Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Patrick Okot
Contents  <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>What is ISDN? </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages of ISDN </li></ul><ul><li>ISDN...
Introduction  <ul><li>The early phone network consisted of a pure analog system that connected telephone users directly by...
Introduction cont’d… <ul><li>A standards movement was started by the International Telephone and Telegraph Consultative Co...
What is ISDN? <ul><li>ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is an all digital communications line that allows for the...
ISDN cont’d… <ul><li>ISDN is not restricted to public telephone networks alone; it may be transmitted via packet switched ...
ISDN cont’d... <ul><li>ISDN is a circuit-switched telephone network system, which also provides access to packet switched ...
ISDN cont’d… <ul><li>With ISDN, voice and data are carried by bearer channels ( B channels ) occupying a bandwidth of 64 k...
Advantages of ISDN <ul><li>Speed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BRI ISDN, using a channel aggregation protocol such as BONDING or M...
Advantages cont’d.. <ul><li>Signalling/fast call setup </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead of the phone company sending a ring v...
ISDN Interface Configuration Common reference configuration
Configuration cont’d… <ul><li>There are several kinds of access interfaces to ISDN defined as Basic Rate Interface (BRI), ...
Configuration cont’d… <ul><li>TE1 : Terminal Equipment type 1. This is the ISDN telephone, computer, ISDN FAX machine or w...
Configuration cont’d… <ul><li>NT1 : Network Termination type 1. This is the end of the line for the local phone company, a...
Configuration cont’d… <ul><li>Letters, R, S, T, U, and V in the diagram are  reference points  that everyone uses to talk ...
ISDN Protocols <ul><li>The ISDN is illustrated here in relation to the OSI model: </li></ul>
Layer 1 - Physical Layer <ul><li>The ISDN Physical Layer is specified by the ITU I-series and G-series documents.  </li></...
Layer 2 - Data Link Layer <ul><li>The ISDN Data Link Layer is specified by the ITU Q-series documents Q.920 through Q.923....
Layer 3 - Network Layer <ul><li>Layer 3 is used for the establishment, maintenance, and termination of logical network con...
The Future of ISDN <ul><li>National ISDN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being done in the B-ISDN world, and in the world of applica...
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  1. 1. Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Patrick Okot
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>What is ISDN? </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages of ISDN </li></ul><ul><li>ISDN Interface Configuration </li></ul><ul><li>ISDN Protocols </li></ul><ul><li>The Future of ISDN </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>The early phone network consisted of a pure analog system that connected telephone users directly by a mechanical interconnection of wires. </li></ul><ul><li>This system was very inefficient, was very prone to breakdown and noise, and did not lend itself easily to long-distance connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning in the 1960s, the telephone system gradually began converting its internal connections to a packet-based, digital switching system. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction cont’d… <ul><li>A standards movement was started by the International Telephone and Telegraph Consultative Committee (CCITT), now known as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). </li></ul><ul><li>The ITU is a United Nations organization that coordinates and standardizes international telecommunications. Original recommendations of ISDN were in CCITT Recommendation I.120 (1984) which described some initial guidelines for implementing ISDN. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is ISDN? <ul><li>ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is an all digital communications line that allows for the transmission of voice, data, video and graphics, at very high speeds, over standard communication lines. </li></ul><ul><li>ISDN provides a single, common interface with which to access digital communications services that are required by varying devices, while remaining transparent to the user. </li></ul>
  6. 6. ISDN cont’d… <ul><li>ISDN is not restricted to public telephone networks alone; it may be transmitted via packet switched networks, telex, CATV networks, etc. </li></ul>Applications
  7. 7. ISDN cont’d... <ul><li>ISDN is a circuit-switched telephone network system, which also provides access to packet switched networks, designed to allow digital transmission of voice and data over ordinary telephone copper wires (Plain-Old Telephone Service - POTS ), resulting in potentially better voice quality than an analog phone can provide. </li></ul><ul><li>It offers circuit-switched connections (for either voice or data), and packet-switched connections (for data), in increments of 64 kilobit/s. </li></ul>
  8. 8. ISDN cont’d… <ul><li>With ISDN, voice and data are carried by bearer channels ( B channels ) occupying a bandwidth of 64 kb/s. Some switches limit B channels to a capacity of 56 kb/s. </li></ul><ul><li>A data channel ( D channel ) handles signalling at 16 kb/s or 64 kb/s, depending on the service type. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Advantages of ISDN <ul><li>Speed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BRI ISDN, using a channel aggregation protocol such as BONDING or Multilink-PPP, supports an uncompressed data transfer speed of 128 kb/s, plus bandwidth for overhead and signalling. PRI transfers at an even higher speed of up to 1920 kb/s . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple Devices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISDN allows multiple devices to share a single line. It is possible to combine many different digital data sources and have the information routed to the proper destination. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Advantages cont’d.. <ul><li>Signalling/fast call setup </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead of the phone company sending a ring voltage signal to ring the bell in your phone (&quot;In-Band signal&quot;), it sends a digital packet on a separate channel (&quot;Out-of-Band signal&quot;). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Out-of-Band signal does not disturb established connections, no bandwidth is taken from the data channels, and call setup time is very fast. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. ISDN Interface Configuration Common reference configuration
  12. 12. Configuration cont’d… <ul><li>There are several kinds of access interfaces to ISDN defined as Basic Rate Interface (BRI), Primary Rate Interface (PRI) and Broadband ISDN (B-ISDN). </li></ul><ul><li>BRI consists of two 64 kb/s B channels and one 16 kb/s D channel for a total of 144 kb/s. </li></ul><ul><li>PRI is intended for users with greater capacity requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Typically the channel structure is 23 B channels plus one 64 kb/s D channel for a total of 1536 kb/s. </li></ul><ul><li>B-ISDN is a complete redesign. The copper wire in Narrowband ISDN is replaced with fiber. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Configuration cont’d… <ul><li>TE1 : Terminal Equipment type 1. This is the ISDN telephone, computer, ISDN FAX machine or whatever it is that you've hooked up to the ISDN phone line. </li></ul><ul><li>TE2 : Terminal Equipment type 2. This is the old analog telephone, old-style fax machine, modem, or whatever you used to hook up to the analog phone line. It can also be other communications equipment that is handled by a TA (see below). </li></ul><ul><li>TA : Terminal Adaptor. This lets old, TE2 stuff talk to the ISDN network. It also adapts other kinds of equipment, like Ethernet interfaces, to ISDN. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Configuration cont’d… <ul><li>NT1 : Network Termination type 1. This is the end of the line for the local phone company, and the beginning of your house's phone network. </li></ul><ul><li>NT2 : Network Termination type 2. In most homes, this won't exist. If you were a big company with your own private telephone system, then this would be the guts of that telephone system. </li></ul><ul><li>LT : Line Termination. This is the physical connection to the phone company. </li></ul><ul><li>ET : Exchange Termination. This is the local phone company's logical connection from your telephones to &quot;the phone network&quot;. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Configuration cont’d… <ul><li>Letters, R, S, T, U, and V in the diagram are reference points that everyone uses to talk about each of these parts of the network. </li></ul><ul><li>The R reference point is the interface between an old-style telephone and Terminal Adaptor equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>Since most homes won't have any NT2 equipment, the S and T reference points are usually one and the same, and are sometimes called the S/T bus. </li></ul><ul><li>Different things happen in different parts of the network- different wiring requirements, different data speeds, different encoding, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The reference point V, and the LT and ET equipment are in the phone company's domain. </li></ul>
  16. 16. ISDN Protocols <ul><li>The ISDN is illustrated here in relation to the OSI model: </li></ul>
  17. 17. Layer 1 - Physical Layer <ul><li>The ISDN Physical Layer is specified by the ITU I-series and G-series documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Echo cancellation is used to reduce noise, and data encoding schemes (2B1Q in North America, 4B3T in Europe) permit this relatively high data rate over ordinary single-pair local loops. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2B1Q </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2B1Q (2 Binary 1 Quaternary) is the most common signaling method on U interfaces. This protocol is defined in detail in 1988 ANSI spec T1.601. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In summary, 2B1Q provides: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two bits per baud </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>80 kilobaud (baud = 1 modulation per second) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer rate of 160 kb/s </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Layer 2 - Data Link Layer <ul><li>The ISDN Data Link Layer is specified by the ITU Q-series documents Q.920 through Q.923. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The LAP-D Protocol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The LAPD (Link Access Protocol - Channel D) is a layer 2 protocol which is defined in CCITT Q.920/921. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LAPD works in the Asynchronous Balanced Mode (ABM). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This mode is totally balanced (i.e., no master/slave relationship). Each station may initialize, supervise, recover from errors, and send frames at any time. The protocol treats the DTE and DCE as equals. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Layer 3 - Network Layer <ul><li>Layer 3 is used for the establishment, maintenance, and termination of logical network connections between two devices. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SPIDs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Service Profile IDs (SPIDs) are used to identify what services and features the Telco switch provides to the attached ISDN device. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SPIDs are optional; when they are used, they are only accessed at device initialization time, before the call is set up. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. The Future of ISDN <ul><li>National ISDN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being done in the B-ISDN world, and in the world of applications. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The set of interoperability standards. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The standardizing of applications is really separate from the ISDN standards themselves, but these applications will be important to the future success of ISDN. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Broadband ISDN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is still a great deal of work being done here. The biggest area of work is in the finalization of ATM. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The real world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As ISDN is deployed, few people are currently replacing their home phone system with an ISDN phone network. The trend for now seems to be providing an entire ISDN network in a single box, with the NT1, TA, and TE1 equipment all built in. An example would be the Pipeline 25, from Ascend, which provides ISDN to Ethernet connections, using IP. It has an NT1 built in, and provides two phone jacks for standard POTS telephones. </li></ul></ul>
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