Howto:DE - Netcom - SIP Trunk SIP-Provider (2020)

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Summary

Tests for the SIP_Trunk SIP trunk product of the provider Netcom were completed. Test results have been last updated on May 25th, 2021. Check the history of this article for the date of the first publication of the testreport.

Remarks

  • This profile is for the SIP-Provider Netcom Kassel. There exists another provider with very similar name Netcom BW, however Netcom BW has not been tested.



List of Issues found in media-relay Configuration

CONN NR INCOMING 
Incoming calls from the PSTN don't show a correct connected number to the calling party.
EARLY MEDIA INBOUND 
The provider does not support early-media (i.e. establish RTP-stream before 200 OK/connect) for calls to the PSTN.
FAX T38 
The provider does not fully support T.38 fax
FAX T38ANDAUDIO 
The provider does not support fallback to audio-fax if T.38 fails.
REVERSE MEDIA 
The provider does not support reverse media negotiation (a.k.a. late SDP)
SIP INFO 
The provider does not support conveying DTMF using the SIP-INFO method.

Here is the list of test-cases that have been performed for this provider: 180_RINGING, BASIC_CALL, CLIR, CLNS_ONNET, CLNS, CONN_NR_DIFF, CONN_NR_INCOMING, CONN_NR, DTMF, EARLY_MEDIA_INBOUND, FAX_AUDIO, FAX_T38_ONNET, FAX_T38, FAX_T38ANDAUDIO, G711A_ONNET, G711A, G711U_ONNET, G711U, G722_ONNET, G722, G729_ONNET, G729, HOLD_RETRIEVE, IP_FRAGMENTATION, LARGE_SIP_MESSAGES, MOBILITY, OPUS_NB, OPUS_WB, RALERT_DISC, REDIR_302, REDIR_DIVHDR, REDIR_HISTHDR, REVERSE_MEDIA, SDP_ICE, SDP_RTCP_MUX, SDP_VIDEO, SIP_INFO, SRTP_INCOMING, SRTP_INTERNAL, SRTP_OUTGOING, SUBSCRIBER_NR, XFER_BLIND, XFER_CONS_ALERT, XFER_CONS_EXT, XFER_CONS


Test Results

This SIP provider requires a media-relay configuration. That is, all media traffic between the SIP provider and all endpoints must flow through the SBC. For this reason, a configuration without media-relay has not been tested and hence no test results for this configuration are listed.

Configuration with media-relay

Registration 
The provider supports UDP and TCP as transport protocol. The tests were completed using TCP, since UDP is an unreliable protocol and requires all involved network elements to support IP-fragmentation.
NAT Traversal 
The provider detects clients behind NAT and can handle calls to them without requiring the clients to use NAT-traversal methods like STUN.
DTMF (RFC2833) 
The provider can convey DTMF digits using the RTP payload method as per RFC2833.
Session Timer 
The tests regarding the SIP-session timer were not successful. This will result in unwanted call termination on calls exceeding a certain time (default 30 minutes). Because of this, further tests were aborted.
Redundancy 
Registration of two SIP-interfaces on the same SIP-account is not supported by the provider. As a result, you cannot have a Standby gateway/PBX using the same account for failover or load-balancing purposes.
Correct signalling of Ringing-state 
OK
CLIR 
OK
Clip No Screening (CLNS) 
Straight clip no screening (i.e. sending a foreign number as calling line id) works fine. As this works anyway, it does not matter, if the provider supports the interpretation of History-Info: or Diversion: SIP headers for providing the correct calling line id for diverted calls. This provider supports call redirection using the SIP 302 Redirect header. Rerouting can be enabled by setting the Reroute supported check-mark in the corresponding Trunk object configuration. Also, the Interworking check-mark must be set in the route used for calls from and to the SIP provider.
However, during our test other interop problems were discovered when the Interworking Flag is enabled. Therefore it is not recommended to use the call redirection via SIP 302 Redirect header.
COLP 
Outbound calls to the PSTN show the correct connected number. However incoming calls from the PSTN do not.
A caller from the PSTN will receive an incorrect connected number that differs from the dialled number. This might lead to the caller cancelling the call.
For outbound calls to the PSTN, an update of the connected number is not signalled to the caller.
Early-Media 
The provider does not support early (that is, before connect) media for outbound calls to the PSTN (hence no inbound early media). This may be an issue in cases where such media is played to the caller (e.g. when calling an unavailable mobile phone).
Fax 
Transport of faxes to/from the PSTN via G.711 codec was tested successfully.
Transport of faxes using T.38 worked to onnet destinations. However it failed to PSTN destination and moreover fallback to audiofax failed also.
As a result, T.38 is disabled on the SIP-interface and the use of audio-fax is necessary.
Codecs 
supported to/from PSTN: G711A and G729
supported onnet (VoIP to VoIP): G711A, G711U, G722 and G729
IP-Fragmentation 
OK
Large SIP messages 
OK
Reverse Media Negotiation 
Reverse-media negotiation is not supported. Therefore, a media-relay with exclusive coder configuration will be activated on the SIP-interface.
Mobility Calls 
Transmitting DTMF-tones as SIP-INFO messages is not supported, however mobility calls are still possible as in the media-relay configuration, the SBC will convey DTMF signalling to the PBX.
SRTP 
The provider does not support audio encryption using SRTP.
Dialing of Subscriber Numbers 
OK
Call Transfer 
OK


Configuration

Use profile DE-Netcom-SIP_Trunk in Gateway/Interfaces/SIP to configure this SIP provider.

A most recent v13r2 firmware is required to use this SIP-profile. For hints regarding upgrade to v13r2, see Howto:Firmware Upgrade V13r1 V13r2

New profiles are added in the course of our V13R2 software Service Releases, see Reference13r2:Release Notes Firmware. Here is an up to date list of tested SIP providers.

Disclaimer

These tests look at a number of interoperability scenarios between innovaphone SIP devices and a given SIP trunk product. As we are enhancing our testing procedures, nature and number of these tests will vary.

All test results document the fact how the tested combination performs in the tested scenario. It explicitly does not comment on the question what the reason is for the behaviour nor if and how it could be changed. It thus does not imply that either the SIP trunk provider or the innovaphone device fails in any way. It merely says that the combination does not perform as defined by the test.

If not mentioned otherwise, all tests are repeated on a weekly basis (a.k.a. nightly tests) using the then-current innovaphone firmware. If a tested combination keeps performing differently from the state documented here during nightly tests, we reserve the right to update this article accordingly.

Some tests do not have consistent results. This may occur for various reasons. If so, we document the tests result as being unstable.

Some of the tested SIP trunk products are not available for nightly tests. In this case, the fact will be noted in the Summary section.

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