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Functional Specification for IBC Telecommunications Management

Objective

The successful development of the IBC network demands a telecommunication management network (TMN) addressing the needs of the operators, their suppliers and the IBC users. The main objective of NETMAN is to produce a set of stable and concise functional specifications for the TMN, and to submit these to Part II TMN projects, R1053 - TERRACE, R2041 - PRISM and to the international standardisation bodies.
The successful development of the integrated broadband communication (IBC) network demands a telecommunication management network (TMN) addressing the needs of the serivce or network operatiors, their suppliers and the IBC users. The main objective of NETMAN is to produce a set of stable and concise functional specifications for the TMN and to submit these to the international standardisation bodies.
The technical approach is based on capturing the TMN functional and information requirements from telecommunications management (TM) methods of existing projects, the needs of IBC operators and international standards. These functions will be structured in a top down manner to form a TM reference model. A set of functional specifications for design, planning, installation, maintenance, accounting management, performance management, customer query and control and security management will cover the life cycle of TM.
An object oriented approach to data modelling TM information synthesises the results to produce and original layered (business, service, network and element) model for the IBC-TMN. A hypermedia animation of the TM specifications, based on Apple supercard, will be among the final outputs of the project.
Achievements to date include: draft telecommunications management functional specification, first draft status of important common functional specifications in TM area, an original information model of IBC managed objects, contributions to standards on TMN information model and TM functional specifications and 7-step quality of service (QoS specification methodology.
Technical Approach

The technical approach is based on capturing the TMN functional and information requirements from the telecommunications management (TM) methods of existing ISDN, Mobile, LANs and MANs, RACE technology projects, the needs of IBC operators and international standards. These functions will be structured in a top-down manner to form a TM reference model. Using the methodology developed by BEST and others, a set of functional specifications for design, planning, installation, maintenance, accounting management, performance management, customer query and control and security management, performance management, customer query and control and security management will cover the life-cycle of TM.

An object oriented approach to data modelling TM information synthesises the results of CCITT, OSI NM Forum, ETSI and RACE to produce an original layered (business, service, network and element) model for the IBC-TMN. A hypermedia animation of the TM specifications, based on Apple supercard, will be among the final outputs of the project.

An original seven-step methodology for the specifications of QoS parameters for IBC will be maintained as a RACE Common Functional Specification.

Key Issues

- Structured TM requirements
- TMN data modelling
- Functional specifications
- QoS specification methodology

Achievements

- Draft Telecommunications Management Functional Specification.
- First draft status of important Common Functional Specifications in TM area.
- An original information model of IBC managed objects.
- Contributions to standards (ETSI NA4) on 'TMN Information Model' and 'TM Functional Specifications'(1991)
- Seven-step QoS specification methodology

The project published, during 1991, 3 papers in the 'Fifth RACE TMN Conference'.

Expected Impact

- Input to the TMN technology projects, and TERRACE and PRISM of a consistent functional and information modelling approach and terminology to provide a framework for the development of prototypes and TMN reference configurations

- Acceptance of technical results by the international standards bodies dealing with telecommunication management issues

Coordinator

Broadcom Eireann Res Ltd
Address
Clanwilliam Place
2 Dublin
Ireland

Participants (7)

BRITISH TELECOM PLC (BT)
United Kingdom
Centro de Estudios de Telecommunicaoes
Portugal
GEC Marconi Materials Technology Ltd
United Kingdom
INTRACOM SA
Greece
TELEFONICA DE ESPANA S.A
Spain
Televerket (Swedish Telecommunications Administration)
Sweden
Telia Research - AB
Sweden