includes the time required for dialing and ringing (call establishment), time to terminate the call, and a method of amortizing busy signals and non-completed calls. Adding ten percent to sixteen percent to the length of an average call helps account for these miscellaneous segments of time.

    Hold times based on call billing records might need to be adjusted based on the increment of billing. Billing records based on one minute increments overstate calls by 30 seconds on average. For example, a bill that shows 404 calls totaling 1834 minutes of traffic needs to be adjusted like this:

    • 404 calls x 0.5 minutes (overstated call length) = 202 excess call minutes

    • True adjusted traffic: 1834 - 202 = 1632 actual call minutes

    In order to provide a "decent level of service," base traffic engineering on a GoS during the peak or busy hour. GoS is a unit of measurement of the chance that a call is blocked. For example, a GoS of P(.01) means that one call is blocked in 100 call attempts. A GoS of P(.001) results in one blocked call per 1000 attempts. Look at call attempts during the day's busiest hour. The most accurate method to find the busiest hour is to take the ten busiest days in a year, sum the traffic on an hourly basis, find the busiest hour, then derive the average amount of time.

    In North America the 10 busiest days of the year are used to find the busiest hour. Standards such as Q.80 and Q.87 use other methods to calculate the busy hour. Use a number that is sufficiently large in order to provide a GoS for busy conditions and not the average hour traffic.

    The traffic volume in telephone engineering is measured in units called erlangs. An erlang is the amount of traffic one trunk handles in one hour. It is a non-dimensional unit that has many functions. The easiest way to explain erlangs is through the use of an example.

    Assume that you have eighteen trunks that carry nine erlangs of traffic with an average duration of all calls of three minutes. What is the average number of busy trunks, the number of call originations in one hour, and the time it takes to complete all calls?

    1. What is the average number of busy trunks?

      With nine erlangs of traffic, nine trunks are busy since an erlang is the amount of traffic one trunk handles in one hour.

    2. What is the number of call originations in one hour?

      Given that there are nine erlangs of traffic in one hour and an average of three minutes per call, convert one hour to minutes, multiply the number of erlangs, and divide the total by the average call duration. This yields 180 calls.

      • Nine in one hour multiplied by 60 minutes/hour divided by three minutes/call = 180 calls.

      Erlangs are dimensionless. However, they are referenced to hours.

    3. What is the time it takes to complete all calls?

      With 180 calls that last three minutes per call, the total time is 540 minutes, or nine hours.

    Other equivalent measurements that you can potentially encounter include:

    • 1 erlang =

      60 call minutes =

      3600 call seconds =

      36 centum call seconds (CCS)

    A simple way to calculate the busy hour is to collect one business month's worth of traffic. Determine the amount of traffic that occurs in a day based on twenty-two business days in a month. Multiply that number by fifteen percent to seventeen percent. As a rule, the busy hour traffic represents fifteen percent to seventeen percent of the total traffic that occurs in one day.

    Once you have determined the amount of traffic in erlangs that occurs during the busy hour, the next step is to determine the number of trunks required to meet a particular GoS. The number of trunks required differs based on the traffic probability assumptions.

    There are four basic assumptions:

    • How many sources of traffic are there?

    • What are the arrival characteristics of the traffic?

    • How are lost calls (calls that are not serviced) handled?

    • How does the switch handle trunk allocation?

Potential Sources

The first assumption is the number of potential sources. Sometimes, there is a major difference between planning for an infinite versus a small number of sources. For this example, ignore the method of how this is calculated. The table here compares the amount of traffic the system needs to carry in erlangs to the amount of potential sources offering traffic. It assumes that the number of trunks holds constant at ten for a GoS of .01.

Only 4.13 erlangs are carried if there are an infinite number of sources. The reason for this phenomenon is that as the number of sources increases, the probability of a wider distribution in the arrival times and holding times of calls increases. As the number of sources decreases, the ability to carry traffic increases. At the extreme end, the system supports ten erlangs. There are only ten sources. So, if sizing a PBX or key system in a remote branch office, you can get by with fewer trunks and still offer the same GoS.

Poisson Distribution with 10 trunks and a P of 0.01 *

Number of Sources Traffic Capacity (erlangs)
Infinite 4.13
100 4.26
75 4.35
50 4.51
25 4.84
20 5.08
15 5.64
13 6.03
11 6.95
10 10

Note: The equations traditionally used in telephone engineering are based on the Poisson arrival pattern. This is an approximate exponential distribution. This exponential distribution indicates that a small number of calls are very short in length, a large number of calls are only one to two minutes in length. As the calls lengthen they decrease exponentially in number with a very small number of calls over ten minutes. Although this curve does not exactly duplicate an exponential curve, it is found to be quite close in actual practice.

Traffic Arrival Characteristics

The second assumption deals with the traffic arrival characteristics. Usually, these assumptions are based on a Poisson traffic distribution where call arrivals follow a classic bell-shaped curve. Poisson distribution is commonly used for infinite traffic sources. In the three graphs here, the vertical axis shows the probability distribution and the horizontal axis shows the calls.

Random Traffic


Bunched calls result in traffic that has a smooth-shaped pattern. This pattern occurs more frequently with finite sources.

Smooth Traffic


Peaked or rough traffic is represented by a skewed shape. This phenomenon occurs when traffic rolls from one trunk group to another.

Rough or Peaked Traffic


Handle Lost Calls

How to handle lost calls is the third assumption. The figure here depicts the three options available when the station you call does not answer:

  • Lost Calls Cleared (LCC).

  • Lost Calls Held (LCH).

  • Lost Calls Delayed (LCD).


The LCC option assumes that once a call is placed and the server (network) is busy or not available, the call disappears from the system. In essence, you stop and do something different.

The LCH option assumes that a call is in the system for the duration of the hold time, regardless of whether or not the call is placed. In essence, you continue to redial for as long as the hold time before you stop.

Recalling, or redialing, is an important traffic consideration. Assume that 200 calls are attempted. Forty receive busy signals and attempt to redial. That results in 240 call attempts, a 20% increase. The trunk group now provides an even poorer GoS than initially thought.

The LCD option means that once a call is placed, it remains in a queue until a server is ready to handle it. Then it uses the server for the full holding time. This assumption is most commonly used for automatic call distribution (ACD) systems.

The assumption that the lost calls clear the system tends to understate the number of trunks required. On the other hand, LCH overstates the number.

How the Switch Handles Trunk Allocation

The fourth and final assumption centers around the switching equipment itself. In the circuit switch environment, many of the larger switches block switches. That is, not every input has a path to every output. Complex grading structures are created to help determine the pathways a circuit takes through the switch, and the impact on the GoS. In this example, assume that the equipment involved is fully non-blocking.

The purpose of the third step is to calculate the number of physical trunks required. You have determined the amount of offered traffic during the busy hour. You have talked to the customer. Therefore, you know the GoS the customer requests . ` Calculate the number of trunks required by using formulas or tables.

Traffic theory consists of many queuing methods and associated formulas. Tables that deal with the most commonly encountered model is presented here. The most commonly used model and table is Erlang B. It is based on infinite sources, LCC, and Poisson distribution that is appropriate for either exponential or constant holding times. Erlang B understates the number of trunks because of the LCC assumption. However, it is the most commonly used algorithm.

The example here determines the number of trunks in a trunk group that carry this traffic (a trunk group is defined as a hunt group of parallel trunks):

  • 352 hours of offered call traffic in a month.

  • 22 business days/month.

  • 10% call processing overhead

  • 15% of the traffic occurs in the busy hour.

  • Grade of service p=.01

Busy hour = 352 divided by 22 x 15% x 1.10 (call processing overhead) = 2.64 Erlangs

The traffic assumptions are:

  • Infinite sources.

  • Random or Poisson traffic distribution and lost calls are cleared.

Based on these assumptions, the appropriate algorithm to use is Erlang B. Use this table to determine the appropriate number of trunks (N) for a P of .01.

.003 .005 .01 .02 .03 .05
1 .003 .005 .011 .021 .031 .053
2 .081 .106 .153 .224 .282 .382
3 .289 .349 .456 .603 .716 .9
4 .602 .702 .87 1.093 1.259 1.525
5 .995 1.132 1.361 1.658 1.876 2.219
6 1.447 1.622 1.909 2.276 2.543 2.961
7 1.947 2.158 2.501 2.936 3.25 3.738
8 2.484 2.73 3.128 3.627 3.987 4.543
9 3.053 3.333 3.783 4.345 4.748 5.371
10 3.648 3.961 4.462 5.084 5.53 6.216
11 4.267 4.611 5.16 5.842 6.328 7.077
12 4.904 5.279 5.876 6.615 7.141 7.95
13 5.559 5.964 6.608 7.402 7.967 8.835
14 6.229 6.664 7.352 8.201 8.804 9.73
15 6.913 7.376 8.108 9.01 9.65 10.63

Note: Table is extracted from T. Frankel's "ABC of the Telephone"

Since a grade of service of P .01 is required, use only the column designated as P .01. The calculations indicate a busy hour traffic amount of 2.64 erlangs. This lies between 2.501 and 3.128 in the P .01 column. This corresponds to a number of trunks (N) of seven and eight. Since you are unable to use a fractional trunk, use the next larger value ( eight trunks) to carry the traffic.

There are several variations of Erlang B tables available to determine the number of trunks required to service a specific amount of traffic. The table here shows the relationship between GoS and the number of trunks (T) required to support a rate of traffic in erlangs.

Traffic Rate In Erlangs Number of Trunks (T)
T=1 T=2 T=3 T=4 T=5 T=6 T=7 T=8 T=9 T=10
0.10 .09091 .00452 .00015 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000
0.20 .16667 .01639 .00109 .00005 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000
0.30 .23077 .03346 .00333 .00025 .00002 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000
0.40 .28571 .05405 .00716 .00072 .00006 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000
0.50 .33333 .07692 .01266 .00158 .00016 .00001 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000
0.60 .37500 .10112 .01982 .00296 .00036 .00004 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000
0.70 .41176 .12596 .02855 .000497 .00070 .00008 .00001 .00000 .00000 .00000
0.80 .44444 .15094 .03869 .00768 .00123 .00016 .00002 .00000 .00000 .00000
0.90 .47368 .17570 .05007 .01114 .00200 .00030 .00004 .00000 .00000 .00000
1.00 .50000 .20000 .06250 .01538 .00307 .00051 .00007 .00001 .00000 .00000
1.10 .52381 .22366 .07579 .02042 .00447 .00082 .00013 .00002 .00000 .00000
1.20 .54545 .24658 .08978 .02623 .00625 .00125 .00021 .00003 .00000 .00000
1.30 .56522 .26868 .10429 .03278 .00845 .00183 .00034 .00006 .00001 .00000
1.40 .58333 .28949 .11918 .40040 .01109 .00258 .00052 .00009 .00001 .00000
1.50 .60000 .31034 .13433 .04796 .01418 .00353 .00076 .00014 .00002 .00000
1.60 .61538 .32990 .14962 .05647 .01775 .00471 .00108 .00022 .00004 .00001
1.70 .62963 .34861 .16496 .06551 .02179 .00614 .00149 .00032 .00006 .00001
1.80 .644286 .36652 .18027 .07503 .02630 .00783 .00201 .00045 .00009 .00002
1.90 .65517 .38363 .19547 .08496 .03128 .00981 .00265 .00063 .00013 .00003
2.00 .66667 .40000 .21053 .09524 .03670 .01208 .00344 .00086 .00019 .00004
2.20 .68750 .43060 .23999 .11660 .04880 .01758 .00549 .00151 .00037 .00008
2.40 .70588 .45860 .26841 .13871 .06242 .02436 .00828 .00248 .00066 .00016
2.60 .72222 .48424 .29561 .16118 .07733 .03242 .01190 .00385 .00111 .00029
2.80 .73684 .50777 .32154 .18372 .09329 .04172 .01641 .00571 .00177 .00050
3.00 .75000 .52941 .34615 .20611 .11005 .05216 .02186 .00813 .00270 .00081
3.20 .76190 .54936 .36948 .22814 .12741 .06363 .02826 .01118 .00396 .00127
3.40 .77273 .56778 .39154 .24970 .14515 .07600 .03560 .01490 .00560 .00190
3.60 .78261 .58484 .41239 .27069 .16311 .08914 .04383 .01934 .00768 .00276
3.80 .79167 .60067 .43209 .29102 .18112 .10290 .05291 .02451 .01024 .00388
4.00 .80000 .61538 .45070 .31068 .19907 .11716 .06275 .03042 .01334 .00531

Traffic Rate In Erlangs Number of Trunks (T)
T=11 T=12 T=13 T=14 T=15 T=16 T=17 T=18 T=19 T=20
4.00 .00193 .00064 .00020 .00006 .00002 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000
4.50 .00427 .00160 .00055 .00018 .00005 .00002 .00000 .00000 .00000 .00000
5.00 .00829 .00344 .00132 .00047 .00016 .00005 .00001 .00000 .00000 .00000
5.25 .01107 .00482 .00194 .00073 .00025 .00008 .00003 .00001 .00000 .00000
5.50 .01442 .00657 .00277 .00109 .00040 .00014 .00004 .00001 .00000 .00000
5.75 .01839 .00873 .00385 .00158 .00060 .00022 .00007 .00002 .00001 .00000
6.00 .02299 .01136 .00522 .00223 .00089 .00033 .00012 .00004 .00001 .00000
6.25 .02823 .01449 .00692 .00308 .00128 .00050 .00018 .00006 .00002 .00001
6.50 .03412 .01814 .00899 .00416 .00180 .00073 .00028 .00010 .00003 .00001
6.75 .04062 .02234 .01147 .00550 .00247 .00104 .00041 .00015 .00005 .00002
7.00 .04772 .02708 .01437 .00713 .00332 .00145 .00060 .00023 .00009 .00003
7.25 .05538 .02827 .01173 .00910 .00438 .00198 .00084 .00034 .00013 .00005
7.50 .06356 .03821 .02157 .01142 .00568 .00265 .00117 .00049 .00019 .00007
7.75 .07221 .04456 .02588 .01412 .00724 .00350 .00159 .00068 .00028 .00011
8.00 .08129 .05141 .03066 .01722 .00910 .00453 .00213 .00094 .00040 .00016
8.25 .09074 .05872 .03593 .02073 .01127 .00578 .00280 .00128 .00056 .00023
8.50 .10051 .06646 .04165 .02466 .01378 .00727 .00362 .00171 .00076 .00032
8.75 .11055 .07460 .04781 .02901 .01664 .00902 .00462 .00224 .00103 .00045
9.00 .12082 .08309 .05439 .03379 .01987 .01105 .00582 .00290 .00137 .00062
9.25 .13126 .09188 .06137 .03897 .02347 .01338 .00723 .00370 .00180 .00083
9.50 .14184 .10095 .06870 .04454 .02744 .01603 .00888 .00466 .00233 .00110
9.75 .15151 .11025 .07637 .05050 .03178 .01900 .01708 .00581 .00297 .00145
10.00 .16323 .11974 .08434 .05682 .03650 .02230 .01295 .00714 .00375 .00187
10.25 .17398 .12938 .09257 .06347 .04157 .02594 .01540 .00869 .00467 .00239
10.50 .18472 .13914 .10103 .07044 .04699 .02991 .01814 .01047 .00575 .00301
10.75 .19543 .14899 .10969 .07768 .05274 .03422 .02118 .01249 .00702 .00376
11.00 .20608 .15889 .11851 .08519 .05880 .03885 .02452 .01477 .00848 .00464
11.25 .21666 .16883 .12748 .09292 .06515 .04380 .02817 .01730 .01014 .00567
11.75 .22714 .17877 .13655 .10085 .07177 .04905 .03212 .02011 .01202 .00687

Traffic Rate In Erlangs Number of Trunks (T)
T=21 T=22 T=23 T=24 T=25 T=26 T=27 T=28 T=29 T=30
11.50 .00375 .00195 .00098 .00047 .00022 .00010 .00004 .00002 .00001 .00000
12.00 .00557 .00303 .00158 .00079 .00038 .00017 .00008 .00003 .00001 .00001
12.50 .00798 .00452 .00245 .00127 .00064 .00034 .00014 .00006 .00003 .00001
13.00 .01109 .00651 .00367 .00198 .00103 .00051 .00025 .00011 .00005 .00001
13.50 .01495 .00909 .00531 .00298 .00160 .00083 .00042 .00020 .00009 .00004
14.00 .01963 .01234 .00745 .00433 .00242 .00130 .00067 .00034 .00016 .00008
14.50 .02516 .01631 .01018 .00611 .00353 .00197 .00105 .00055 .00027 .00013
15.00 .03154 .02105 .01354 .00839 .00501 .00288 .00160 .00086 .00044 .00022
15.50 .03876 .02658 .01760 .01124 .00692 .00411 .00235 .00130 .00069 .00036
16.00 .04678 .03290 .02238 .01470 .00932 .00570 .00337 .00192 .00106 .00056
16.50 .05555 .03999 .02789 .01881 .01226 .00772 .00470 .00276 .00157 .00086
17.00 .06499 .04782 .03414 .02361 .01580 .01023 .00640 .00387 .00226 .00128
17.50 .07503 .05632 .04109 .02909 .01996 .01326 .00852 .00530 .00319 .00185
18.00 .08560 .06545 .04873 .03526 .02476 .01685 .01111 .00709 .00438 .00262
18.50 .09660 .07513 .05699 .04208 .03020 .02103 .01421 .00930 .00590 .00362
19.00 .10796 .08528 .04952 .03627 .02582 .01785 .01785 .01197 .00788 .00490
19.50 .11959 .09584 .07515 .05755 .04296 .03121 .02205 .01512 .01007 .00650
20.00 .13144 .10673 .08493 .06610 .05022 .03720 .02681 .01879 .01279 .00846

Note: This table is obtained from "Systems Analysis for Data Transmission," James Martin, Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1972, ISBN: 0-13-881300-0; Table 11. Probability of a Transaction Being Lost, P(n).

In most situations, a single circuit between units is enough for the expected number of voice calls. However, in some routes there is a concentration of calls that requires additional circuits to be added to provide a better GoS. A GoS in telephone engineering usually ranges from 0.01 to 0.001. This represents the probability of the number of calls that are blocked. In other words, .01 is one call in 100, and .001 is one call in 1000 that is lost due to blocking. The usual way to describe the GoS or blocking characteristics of a system is to state the probability that a call is lost when there is a given traffic load. P(01) is considered a good GoS, whereas P(001) is considered a non-blocking GoS.

4. Determine the proper mix of trunks.

The proper mix of trunks is more of an economic decision than a technical decision. Cost per minute is the most commonly used measurement in order to determine the price breakpoint of adding trunks. Ensure that all cost components are considered, such as accounting for additional transmission, equipment, administration, and maintenance costs.

There are two rules to follow when you optimize the network for cost:

  • Use average usage figures instead of the busy hour which overstates the number of call minutes.

  • Use the least costly circuit until the incremental cost becomes more expensive than the next best route.

Based on the previous example, providing a GoS of .01 requires 8 trunks if there are 2.64 erlangs of offered traffic. Derive an average usage figure:

  • 352 hours divided by 22 days in a month divided by 8 hours in a day x 1.10 (call processing overhead) = 2.2 erlangs during the average hour.

Assume that the carrier (XYZ) offers these rates:

  • Direct distance dialing (DDD) = $25 per hour.

  • Savings Plan A = $60 fixed charge plus $18 per hour.

  • Tie trunk = $500 flat rate.

First, graph the costs. All the numbers are converted to hourly figures to make it easier to work with the erlang calculations.


The Tie Trunk, represented by the red line, is a straight line at $500. DDD is a linear line that starts at 0. To optimize costs, the goal is to stay below the curve. The cross-over points between the different plans occur at 8.57 hours between DDD and Plan A, and 24.4 hours between Plan A and Tie Trunks.

The next step is to calculate the carried traffic on a per trunk basis. Most switches allocate voice traffic on a first-in-first-out (FIFO) basis. This means that the first trunk in a trunk group carries substantially more traffic than the last trunk in the same trunk group. Calculate the average allocation of traffic per trunk. It is difficult to do so without a program that calculates these figures on an iterative basis. This table shows the traffic distribution based on 2.2 erlangs using such a program:

Traffic on Each Trunk Based on 2.2 Erlangs

Trunks Offered Hours Carried per Trunk Cumulative Carried GoS
1 2.2 0.688 0.688 0.688
2 1.513 0.565 1.253 0.431
3 0.947 0.419 1.672 0.24
4 0.528 0.271 1.943 0.117
5 0.257 0.149 2.093 0.049
6 0.107 0.069 2.161 0.018
7 0.039 0.027 2.188 0.005
8 0.012 0.009 2.197 0.002
9 0.003 0.003 2.199 0

The first trunk is offered 2.2 hours and carries .688 erlangs. The theoretical maximum for this trunk is one erlang. The eighth trunk only carries .009 erlangs. An obvious implication when you design a data network to carry voice is that the specific trunk moved on to the data network can have a considerable amount of traffic carried, or next to nothing carried.

Using these figures and combining them with the break even prices calculated earlier, you can determine the appropriate mix of trunks. A trunk can carry 176 erlangs of traffic per month, based on 8 hours per day and 22 days per month. The first trunk carries .688 erlangs or is 68.8% effective. On a monthly basis, that equals 121 erlangs. The cross-over points are 24.4 and 8.57 hours. In this figure, tie trunks are still used at 26.2 erlangs. However, the next lower trunk uses Plan A because it drops below 24.4 hours. The same method applies to the DDD calculations.

Regarding voice over data networks, it is important to derive a cost per hour for the data infrastructure. Then, calculate the voice over X trunk as another tariffed option.


5. Equate erlangs of carried traffic to packets or cells per second.

The fifth and last step in traffic engineering is to equate erlangs of carried traffic to packets or cells per second. One way to do this is to convert one erlang to the appropriate data measurement, then apply modifiers. These equations are theoretical numbers based on pulse code modulation (PCM) voice and fully loaded packets.

  • 1 PCM voice channel requires 64 kBps

  • 1 erlang is 60 minutes of voice

Therefore, 1 erlang = 64 kBps x 3600 seconds x 1 byte/8 bits = 28.8 MB of traffic in one hour.

ATM using AAL1

  • 1 Erlang = 655 KB cells/hour assuming a 44 byte payload

  • = 182 cells/sec

ATM using AAL5

  • 1 Erlang = 600 KB cells/hour assuming a 47 byte payload

  • = 167 cells/second

Frame Relay

  • 1 Erlang = 960 KB frames (30 byte payload) or 267 fps


  • 1 Erlang = 1.44 M packets (20 byte packets) or 400 pps

Apply modifiers to these figures based on the actual conditions. Types of modifiers to apply include packet overhead, voice compression, voice activity detection (VAD), and signaling overhead.

Packet overhead can be used as a percent modifier.


  • AAL1 has nine bytes for every 44 bytes of payload or has a 1.2 multiplier.

  • AAL5 has six bytes for every 47 bytes of payload or has a 1.127 multiplier.

Frame Relay

  • Four to six bytes of overhead, payload variable to 4096 bytes.

  • Using 30 bytes of payload and four bytes of overhead, it has a 1.13 multiplier.


  • 20 bytes for IP.

  • Eight bytes for User Datagram Protocol (UDP).

  • Twelve to 72 bytes for Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP).

Without using Compressed Real-Time Protocol (CRTP), the amount of overhead is unrealistic. The actual multiplier is three. CRTP can reduce the overhead further, generally in the range of four to six bytes. Assuming five bytes, the multiplier changes to 1.25. Assume that you run 8 KB of compressed voice. You are unable to get below 10 KB if you factor in overhead. Consider Layer 2 overhead as well.

Voice compression and voice activity detection are also treated as multipliers. For example, conjugate structure algebraic code excited linear prediction (CS-ACELP) ( 8 KB voice) is considered a .125 multiplier. VAD can be considered a .6 or .7 multiplier.

Factor in signaling overhead. In particular, VoIP needs to figure in the Real Time Control Protocol (RTCP) and the H.225 and H.245 connections.

The final step is to apply traffic distribution to the trunks to see how it equates to bandwidth. This diagram shows the traffic distribution based on busy hour and average hour calculations. For the busy hour calculations, the program that shows the distribution of traffic per trunk based on 2.64 erlangs is used.


BH = Busy Hour

AH = Average Hour

Using the average hour figures as an example, there are .688 erlangs on the first trunk. This equates to 64 kBps x .688 = 44 kBps. 8 KB voice compression equates to 5.5 kBps. IP overhead factored in brings the number up to 6.875 kBps. With voice trunks, the initial trunks carry high traffic only in larger trunk groups.

When you work with voice and data managers, the best approach to take when you calculate voice bandwidth requirements is to work through the math. Eight trunks are needed at all times for peak traffic intensity. Using PCM voice results in 512 KB for eight trunks. The busy hour uses 2.64 erlangs, or 169 kBps of traffic. On average, you use 2.2 erlangs or 141 kBps of traffic.

2.2 erlangs of traffic carried over IP using voice compression requires this bandwidth:

  • 141 kBps x .125 (8 KB voice) x 1.25 (overhead using CRTP) = 22 kBps

Other modifiers that need to be accounted for include:

  • Layer 2 overhead

  • Call setup and tear down signaling overhead

  • Voice activity detection (if used)

Gain/Loss Plan

In today's customer private networks, attention must be given to transmission parameters, such as end-to-end loss and propagation delay. Individually, these characteristics hinder the efficient transfer of information through a network. Together, they manifest themselves as an even more detrimental obstruction referred to as "echo."

Loss is introduced into transmission paths between end offices (EO) primarily to control echo and near-singing (Listener Echo). The amount of loss needed to achieve a given talker-echo GoS increases with delay. However, the loss also attenuates the primary speech signal. Too much loss makes it difficult to hear the speaker. The degree of difficulty depends upon the amount of noise in the circuit. The joint effect of loss, noise, and talker-echo is assessed through the loss-noise-echo GoS measure. The development of a loss plan takes into account the joint customer perception effect of the three parameters (loss, noise, and talker echo). A loss plan needs to provide a value of connection loss that is close to the optimum value for all connection lengths. At the same time, the plan must be easy enough to implement and administer. The information here helps you to design and implement the Cisco MC3810 into a customer private network.

Private Branch Exchanges

A PBX is an assembly of equipment that allows an individual within a community of users to originate and answer calls to and from the public network ( through central office, wide-area telephone service (WATS), and FX trunks), special service trunks, and other users (PBX lines) within the community. Upon dial initiation, the PBX connects the user to an idle line or to an idle trunk in an appropriate trunk group. It returns the appropriate call status signal, such as a dial tone or audible ring. A busy indication is returned if the line or trunk group is busy. An attendant position can be provided to answer incoming calls and for user assistance. There are both Analog and Digital PBXs. An Analog PBX (APBX) is a dial PBX that uses analog switching to make call connections. A Digital PBX (DPBX) is a dial PBX that uses digital switching to make call connections. PBXs function in one of three ways: Satellite, Main, and Tandem.

A Satellite PBX is homed on a Main PBX through which it receives calls from the public network and can connect to other PBXs in a private network.

A Main PBX functions as the interface to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). It supports a specific geographic area. It can support a subtending Satellite PBX as well as function as a Tandem PBX.

A Tandem PBX functions as a through-point. Calls from one Main PBX are routed through another PBX to a third PBX. Therefore, the word Tandem.

PBX Interfaces

PBX interfaces are broken into four major categories:

  • Tie Trunk Interfaces

  • Public Network Interfaces

  • Satellite PBX Interfaces

  • Line Interfaces

This document focuses on the Tie Trunk and Satellite PBX Interfaces. There are four major interfaces in these two categories:

  • S/DTT - Digital trunk interface to digital Satellite PBX tie trunk.

  • S/ATT - Analog trunk interface to analog Satellite PBX tie trunk.

  • D/TT - Digital trunk interface to non-ISDN digital or combination tie trunk.

  • A/TT - Analog trunk interface to tie trunk.

PBX Interface Levels


                       |         |

                       |         | ------>    0 dB  D/TT, S/DTT 

                       |         | <------    0 dB

                -------|         |

                |                | ------>   -2 dB  A/TT , S/ATT,  S/DTT (with CB)

                |________________| <------   -2 dB

The interfaces and levels expected by DPBXs are listed first in order to help design and implement the Cisco MC3810s with the correct transmit and receive levels. DPBXs with pure digital tie trunks (no analog-to-digital conversions) always receive and transmit at 0 dB (D/TT), as illustrated in the previous figure.

For DPBXs with hybrid tie trunks (analog-to-digital conversion), the transmit and receive levels are also 0 dB if the Channel Bank (CB) interface connects to the DPBX digitally at both ends and an Analog Tie Trunk is used (see the next figure). If the CB connects to the DPBX through an analog interface, the levels are -2.0 dB for both transmit and receive (see this figure).

DPBXs with Hybrid Tie Trunks


Channel Bank Connects to the DPBX Through an Analog Interface


If there is only one CB and it connects to a DPBX through an analog interface, the levels are -2.0 dB transmit and -4.0 receive (see this figure).

One CB Connected to a DPBX Through an Analog Interface


Design and Install the Cisco MC3810

When you implement Cisco MC3810s into a customer network, you must first understand the existing network loss plan to ensure that an end-to-end call still has the same overall loss or levels when the Cisco MC3810s are installed. This process is called baselining or benchmarking. One way to benchmark is to draw all of the network components before you install the Cisco MC3810. Then document the expected levels at key access and egress points in the network, based on Electronic Industries Association and Telecommunications Industry Association (EIA/TIA) standards. Measure the levels at these same access and egress points in the network to ensure that they are properly documented (see this figure). Once the levels are measured and documented, install the Cisco MC3810. Once installed, adjust the levels of the Cisco MC3810 to match the levels previously measured and documented (see this figure).

Network Components Before you Install the Cisco MC3810


Network Components After you Install the Cisco MC3810


For the majority of Cisco MC3810 implementations, DPBXs are part of the overall customer network. For example, the network topology can look like this:

DPBX (Location 1) connects to a Cisco MC3810 (Location 1). This connects to a facility/trunk (digital or analog) to a distant end (Location 2). The facility/trunk is connected to another Cisco MC3810. This is connected to another DPBX (Location 2). In this scenario, the levels (transmit and receive) that are expected at the DPBX are determined by the facility/trunk type or interface (as illustrated in the previous figure).

The next step is to start the design:

  1. Diagram the existing network with all of the transmission equipment and facility connections included.

  2. Using the information listed above and in the EIA/TIA Standards (EIA/TIA 464-B and EIA/TIA Telecommunications Systems Bulletin No. 32 - Digital PBX Loss Plan Application Guide), list the expected levels (for both egress and access interfaces) for each piece of transmission equipment.

  3. Measure the actual levels to ensure that the expected levels and the actual levels are the same. If they are not, go back and review the EIA/TIA documents for the type of configuration and interface. Make level adjustments as necessary. If they are the same, document the levels and move on to the next piece of equipment. Once you have documented all of the measured levels in the network and they are consistent with the expected levels, you are ready to install the Cisco MC3810.

Install the Cisco MC3810 and adjust the levels to match the levels measured and documented prior to installation. This ensures that the overall levels are still consistent with those of the benchmark levels. Make a call through test to ensure the Cisco MC3810 operates efficiently. If not, go back and recheck the levels to ensure they are set correctly.

The Cisco MC3810 can also be used to interface to the PSTN. It is designed to have - 3 dB on Foreign Exchange Station (FXS) ports, and 0 dB for Foreign Exchange Office (FXO) and recEive and transMit (E&M) ports. For analog, these values are true for both directions. For digital, the value is 0 dB. The Cisco MC3810 has a dynamic command to show the actual gain (show voice call x/y) to allow a technician to hold a digit key and watch the actual gain for various DTMF tones.

Internal built-in interface offsets for the Cisco MC3810 are listed here:

  • FXO input gain offset = 0.7 dBm FXO output attenuation offset = - 0.3 dBm

  • FXS input gain offset = -5 dBm FXS output attenuation offset = 2.2 dBm

  • E&M 4w input gain offset = -1.1 dBm E&M 4w output attenuation offset = - 0.4dBm

The Voice Quality Testbed (VQT) system is a tool to make objective audio measurements on a variety of audio transmission devices and networks. Some examples include:

  • The measurement of end-to-end audio delay in a packet switched network.

  • The measurement of the frequency response of a plain old telephone service (POTS) channel.

  • The measurement of the effectiveness and speed of a telephone network echo canceller.

  • The measurement of the acoustic impulse response of a speaker phone terminal.

Clocking Plan

Hierarchical Synchronization

The hierarchical synchronization method consists of four stratum levels of clocks. It is selected to synchronize the North American networks. It is consistent with the current industry standards.

In the hierarchical synchronization method, frequency references are transmitted between nodes. The highest level clock in the synchronization hierarchy is a Primary Reference Source (PRS). All interconnecting digital synchronization networks need to be controlled by a PRS. A PRS is equipment that maintains a long-term frequency accuracy of 1x10-11 or better with optional verification to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and meets current industry standards. This equipment can be a stratum 1 clock (Cesium standard) or can be equipment directly controlled by standard UTC-derived frequency and time services, such as LORAN-C or Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS) radio receivers. The LORAN-C and GPS signals themselves are controlled by Cesium standards that are not a part of the PRS since they are physically removed from it. Because primary reference sources are stratum 1 devices or are traceable to stratum 1 devices, every digital synchronization network controlled by a PRS has stratum 1 traceability.

Stratum 2 nodes form the second level of the synchronization hierarchy. Stratum 2 clocks provide synchronization to:

  • Other stratum 2 devices.

  • Stratum 3 devices, such as Digital Crossconnect Systems (DCSs) or digital end offices.

  • Stratum 4 devices, such as channel banks or DPBXs.

Similarly, stratum 3 clocks provide synchronization to other stratum 3 devices and/or to stratum 4 devices.

One attractive feature of hierarchical synchronization is that existing digital transmission facilities between digital switching nodes can be used for synchronization. For example, the basic 1.544 MB/s line rate (8000-frame-per-second frame rate) of a T1 Carrier System can be used for this purpose without diminishing the traffic carrying capacity of that carrier system. Hence, separate transmission facilities do not need to be dedicated for synchronization. However, synchronization interfaces between public and private networks need to be coordinated because of certain digital transmission facility characteristics, such as facility trouble history, pointer adjustments, and the number of switching points.

Reliable operation is crucial to all parts of a telecommunications network. For this reason, the synchronization network includes primary and secondary (backup) synchronization facilities to each Stratum 2 node, many Stratum 3 nodes, and Stratum 4 nodes, where applicable. In addition, each Stratum 2 and 3 node is equipped with an internal clock that bridges short disruptions of the synchronization references. This internal clock is normally locked to the synchronization references. When the synchronization reference is removed, the clock frequency is maintained at a rate determined by its stability.

Source of PRS-Traceable References

Private digital networks, when interconnected with PRS-traceable local exchange carrier/ International Electrotechnical Commission (LEC/IEC) networks, need to be synchronized from a reference signal traceable to a PRS. Two methods can be employed to achieve PRS traceability:

  • Provide a PRS clock, in which case the network operates plesiochronously with the LEC/IEC networks.

  • Accept PRS-traceable timing from the LEC/IEC networks.

Synchronization Interface Considerations

There are fundamentally two architectures that can be used to pass timing across the interface between LEC/IEC and the private network. The first is for the network to accept a PRS-traceable reference from an LEC/IEC at one location and to then provide timing references to all other equipment over interconnecting facilities. The second is for the network to accept a PRS-traceable reference at each interface with an LEC/IEC.

In the first method, the private network has control of the synchronization of all equipment. However, from a technical and maintenance viewpoint, there are limitations. Any loss of the distribution network causes all of the associated equipment to slip against the LEC/IEC networks. This problem causes troubles that are difficult to detect.

In the second method, PRS-traceable references are provided to the private network at each interface with an LEC/IEC. In this arrangement, the loss of a PRS-traceable reference causes a minimum of troubles. Additionally, the slips against the LEC/IEC occur at the same interface as the source of the trouble. This makes trouble location and subsequent repairs easier.


Signaling is defined by CCITT Recommendation Q.9 as "the exchange of information (other than speech) specifically concerned with the establishment, release, and control of calls, and network management in automatic telecommunications operations."

In the broadest sense, there are two signaling realms:

  • Subscriber signaling

  • Trunk signaling (interswitch and/or interoffice)

Signaling is also traditionally classified into four basic functions:

  • Supervision

  • Address

  • Call Progress

  • Network Management

Supervision signaling is used to:

  • Initiate a call request on line or trunks (called line signaling on trunks)

  • Hold or release an established connection

  • Initiate or terminate charging

  • Recall an operator on an established connection

Address signaling conveys such information as the calling or called subscriber's telephone number and an area code, an access code, or a Private Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX) tie trunk access code. An address signal contains information that indicates the destination of a call initiated by a customer, network facility, and so forth.

Call progress signals are usually audible tones or recorded announcements that convey call-progress or call-failure information to subscribers or operators. These call-progress signals are fully described .

Network management signals are used to control the bulk assignment of circuits or to modify the operating characteristics of switching systems in a network in response to overload conditions.

There are about 25 recognized interregister signaling systems worldwide, in addition to some subscriber signaling techniques. CCITT Signaling System Number 7 (SSN7) is fast becoming the international/national standard interregister signaling system.

Most installations will probably involve E&M signaling. However, for reference, single frequency (SF) signaling on Tip and Ring loops, Tip and Ring reverse battery loops, loop start, and ground start are also included.

Types I and II are the most popular E&M signaling in the Americas. Type V is used in the United States. It is also very popular in Europe. SSDC5A differs in that on- and off-hook states are reversed to allow for fail-safe operation. If the line breaks, the interface defaults to off-hook (busy). Of all the types, only II and V are symmetrical ( can be back-to-back using a cross-over cable). SSDC5 is most often found in England.

Other signaling techniques often used are delay, immediate, and wink start. Wink start is an in-band technique where the originating device waits for an indication from the called switch before it sends the dialed digits. Wink start normally is not used on trunks that are controlled with message-oriented signaling schemes such as ISDN or Signaling System 7 (SS7).

Summary of Signaling System Applications and Interfaces

Signaling System Application/Interface Characteristics
Station Loop
Loop Signaling
Basic Station DC signaling. Origination at station. Ringing from Central Office.
Coin Station DC signaling. Loop-start or ground-start origination at station. Ground and simplex paths are used in addition to the line for coin collection and return.
Interoffice Trunk
Loop Reverse Battery One-way call origination. Directly applicable to metallic facilities. Both current and polarity are sensed. Used on carrier facilities with appropriate facility signaling system.
E&M Lead Two way call origination. Requires facility signaling system for all applications.
Facility Signaling System
Metallic DX
Analog SF
Digital Bits in information
Special Service
Loop Type Standard station loop and trunk arrangement as above. Ground-start format similar to coin service for PBX-CO trunks.
E & M Lead E&M for PBX dial tie trunks. E&M for carrier system channels in special service circuits.

North American Practices

The typical North American touchtone set provides a 12-tone set. Some custom sets provide 16-tone signals of which the extra digits are identified by the A-D push buttons.

DTMF Pairs

Low Frequency Group (Hz) High Frequency Group (Hz)
1209 1336 1477 1633
697 1 2 3 A
770 4 5 6 B
852 7 8 9 C
941 * 0 # D

Audible Tones Commonly Used in North America

Tone Frequencies (Hz) Cadence
Dial 350 + 440 Continuous
Busy (station) 480 + 620 0.5 sec on, 0.5 sec off
Busy (network) 480 + 620 0.2 sec on, 0.3 sec off
Ring return 440 + 480 2 sec on, 4 sec off
Off-hook alert Multifreq howl 1 sec on, 1 sec off
Recording warning 1400 0.5 sec on, 15 sec off
Call waiting 440 0.3 sec on, 9.7 sec off

Call Progress Tones Used in North America

Name Frequencies (Hz) Pattern Levels
Low tone 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 Various -24 dBm0 61 to 71 dBmC 61 to 71 dBmC 61 to 71 dBmC 61 to 71 dBmC
High tone 480 400 500 Various -17 dBmC 61 to 71 dBmC 61 to 71 dBmC
Dial tone 350 + 440 Steady -13 dBm0
Audible ring tone 440 + 480 440 + 40 500 + 40 2 sec on, 4 sec off 2 sec on, 4 sec off 2 sec on, 4 sec off -19 dBmC 61 to 71 dBmC 61 to 71 dBmC
Line Busy Tone 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 0.5 sec on, 0.5 sec off  
Reorder 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 0.3 sec on, 0.2 sec off  
6A alerting tone 440 2 sec on, followed by 0.5 sec on, every 10 sec  
Recorder warning tone 1400 0.5 sec burst every 15 sec  
Reverting tone 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 0.5 sec on, 0.5 sec off -24 dBmC
Deposit coin tone 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 Steady  
Receiver off-hook (analog) 1400 + 2060 + 2450 + 2600 0.1 sec on, 0.1 sec off +5 vu
Receiver off-hook 1400 + 2060 + 2450 + 2600 0.1 sec on, 0.1 sec off +3.9 to -6.0 dBm
Howler 480 Incremented in level Every 1 sec for 10 sec Up to 40 vu
No such number (crybaby) 200 to 400 Freq. modulated at 1 hz interrupted every 6 sec for 0.5 sec  
Vacant code 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 0.5 sec on, 0.5 sec off, 0.5 sec on, 1.5 sec off?  
Busy verification Tone (Centrex) 440 Initial 1.5 sec followed 0.3 sec every 7.5 to 10 sec -13 dBm0
Busy verification Tone (TSPS) 440 Initial 2 sec followed 0.5 sec every 10 sec -13 dBm0
Call waiting tone 440 Two bursts of 300 ms separated by 10 sec -13 dBm0
Confirmation tone 350 + 440 3 bursts of 300 ms separated by 10 sec -13 dBm0
Indication of camp-on 440 1 sec every attendant releases from loop -13 dBm0
Recall dial tone 350 + 440 3 bursts, 0.1 sec on, sec off then steady -13 dBm0
Data set answer back tone 2025 Steady -13 dBm
Calling card prompt tone 941 + 1477 followed by 440 + 350 60 ms -10 dBm0
Class of Service 480 400 500 0.5 to 1 sec once  
Order tones
Single 480 400 500 0.5 sec  
Double 480 400 500 2 short bursts  
Triple 480 400 500 3 short bursts  
Quad 480 400 500 4 short bursts  
Number checking tone 135 Steady  
Coin denomination
3 5 cents 1050-1100 (bell) One tap  
slot 10 cents 1050-1100 (bell) Two taps  
stations 25 cents 800 (gong) One tap  
Coin collect tone 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 Steady  
Coin return tone 480 400 500 0.5 to 1 sec once  
Coin return test tone 480 400 500 0.5 to 1 sec once  
Group busy tone 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 Steady  
Vacant position 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 Steady  
Dial off normal 480 + 620 600 x 120 600 x 133 600 x 140 600 x 160 Steady  
Permanent signal 480 400 500 Steady  
Warning tone 480 400 500 Steady  
Service observing 135 Steady  
Proceed to send Tone (IDDD) 480 Steady -22 dBm0
Centralized intercept 1850 500 ms -17 dBm0
ONI order tone 700 + 1100 95 to 250 ms -25 dBm0

Note: Three dots in the pattern mean that the pattern is repeated indefinitely.

Single Frequency In-Band Signaling

SF in-band signaling is widely used in North America. Its most common application is for supervision, such as idle-busy, also called line signaling. It can also be used for dial pulse signaling on trunks. The dynamics of SF signaling requires an understanding of the signal durations and configurations of the E&M circuits, as well as the lead interface arrangements. These tables show the characteristics of SF signaling, E&M lead configurations, and interface arrangements.

Typical Single Frequency Signaling Characteristics

Signaling frequency (tone) 2600 Hz
Idle state transmission Cut
Idle/break Tone
Busy/make No Tone
Detector bandwidth +/- 50 Hz @ -7 dBm for E type +/- 30 Hz @ -7 dBm
Pulsing rate 7.5 to 122 pps
E/M unit
Minimum time for on-hook 33 ms
Minimum no tone for off-hook 55 ms
Input percent break (tone) 38-85 (10 pps)
E lead - open Idle
- ground Busy
Originating (loop reverse battery) unit
Minimum tone for idle 40 ms
Minimum no tone for off-hook 43 ms
Minimum output for on-hook 69 ms
Voltage on R lead (-48 V on ring and ground on tip) On-hook
Voltage on T lead (-48 V on tip and ground on ring) Off-hook
Terminating (loop reverse battery) unit
Minimum tone for on-hook 90 ms
Minimum no tone for off-hook 60 ms
Minimum output (tone-on) 56 ms
Loop open On-hook
Loop closed Off-hook
Low level tone -36 dBm
High level tone -24 dBm
High level tone duration 400 ms
Precut 8 ms
Holdover cut 125 ms
Crosscut 625 ms
On hook cut 625 ms
E/M unit
Voltage on M lead Off-hook (no tone)
Open/ground on M lead On-hook (tone)
Minimum ground on M lead 21 ms
Minimum voltage on M lead 21 ms
Minimum output tone 21 ms
Minimum no tone 21 ms
Originating (loop reverse battery) unit
Loop current to no tone 19 ms
No loop current to tone 19 ms
Minimum input for tone out 20 ms
Minimum input for no tone out 14 ms
Minimum tone out 51 ms
Minimum no tone out 26 ms
Loop open On-hook
Loop closed Off-hook
Terminating (loop) unit
Reverse battery to no tone 19 ms
Normal battery to tone 19 ms
Minimum battery for tone out 25 ms
Minimum reverse battery for no tone 14 ms
Minimum tone out 51 ms
Minimum no tone out 26 ms
Battery on R lead (-48 v) On-hook
Battery on TY lead (-48 on tip Off-hook

Single Frequency Signals Used in E&M Lead Signaling

Calling End Called End
Signal M-Lead E-Lead 2600 Hz 2600 Hz E-Lead M-Lead Signal
Idle Ground Open On On Open Ground Idle
Connect Battery Open Off On Ground Ground Connect
Stop dialing Battery Ground Off Off Ground Battery Stop dialing
Start dialing Battery Open Off On Ground Ground Start Dialing
Dial pulsing Ground Open On On Open Ground Dial pulsing
  Battery   Off   Ground    
Off -hook Battery Ground Off Off Ground Battery Off-hook (answer)
Ring forward Ground Ground On Off Open Battery Ring forward
  Battery   Off       Ground
Ringback Battery Open Off On Ground Ground Ringback
    Ground   Off   Battery  
Flashing Battery Open Off On Ground Ground Flashing
    Ground   Off   Battery  
On-hook Battery Open Off On Ground Ground On-hook
Disconnect Ground Open On On Open Ground Disconnect

Single Frequency Signals Used in Reverse Battery Tip and Ring Loop Signaling

Calling End Called End
Signal T/R - SF SF - T/R 2600 Hz 2600 Hz T/R - SF SF - T/R Signal
Idle Open Batt-gnd On On Open Batt-gnd Idle
Connect Closure Batt-gnd Off On Closure Batt-gnd Connect
Stop dialing Closure Rev batt-gnd Off Off Closure Rev batt-gnd Stop dialing
Start dialing Closure Batt-gnd Off On Closure Batt-gnd Start dialing
Dial pulsing Open Batt-gnd On On Open Batt-gnd Dial pulsing
  Closure     Off   Closure  
Off-hook Closure Rev batt-gnd Off Off Closure Rev batt-gnd Off-hook (answer)
Ring forward Open Rev batt-gnd On Off Open Rev batt-gnd Ring forward
  Closure   Off   Closure    
Ringback Closure Batt-gnd Off On Closure Batt-gnd Ringback
    Rev batt-gnd   Off   Rev batt-gnd  
Flashing Closure Batt-gnd Off On Closure Batt-gnd Flashing
    Rev batt-gnd   Off   Rev batt-gnd  
On-hook Closure Batt-gnd Off On Closure Batt-gnd On-hook
Disconnect Open Batt-gnd On On Open Batt-gnd Disconnect

Single Frequency Signals Used for Ringing and Loop-Start Signaling Using Tip and Ring Leads - Call Originating at Central Office End

Signal T/R - SF SF - T/R 2600 Hz 2600 Hz T/R - SF SF - T/R Signal
Idle Gnd-batt Open Off On Gnd-batt Open Idle
Seizure Gnd-batt Open Off On Gnd-batt Open Idle
Ringing Gnd-batt and 20 Hz Open On-off On Gnd-batt and 20 Hz Open Ringing
Off-hook (ring-trip and talk) Gnd-batt Closure Off Off Gnd-batt Closure Off-hook (ring-trip and answer)
On-hook Gnd-batt Closure Off Off Gnd-batt Closure Off-hook
On-hook (hang-up) Gnd-batt Open Off On Gnd-batt Open On-hook (hang-up)

Note: 20 Hz ringing (2 sec on, 4 sec off)

Single Frequency Signals Used for Ringing and Loop-Start Signaling Using Tip and Ring Leads - Call Originating at Station End

Signal T/R - SF SF - T/R 2600 Hz 2600 Hz T/R - SF SF - T/R Signal
Idle Open Gnd-batt On Off Open Gnd-batt Idle
Off-hook (seizure) Closure Gnd-batt Off Off Closure Gnd-batt Idle
Start dial Closure Dial tone and gnd-batt Off Off Closure Dial tone and gnd-batt Start dial
Dial pulsing Open-closure Gnd-batt On-off Off Open-closure Gnd-batt Dial pulsing
Waiting answer Closure Audible ring and gnd-batt Off Off Closure Audible ring and gnd-batt Waiting answer
On-hook (talk) Closure Gnd-batt Off Off Closure Gnd-batt Off-hook (answered)
On-hook (hang up) Open Gnd-batt Closure On Off Open Gnd-batt On-hook (disconnected) Off-hook

Single Frequency Signals Used for Ringing and Ground-Start Signaling Using Tip and Ring Leads - Call Originating at Central Office End

Signal T/R - SF SF - T/R 2600 Hz 2600 Hz T/R - SF SF - T/R Signal
Idle Open-batt Batt-batt On On Open-batt   Idle
Seizure Gnd-batt Open On On Gnd-batt   Make-busy
Ringing Gnd-batt and 20 Hz Open On and 20 Hz On Gnd-batt and 20 Hz Open Ringing
Off-hook (ring-trip and talk) Gnd-batt Closure Off Off Gnd-batt Closure Off-hook (ring-trip and answer)
On-hook Gnd-batt Closure On Off Open-batt Closure On-hook
On-hook (hang-up) Gnd-batt Open Off On Gnd-batt Open On-hook (hang-up)

Note: 20 Hz ringing (2 sec on, 4 sec off)

Single Frequency Signals Used for Ringing and Ground-Start Signaling Using Tip and Ring Leads - Call Originating at Station End

Signal T/R - SF SF - T/R 2600 Hz 2600 Hz T/R - SF SF - T/R Signal
Idle   Open-batt On On Batt-batt Open-batt Idle
Off-hook (seizure) Ground Open-batt Off On Batt-batt Open-batt Seizure
Start dial Closure Dial tone and gnd-batt Off Off Closure Dial tone and gnd-batt Start dial
Dial pulsing Open-closure Gnd-batt On-off Off Open-closure Gnd-batt Dial pulsing
Waiting answer Closure Audible ring and gnd-batt Off Off Closure Audible ring and gnd-batt Waiting answer
Off-hook (talk) Closure Gnd-batt Off Off Closure Gnd-batt Off-hook (answered)
On-hook Closure Open-batt On On Batt-batt Open-batt On-hook (disconnected)
On-hook (disconnected)   Closure On Off Open-batt Open-batt On-hook

Site Preparation Guide

Download these checklists and forms (Adobe Acrobat PDF files) to plan for the installation of a Cisco MC3810 at a new site:

Hunting Groups and Preference Configuration

The Cisco MC3810 supports the concept of hunting groups. This is the configuration of a group of dial peers on the same PBX with the same destination pattern. With a hunting group, if a call attempt is made to a dial peer on a specific digital signal level 0 (DS-0) timeslot and that timeslot is busy, the Cisco MC3810 hunts for another timeslot on that channel until an available timeslot is found. In this case, each dial peer is configured using the same destination pattern of 3000. It forms a dial pool to that destination pattern. To provide specific dial peers in the pool with a preference over other dial peers, configure the preference order for each dial peer using the preference command. The preference value is between zero and ten. Zero means the highest priority. This is an example of the dial peer configuration with all dial peers having the same destination pattern, but with different preference orders:

dial-peer voice 1 pots

destination pattern 3000

port 1/1

preference 0

dial-peer voice 2 pots

destination pattern 3000

port 1/2

preference 1

dial-peer voice 3 pots

destination pattern 3000

port 1/3

preference 3

You can also set the preference order on the network side for voice-network dial peers. However, you cannot mix the preference orders for POTS dial peers (local telephone devices) and voice-network peers (devices across the WAN backbone). The system only resolves the preference among dial peers of the same type. It does not resolve preferences between the two separate preference order lists. If POTS and voice-network peers are mixed in the same hunt group, the POTS dial peers must have priority over the voice-network peers. To disable further dial peer hunting if a call fails, the huntstop configuration command is used. To reenable it, the nohuntstop command is used.


  • Ameritec Model 401 - Multi-Purpose Telecom Tester

    • Fractional T1 Bit Error Rate Test (BERT)

    • CSU emulator/controller

    • SLC-96 monitor

    • Physical layer tester

    • Wideband Transmission Impairment Measurement Set (TIMS)

    • Voltmeter

    • DTMF/MF digit decoder

  • Dracon TS19 Portable Test Telephone (butt set)

  • IDS Model 93 Analog Test Set

    • Transmit

      • 250-4000 Hz Sweep

      • 3 Tone Gain Slope Test

      • Controllable Levels +6dBm - -26 dBm in 1 dB Steps

      • 5 Fixed Frequencies (404, 1004, 2804, 3804, 2713 Hz)

      • 5 Fixed Amplitudes (-13, -7, 0, +3, +6 dBm)

      • 5 User Stored Frequencies/Amplitudes

    • Receiver

      • Measurement Signal Amplitudes of +1.2 dBm - -70 dBm with 0.1 dBm resolution

      • Frequency and Level Measurement Displayed in dBm, dBrn, and Vrms

      • Filters include 3 kHz Flat, C-Msg, and 1010 Hz Notch

    • Selectable Impedances of 600, 900 or High-Z Ohms

Acceptance Plan

The acceptance plan needs to contain elements that demonstrate the dial/numbering plan and all voice quality issues such as the gain/loss plan, traffic engineering or loading, and signaling and interconnection with all equipment.

  1. Verify that the voice connection works by doing these :

    1. Pick up the handset of a telephone connected to the configuration. Verify that there is a dial tone.

    2. Make a call from the local telephone to a configured dial peer. Verify that the call attempt is successful.

  2. Check the validity of the dial peer and voice port configuration by performing these tasks:

    1. If you have relatively few dial peers configured, use the show dial-peer voice summary command to verify that the data configured is correct.

    2. To show the status of the voice ports, use the show voice port command.

    3. To show the call status for all voice ports, use the show voice call command.

    4. To show the current status of all domain specific part (DSP) voice channels, use the show voice dsp command.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you have trouble connecting a call, try to resolve the problem by performing these tasks:

  • If you suspect the problem is in the Frame Relay configuration, make sure that frame-relay traffic-shaping is turned on.

  • If you send voice over Frame Relay traffic over serial port 2 with a T1 controller, make sure the channel group command is configured.

  • If you suspect the problem is associated with the dial peer configuration, use the show dial-peer voice command on the local and remote concentrators to verify that the data is configured correctly on both.

Document and record the results of all tests.

Related Information

Updated: Feb 02, 2006
Document ID: 5756