The project was successfully completed on November 2009.
The main results achieved in Task 1 were:
- Definition of five service scenarios representative for the evolution of existing broadband satellite systems towards the Next Generation Network (NGN) infrastructure.
- Selection of three reference service scenarios for the rest of the study.
- Definition of the High Level Functional Architecture representing the satellite access network and its interfaces to terrestrial networks within an NGN framework.
- Definition of SLA management functions requirements.
In Task 2, the main achievements were:
- Specification of the overall functional system architecture of the target satellite access network integrated into the NGN infrastructure. This architecture is defined at the level of Functional Entities (FEs) in the INAP (Interactive Network Access Provider) and SP (Service Provider) networks, bringing together the mechanisms, protocols and interfaces identified for the FEs associated with the functional areas covered by Task 2, namely:
- Service management and policy-based management
- SLA management, in conjunction with QoS management and dynamic resource control
- Service/Network/Performance Monitoring
- Definition of the Functional Architecture of the DVB-RCS NG Network integrated in NGN, identifying the adaptations to be made in DVB-RCS to be integrated in the all-IP network.
In Task 3, a simulator tool has been developed to validate the NGSN functional system architecture. The simulator represents in a visual mode the main interactions, mechanisms and protocols required for SLA management between the functional entities distributed throughout this architecture.
The simulation campaign covered three Service Scenarios Use cases that correspond to those specified in Task 1 (Consumer Triple Play, Emergency, Mobility). One particular use case within each service scenario is selected to be represented in the simulator (e.g. Mixing of services use case from the Consumer Triple Play service scenario). This way, operators or holders can understand which services and which functionalities they can expect from these new models/functions.
The main achievements in Task 3 were:
- Definition of the requirements for the simulator and simulation campaign,
- Selection of the simulation tool,
- Definition of the Simulation Framework Architecture,
- Detail design of the simulation framework Architecture,
- Definition of the Simulation Plan,
- Implementation of the Simulator: the different software components were done and integrated,
- Analysis from the simulation and validation tests.
Task 3 has developed a Simulator tool to According to the results, in Task 4/Task5 the following contributions have been provided:
- Contribution to TM-RCS New Generation Call for Technologies including topics in SLA management,
- Contribution to SES BSM STF383 for NGN over Satellite,
- Provision of guidelines and methodologies for the design and implementation of the functional architecture and recommendation of suitable software tools, platforms, applications and standards for the implementation of the architecture.
The project Final Presentation was part of the “Satcom integration with Next Generation Networks using IMS” Workshop on the 5th November 2009.
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