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Standard ECMA-332
Corporate Telecommunication Networks - Signalling Interworking between QSIG and H.323 - Basic Services

(December 2001)

This Standard specifies signalling interworking between "QSIG" and "H.323" in support of basic services within a corporate telecommunication network (CN).

"QSIG" is a signalling protocol that operates at the Q reference point between Private Integrated services Network eXchange (PINX) within a Private Integrated Services Network (PISN). The Q reference point is defined in ECMA-133. A PISN provides circuit-switched basic services and supplementary services to its users. QSIG is specified in other Ecma Standards, in particular ECMA-143 (call control in support of basic services).

"H.323" is a set of signalling protocols for the support of voice or multimedia communication within a packet network, in particular a packet network that uses the Internet Protocol (IP) as its network layer protocol (IP network). H.323 signalling protocols operate between endpoints in an IP network, either indirectly via one or more gatekeepers, or directly. An endpoint can be a terminal or a gateway to another network. H.323 is an "umbrella" recommendation referring to various ITU-T recommendations, in particular recommendations H.225.0 and H.245 (basic communication capabilities).

This Standard specifies signalling interworking for basic services that provide a bidirectional transfer capability for speech, DTMF, facsimile and modem media between a PISN employing QSIG and a private IP network employing H.323. This Standard specifies requirements for establishing user information (audio) connections between the PISN and the IP network, but protocols for transmitting audio in the IP network and for signalling in order to establish and close down audio transmission in the IP network are outside the scope of this Standard. Supplementary services are outside the scope of this Standard.

Interworking between QSIG and H.323 permits a call originating at a user of a PISN to terminate at a user of a private IP network, or a call originating at a user of a private IP network to terminate at a user of a PISN.

Interworking between a PISN employing QSIG and a public IP network employing H.323 is outside the scope of this Standard. However, the functionality specified in this Standard is in principle applicable to such a scenario when deployed in conjunction with other relevant functionality (e.g., number translation, security functions, etc.).

Although two such gateways can operate as peers on either side of an IP network (whereby the IP network provides interconnection between two PISNs), special support for this situation (e.g., tunnelling of QSIG information through the IP network) is outside the scope of this Standard.

Although two such gateways can operate as peers on either side of a PISN (whereby the PISN provides interconnection between two IP networks), special support for this situation (e.g., tunnelling of H.323 information through the PISN) is outside the scope of this Standard.

This Standard is applicable to any interworking unit that can act as a gateway between a PISN employing QSIG and a private IP network employing H.323.

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This Ecma publication is also approved as ISO/IEC 23289.

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