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ABSTRACTS FOR DOCUMENTS LISTED IN NIIF REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MASTER TABLE OF CONTENTS - NIIF DOCUMENTS

February 2009

Below is a listing of the NIIF and NIIF subcommittee documents currently available electronically.

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ATIS-0300009 - Installation and Maintenance Responsibilities for Special Access Services, WATS Access Lines, and Switched Access Services Feature Group "A"
This document provides the operations personnel of telecommunications service providers and customers with general procedures for the installation, testing and maintenance of Special Access Services, WATS Access Lines and Switched Access Services Feature Group "A". Also included are Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) Guidelines, which provides for the priority treatment of National Security Emergency Preparedness (NSEP) telecommunications services. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300010 - Installation and Maintenance Responsibilities for Switched Access Services Feature Groups "B", "C", and "D"
This document outlines telecommunications service provider and customer installation and maintenance responsibilities for Switched Access Services (SAS) as established by the NIIF, and includes TSP Guidelines. It includes procedures on installation and maintenance of trunk side connected Access Services Feature Groups B, C and D. It specifically includes areas such as NXX Code Openings, FG D CIC Testing, Network Modification Notification, Trouble Detection Responsibilities, Trouble Reporting Procedures, 500/800/900 NXX Services, Toll Free Database and LIDB Services Trouble Handling, and access services provided by multiple exchange carriers. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300011 - NIIF Reference Document Part III - Installation and Maintenance Responsibilities for SS7 Links and Trunks
This document outlines telecommunications service provider and customer responsibilities for the Signaling System 7 (SS7) interface between carriers. It deals with the physical interconnecting trunks and link(s) as well as the software necessary to support the use of link(s) to transport SS7 messages between carriers. It is limited to procedures relating to the installation and maintenance of the SS7 trunks and link(s) and associated software used to interconnect and provide services between Interexchange and Access Service Providers. All telecommunications networks and providers that utilize SS7should recognize these operational guidelines. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300012 - Attachment A - MTP Compatibility Tests
This document details specific MTP Levels 2 and 3 NIIF recommended Compatibility tests to verify the compatibility of two networks during interconnection. These are a recommended set of minimum tests for levels two and three of the SS7 protocol. Compatibility testing verifies correct interworking of two SS7 implementations. The tests are for the interconnecting of two given implementations and performed not only on new signaling points, but also between already connected signaling points. The tests in this document include complete test scripts divided into Intrusive Tests and Non-Intrusive Tests. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300013 - Attachment B - ISUP Compatibility Tests
This document details comprehensive NIIF recommended ISUP Compatibility Tests to verify the compatibility of two networks during interconnection. This document provides a recommended minimum set of script-driven and manually interactive tests for compatibility of the network elements during interconnection. Perform these compatibility tests after interconnected network element tests for conformance to applicable standards are completed. The test message sequence and expected test results described are applicable to interconnecting trunk groups FG-D type interconnections and can accommodate wireline to wireless, LEC to LEC interconnections. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300014 - Attachment C - SCCP Protocol Class 0 Compatibility Tests
This document details NIIF Recommended SCCP Protocol Class 0 Compatibility Tests to verify the compatibility of two networks during interconnection. These tests are for use as a set of minimum tests of the SCCP protocol portion of the network service part for connectionless services only (Class 0). Compatibility testing verifies the correct interworking of SCCP Protocol Class 0 Compatibility Testing implementations. Run the full test suite for any interconnection configuration between interconnecting companies that was not previously tested. The configuration defined by manufacturer model and software load of the interconnecting signaling network elements and the supported application. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300015 - Attachment D - Test Severity Analysis Criteria
This document provides test severity level criteria for certain MTP, ISUP and SCCP Compatibility Tests previously discussed in Part III - Attachments A, B, and C, and the reasons for the recommended severity levels. The severity levels refer to the potential for network harm under certain conditions. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300016 - Attachment E - SS7 Network Gateway Screening
This document details SS7 essential messages, tests and concerns related to the provision of Gateway Screening capabilities between two interconnecting networks. SS7 messages are only allowed to pass between network elements that have been identified by both networks as a supporting element of a jointly provided service or application. Network Gateway Screening tables are configured based on the requirements and security concerns of the screening network. At the time of network interconnection, both networks share screening information to ensure no network incompatibility has been introduced by the interaction of the screening functions. After interconnection is established, screening changes that affect the terms and conditions of the interconnection agreement require prior notification to the affected interconnected network provider. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300017 - Attachment F - SS7 ISUP Tests for ISDN Network Interconnection
This document provides a set of recommended Interconnection Tests between telecommunications service providers and customers to assure that the SS7 interconnection can be used to support ISDN Basic Rate services. These tests are performed on a bilateral agreement between the interconnected network providers. The tests are divided into two categories, which are Test Set Generated (TSG) and Call Through. TSG tests require the capability to direct ISUP messages toward the network interface under test and to send and detect tones on interconnected trunks. Call through tests can be executed by manual calling in conjunction with monitoring of SS7 links. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300018 - Attachment G - SS7 Link Diversity Validation Guidelines
This document provides guidance for the validation of SS7 link diversity to providers of SS7 links to ensure the integrity of the SS7 network. Since SS7 link diversity is necessary to ensure the integrity of the interconnected SS7 networks, the document details the responsibilities of the Service Provider, methodologies for record maintenance and physical validation, and guidelines auditing processes for a variety of physical applications where the integrity of link diversity could be compromised. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300019 - Attachment H - SS7 Cause Codes and Tones and Announcements
This document provides a single source for the definition of all SS7 Cause Codes, the application of the Cause Codes with the associated treatment, and the appropriate verbiage to be played to the customer where an announcement is required. The document contains a complete matrix of SS7 Cause Codes and their definitions, and the appropriate mapping of Cause Codes as they traverse the network. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300020 - Attachment I - SS7 Security Base Guidelines
This document specifies the desirable security features that any SS7 Network element (NE), Network System (NS), Operations System (OS) or Data Communications Network (DCN) should provide in order to reduce the risk of potentially service affecting security compromises. Issues covered include Identification, Authentication, System Access Control, Resource Access Control, Security Audit, and Security Administration. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300021 - Attachment J - SS7 Software Validation
This document provides general guidelines for the development and validation of software for use in the telecommunications industry as it applies to interconnected switching/signaling nodes. The document includes telecommunications service provider requirements, manufacturer software validation criteria, manufacturer product implementation, manufacturer product testing, manufacturer product deployment, and telecommunications service provider testing/deployment. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300022 - Attachment K - SS7 Link Diversity Validation Guidelines
This document is intended to provide guidance to operators and maintenance organizations of Signaling Transfer Points (STPs) in the telecommunications industry. Suggested work functions and preventative measures are included in the document, as well as attachments providing examples of outage/restoration notification forms, stickers, and tags. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300023 - Installation and Maintenance Responsibilities for X.75 Gateway Services
This document provides guidelines for operations personnel of telecommunications service providers and customers to prepare procedures for the installation and maintenance of X.75 Gateway Services. The contents of the document are generic, and can be useful as a guideline to develop bilateral agreements between telecommunications service providers and customers for specific operational procedures. The document includes installation and maintenance guidelines as well as guidance on acceptance and inter-carrier testing.

ATIS-0300024 - Test line Guidelines
The purpose of this document is to provide telecommunications carriers with guidelines for test lines and assignment of test line numbers. The test lines and test line numbers as listed are in accordance with ANSI Standard T1-207 Line side calling tests are identified for verifying a service provider, testing through an access tandem, testing to a toll-free NPA, and testing to a new NPA/NXX.

ATIS-0300025 - Attachment A -Test line Directory Dictionary
The purpose of this document is to provide a technical definition and characteristics for each type of test lines. Example: 102 Type Test Line - Milliwatt Provides a tone for one-way loss measurement Usage: This field is required. Data characteristics: 8 characters; 3 to 7numeric, 1 delimiter Example 102; 95y-XXXX; NXX-XXXX.

ATIS-0300026 - Network Management Guidelines
The purpose of this document is to provide the network management personnel of telecommunications service providers and customers with alternative guidelines for traffic management. Some conditions may include network congestion due to network element failure, abnormal calling periods, or natural disasters, customer switch, network failures, extended outages, SS7 network failures, and termination of service. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300027 - Attachment A - Emergency SS7 Restoration Operations Planning Considerations
The purpose of this document is to provide planning considerations and restoration processes during failures of the Signaling System 7 (SS7) network. There are many potential network events are described that could trigger a potential SS7 outage and the possible remedies for restoral. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300028 - Information Sharing
The purpose of this document is to provide the appropriate guidance to facilitate the sharing of information. It identifies the type of information which may be shared, the circumstances under which it should be shared, the extent to which sharing is appropriate, and the mechanisms and timing for that sharing. Information sharing involved the service provider, the service customer and vendor/manufacturers.

ATIS-0300029 - Cable Locate Guidelines
The purpose of this document is to provide a set of guidelines addressing industry concerns regarding outages to telecommunications service providers and customers network caused by accidental damage to their outside plant facilities.

ATIS-0300030 - Installation, Testing and Maintenance Responsibilities for Facilities
This purpose of this document outlines telecommunications service providers and customers’ responsibilities for Installation, Testing and Maintenance of Facilities. Included are acceptance and maintenance test parameters for DS-1 and DS-3. Other optional tests and Job Aid diagrams are included to indicate logic steps for testing B8ZS and AMI signals. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300031 - Attachment A - SONET Facilities
The purpose of this document is to outline the performance of dedicated digital networks in terms of a reference model. End-to-end performance from NI-to-NI with performance allocated for NI-to-INI (access) and INI-to-INI (transit). Included are test parameters and test duration for standard SONET Line Rates.

ATIS-0300032 - Interconnection Between LECs - Operations Handbook Local Interconnection Service Arrangement
The purpose of this document is to outline the procedures for installation, testing, maintenance and arrangement of local interconnecting service trunks. Included within the document are: Responsibilities for Local Service Customers (LSC) and Local Service Providers; Telecommunication Service Priority (TSP) guidelines; NXX Code Opening Guidelines; Trunk trouble reporting, trunk make busy, clearance, restoration guidelines. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300033 - Attachment A - Security Guidelines
The purpose of this document is to provide guideline to be used by the Local Service Providers (LSP) as they interconnect on an ongoing basis. This guideline specifies the desirable security features that all LSP should have for any Network Element (NE), Network System (NS), Operations System (OS) or Data Communications Network (DCN) in order to reduce the risk of potentially service affecting security compromises. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300034 - Local Number Portability Interconnection Testing
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to network providers when they are engaged in interconnection testing for local number portability to ensure that all areas of network integrity and customer service from an interconnection perspective are addressed proactively. The document identifies the minimum performed tests with pictorial diagrams. Where applicable, this document may address NGN aspects.

ATIS-0300035 - Toll Free Industry Test Plan
The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the implementation of additional toll-free numbers. This may require many network modifications, including the upgrade of hardware and software in the telecommunications service providers and customers networks, and the SMS/800 System. The SMS/800 Management Team (SMT) administers the national database for toll-free numbers. This document outlines minimum test scenarios to ensure all telecommunications SPs and SCs are capable of accessing the new Toll Free NPA on the implementation date. Permanent Toll Free Test Numbers are listed in ATIS Document Number ATIS-0300035.

ATIS-0300036 - Terms and Definitions
The purpose of this document is to provide definitions for many of the uncommon terms and abbreviations as used in the NIIF Reference Documents.

 

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