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GSM BSS

GBSS16.0

End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing


Feature Parameter Description

Issue 01
Date 2014-04-30

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Contents

1 About This Document.................................................................................................................. 1


1.1 Scope.............................................................................................................................................................................. 1
1.2 Intended Audience.......................................................................................................................................................... 1
1.3 Change History............................................................................................................................................................... 1

2 Overview......................................................................................................................................... 3
2.1 Introduction.................................................................................................................................................................... 3
2.2 NEs Supporting the Feature............................................................................................................................................3

3 Technical Description...................................................................................................................4
3.1 Overview........................................................................................................................................................................ 4
3.2 Procedure for End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing on an MOC in a BSC....................................................................... 5
3.3 Procedure for End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing on an Incoming-BSC Handover Call...............................................5

4 Related Features.............................................................................................................................6
5 Engineering Guidelines............................................................................................................... 7
5.1 Deploying End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing............................................................................................................... 7
5.1.1 Deployment Requirements.......................................................................................................................................... 7
5.1.2 Activation.................................................................................................................................................................... 7
5.1.3 Activation Observation................................................................................................................................................9
5.1.4 Deactivation.................................................................................................................................................................9

6 Parameters..................................................................................................................................... 11
7 Counters........................................................................................................................................ 13
8 Glossary......................................................................................................................................... 14
9 Reference Documents................................................................................................................. 15

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1 About This Document

1.1 Scope
This document describes GBFD-116401 End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing, including its
technical principles, related features, and engineering guidelines.

1.2 Intended Audience


This document is intended for personnel who:

l Need to understand the features described herein


l Work with Huawei products

1.3 Change History


This section provides information about the changes in different document versions. There are
two types of changes, which are defined as follows:

l Feature change
Changes in features of a specific product version
l Editorial change
Changes in wording or addition of information that was not described in the earlier
version

01 (2014-04-30)
This issue does not include any changes.

Draft A (2014-01-23)
Compared with Issue 02 (2013-11-15) of GBSS15.0, Draft A (2014-01-23) of GBSS16.0
includes the following changes.

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Change Type Change Description Parameter Change

Feature change Changed the name of None


Huawei mobile element
management system from
M2000 to U2000.

Editorial change None None

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2 Overview

2.1 Introduction
The End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing feature helps a network administrator trace the
activities of each network element (NE) when an event occurs.
It becomes increasingly difficult to locate service faults in MSs because the communications
network becomes more and more complex. Users can detect the section where the fault occurs
only when the information about the whole process of the MS is collected. By using the end-
to-end MS signaling tracing function, the system can completely record the service activities
of an MS and then locate the section where the fault occurs. The recorded information covers
all the NEs involved in the service. If the traced objects are properly defined, valid location
information can be obtained without using a large amount of processing and transmission
resources of the system in the whole tracing process.

2.2 NEs Supporting the Feature


Table 2-1 NEs supporting the feature
Feature BSC6900 BSC6910 GBTS eGBTS

End-to-End MS √ √ √ √
Signaling
Tracing

NOTE

√ indicates that the NE supports this feature. × indicates that the NE does not support this feature.

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3 Technical Description

3.1 Overview
A task of end-to-end MS signaling tracing on NEs is created on the U2000. When the MS is
processing services, the NEs record the MS signaling and other information about the MS;
when the MS stops processing services, the NEs send the MS signaling and information to the
U2000 in the form of tracing file. The U2000 interprets and summarizes the tracing files and
sends the files to the MS. Figure 3-1 shows the end-to-end MS signaling tracing procedure.

Figure 3-1 End-to-end MS signaling tracing procedure

End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing is activated at the MSC. The procedure for end-to-end MS
signaling tracing on a mobile originated call (MOC) is triggered through the

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MSC_INVOKE_TRACE message, and the procedure for end-to-end MS signaling tracing on


an incoming-BSC handover call is triggered through the BSC_INVOKE_TRACE message.
The BSC supports end-to-end MS signaling tracing only when
End2EndTraceState(BSC6900,BSC6910) is set to YES(Yes).

3.2 Procedure for End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing on an


MOC in a BSC
End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing is activated by the MSC. If the CM_Service_Req message
received from the MS indicates that end-to-end signaling tracing is required, the MSC sends
an MSC_INVOKE_TRACE message to the BSC. On receiving the message, the BSC starts
end-to-end signaling tracing.
The MSC_INVOKE_TRACE message contains such information as tracing ID and type of
the information to be recorded. The BSC then records the associated signaling in the end-to-
end tracing file according to the information. The end-to-end tracing file is saved in . tmf
format on the BSC LMT. Users can view the file through the interface tracing function on the
BSC LMT.
After the call ends, the BSC sends the end-to-end tracing file to the U2000 based on the File
Transfer Protocol (FTP). The U2000 interprets and then displays a report on the U2000 client.

NOTE

End-to-end MS signaling tracing is conducted throughout the network. Therefore, the A-interface
tracing result can be obtained from the MSC or BSC. When AInterMsgTrace(BSC6900,BSC6910) is set
to YES(Yes), the BSC can trace A-interface messages during end-to-end MS signaling tracing.

3.3 Procedure for End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing on an


Incoming-BSC Handover Call
When end-to-end MS signaling tracing is performed on a call in the source BSC and the call
is to be handed over to the target BSC, if SendBssInvokeTrace(BSC6900,BSC6910) is set to
YES(Yes), the source BSC sends a BSC_INVOKE_TRACE message to the MSC, which then
forwards the message to the target BSC. On receiving the BSC_INVOKE_TRACE message,
the target BSC starts end-to-end MS signaling tracing. The source BSC sends the end-to-end
tracing file to the U2000.
When the call in the target BSC ends, the target BSC sends the end-to-end tracing file to the
U2000. Then, the U2000 combines the two tracing files, interprets them, and displays a report
on the U2000 client.

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4 Related Features

Prerequisite Features
Feature ID Feature Name Description

WOFD-190600 GBSS Enhanced Subscriber Tracing U2000 features.

WOFD-191400 G&U CS Subscriber Tracing

Mutually Exclusive Features


None

Impacted Features
None

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5 Engineering Guidelines

5.1 Deploying End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing

5.1.1 Deployment Requirements

Table 5-1 Deployment requirements

Aspect Requirement

Related features See 4 Related Features.

BSC None

BTS None

GSM networking None

MS None

MSC None

License None

Others The U2000 supports this feature.


The core network (CN) supports this
feature.

5.1.2 Activation

Using MML Commands


On the BSC LMT, run the SET OTHSOFTPARA command with Support End-to-end User
Tracing Function set to YES(Yes) and A Interface Msg [End2end User Tracing] and Spt
BSS Invoke Trace Rpt[end2end user trace] set to appropriate values.

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MML Command Examples


SET OTHSOFTPARA: End2EndTraceState=YES, AInterMsgTrace=YES,
SENDBSSINVOKETRACE=YES;

Using the CME


NOTE

When configuring the End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing feature on the CME, you must perform a single
configuration first, and then perform batch modifications if required.
You must perform a single configuration for a parameter before batch modifications of the parameter.
You are advised to perform batch modifications before logging out of the parameter setting interface.

Step 1 Configure a single object on the CME. (CME single configuration)

Set parameters on the CME configuration interface according to the operation sequence
described in Table 5-2. For the method of performing the CME single configuration, see the
CME Single Configuration Operation Guide.

Step 2 (Optional) Modify objects in batches on the CME. (CME batch modification center)

To modify objects, such as BSCs, BTSs, cells, and TRXs, in batches, click the icon on the
CME configuration interface to start the batch modification wizard. For the method of
performing batch modifications through the CME batch modification center, press F1 on the
wizard interface to obtain online help.

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Table 5-2 Configuring parameters on the CME

SN Managed NE Parameter Parameter Configura


Object Name ID ble in CME
(MO) Batch
Modificati
on Center

1 OTHSOFTP BSC6900/ Support End2EndTr Yes


ARA BSC6910 End-to-end aceState
User Tracing
Function

A Interface AInterMsg
Msg Trace
[End2end
User
Tracing]

Spt BSS SENDBSSI


Invoke Trace NVOKETR
Rpt[end2end ACE
user trace]

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5.1.3 Activation Observation


Step 1 On the BSC LMT, run the LST OTHSOFTPARA command to check the value of Support
End-to-end User Tracing Function.

Expected result: The value of Support End-to-end User Tracing Function is Yes.

Step 2 On the U2000, choose Monitor > Signaling Trace > Signaling Trace Management from the
main menu. In the navigation tree, double-click 2G End-to-End User Trace.

Expected result: A 2G End-to-End User Trace dialog box is displayed.

Step 3 In the 2G End-to-End User Trace dialog box, select a user ID type from the User ID drop-
down list and enter the user ID. Then, click OK.

Expected result: The U2000 generates a report on the end-to-end MS signaling tracing.

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5.1.4 Deactivation

Using MML Commands


On the BSC LMT, run the SET OTHSOFTPARA command with Support End-to-end User
Tracing Function set to NO(No).

MML Command Examples


SET OTHSOFTPARA: End2EndTraceState=NO;

Using the CME


NOTE

When configuring the End-to-End MS Signaling Tracing feature on the CME, you must perform a single
configuration first, and then perform batch modifications if required.
You must perform a single configuration for a parameter before batch modifications of the parameter.
You are advised to perform batch modifications before logging out of the parameter setting interface.

Step 1 Configure a single object on the CME. (CME single configuration)

Set parameters on the CME configuration interface according to the operation sequence
described in Table 5-3. For the method of performing the CME single configuration, see the
CME Single Configuration Operation Guide.

Step 2 (Optional) Modify objects in batches on the CME. (CME batch modification center)

To modify objects, such as BSCs, BTSs, cells, and TRXs, in batches, click the icon on the
CME configuration interface to start the batch modification wizard. For the method of
performing batch modifications through the CME batch modification center, press F1 on the
wizard interface to obtain online help.

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Table 5-3 Configuring the parameter on the CME


SN MO NE Parameter Parameter Configura
Name ID ble in CME
Batch
Modificati
on Center

1 OTHSOFTP BSC6900/ Support End2EndTr Yes


ARA BSC6910 End-to-end aceState
User Tracing
Function

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6 Parameters

Table 6-1 Parameters


Parame NE MML Feature Feature Description
ter ID Comma ID Name
nd

End2En BSC690 SET GBFD-1 End-to- Meaning: Whether to enable end-to-end user tracing
dTraceS 0 OTHSO 16401 End MS for the BSC. If this parameter is set to YES, the BSC
tate FTPAR Signalin starts end-to-end user tracing after the BSC receives
A g the MSC Invoke Trace or BSS Invoke Trace message
Tracing from the MSC.
GUI Value Range: NO(No), YES(Yes)
Unit: None
Actual Value Range: NO, YES
Default Value: NO(No)

End2En BSC691 SET GBFD-1 End-to- Meaning: Whether to enable end-to-end user tracing
dTraceS 0 OTHSO 16401 End MS for the BSC. If this parameter is set to YES, the BSC
tate FTPAR Signalin starts end-to-end user tracing after the BSC receives
A g the MSC Invoke Trace or BSS Invoke Trace message
Tracing from the MSC.
GUI Value Range: NO(No), YES(Yes)
Unit: None
Actual Value Range: NO, YES
Default Value: NO(No)

AInter BSC690 SET GBFD-1 End-to- Meaning: Whether to trace A-interface messages
MsgTra 0 OTHSO 16401 End MS during end-to-end user tracing. The end-to-end tracing
ce FTPAR Signalin is conducted throughout the network. The A-interface
A g tracing results can be obtained from the MSC or BSC.
Tracing GUI Value Range: NO(No), YES(Yes)
Unit: None
Actual Value Range: NO, YES
Default Value: NO(No)

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Parame NE MML Feature Feature Description


ter ID Comma ID Name
nd

AInter BSC691 SET GBFD-1 End-to- Meaning: Whether to trace A-interface messages
MsgTra 0 OTHSO 16401 End MS during end-to-end user tracing. The end-to-end tracing
ce FTPAR Signalin is conducted throughout the network. The A-interface
A g tracing results can be obtained from the MSC or BSC.
Tracing GUI Value Range: NO(No), YES(Yes)
Unit: None
Actual Value Range: NO, YES
Default Value: NO(No)

SendBss BSC690 SET GBFD-1 End-to- Meaning: Whether to report BSS INVOKE TRACE
Invoke 0 OTHSO 16401 End MS message. When the parameter is set to YES, the BSC
Trace FTPAR Signalin sends a BSS INVOKE TRACE message to the MSC if
A g receiving an MSC INVOKE TRACE or BSS
Tracing INVOKE TRACE message from MSC in the case of
an outgoing BSC handover. If the BSC does not
receive the message, the BSC does not send a BSS
INVOKE TRACE message to the MSC.
GUI Value Range: NO(No), YES(Yes)
Unit: None
Actual Value Range: NO, YES
Default Value: NO(No)

SendBss BSC691 SET GBFD-1 End-to- Meaning: Whether to report BSS INVOKE TRACE
Invoke 0 OTHSO 16401 End MS message. When the parameter is set to YES, the BSC
Trace FTPAR Signalin sends a BSS INVOKE TRACE message to the MSC if
A g receiving an MSC INVOKE TRACE or BSS
Tracing INVOKE TRACE message from MSC in the case of
an outgoing BSC handover. If the BSC does not
receive the message, the BSC does not send a BSS
INVOKE TRACE message to the MSC.
GUI Value Range: NO(No), YES(Yes)
Unit: None
Actual Value Range: NO, YES
Default Value: NO(No)

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7 Counters

There are no specific counters associated with this feature.

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8 Glossary

For the acronyms, abbreviations, terms, and definitions, see Glossary.

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9 Reference Documents

1. 3GPP TS 12.08

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