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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1527615 29.11.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001527615
Titel SYSTEM UND VERFAHREN ZUR STEUERUNG EINES TELEKOM-NETZWERKS
Anmelder Koninklijke KPN N.V., Groningen, NL
Erfinder KEESMAAT, Nicolaas Wijnand, NL-2512 EE The Hague, NL;
LOS, Dirk, NL-2316 XV Leiden, NL
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 60316951
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IT, LI, LU, MC, NL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 18.07.2003
EP-Aktenzeichen 037662285
WO-Anmeldetag 18.07.2003
PCT-Aktenzeichen PCT/EP03/07858
WO-Veröffentlichungsnummer 2004014088
WO-Veröffentlichungsdatum 12.02.2004
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 04.05.2005
EP date of grant 17.10.2007
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 29.11.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse H04Q 3/62(2006.01)A, F, I, 20051017, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse H04Q 3/00(2006.01)A, L, I, 20051017, B, H, EP   H04M 3/42(2006.01)A, L, I, 20051017, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]
Field of the invention

The invention is about a system for controlling a telecommunication network.

The invention is also about a method for controlling a telecommunication network.

Background

It is known that a telecommunication network is operated by interconnected switches. An example of such a network is the Public Switched Telecommunications Network (PSTN). This network may be combined with a radio telecommunications network for mobile communication.

The switches route calls from one subscriber to another, by passing control data and voice data along circuits, which are the interconnecting links among the switches in the network.

A subscriber may be connected to the network via a network access point using a peripheral apparatus, such as a telephone, a modem, an answering device, IVR equipment, conference call hardware or any apparatus used for communication via or interfacing with the network. Likewise a voice service like teleconferencing, news, weather forecast, traffic announcements or any other service may be connected to the network via a network access point also using a peripheral apparatus. A peripheral apparatus may originate connections or calls or receive them and has control circuitry to control these calls.

Similarly, each switch has its own control circuitry for connecting a call to another switch. The control circuitry implements rules telling the switch what to do with an incoming call. A call is originated by communicating a control signal from a peripheral apparatus to a switch and a peripheral apparatus receives a call by receiving control signals from a switch. Upon acceptance of the control signals a voice connection is established between the switch and the peripheral apparatus via a voice-only circuit.

Once a call is received by one switch, whereby the call is accompanied with control data, the switch will on the basis of that control data route the call to a next switch or to another peripheral apparatus or service, whereby voice-only circuits are used to carry the voice data.

The path through the network from a peripheral apparatus to a particular switch may be referred to as one leg of a call or a half call. The path from that switch to another peripheral apparatus may be referred to as the other leg of the call or other half call.

In some cases simple routing or switching is not enough. It may be desirable that a call is connected to a service, e.g. an information service. In other cases more complex switching is required, e.g. in the case of call forwarding where a subscriber has moved to another number.

"IN" (Intelligent Networking) was introduced to perform such services. Switches connected to IN systems detect calls, which require special treatment. The control signals of such calls are diverted to the IN system where decisions are made on the further treatment of the call. The result of these decisions is communicated to the switch, which will treat the call accordingly.

Nowadays there is a need for call control from a different perspective. With the emerging of computer networks, Internet, LANs and WANs, a need arises to be able to control telecom connections from the computer environments. IN provide for such possibilities. It is now possible to initiate a call or service from a computer network which is connected to an IN system, which is in turn connected to a switch and thereby able to establish calls, whereby the two legs of the call have their starting point at the switch connected or controlled by the IN system.

IN systems however are expensive and are limited in their functionality. They are bound by telecom standards, which evolve slower than the information technology now available.

The US patent 6337858 discloses a further development, whereby a switch fabric is used outside of the telecom network. This switching fabric, comprising switch and switch control means is connected to and controlled by computer telephony hardware. This architecture is referred to as computer telephony integration (CTI) hardware. In this architecture it is possible to set up a first call from the switching fabric to a first peripheral apparatus and a second call from the switching fabric to a second peripheral apparatus. Both calls constitute a leg to the respective peripheral apparatuses. After the legs have been set up, the CTI then bridges the calls.

This architecture gives control over both legs of the call. The result is great flexibility of building calls from the CTI environment. The CTI may be part of the Internet, a LAN or a WAN. Thereby all kinds of users may be enabled to create telecom services in relation to for example a Web based service.

Despite the advantages of the solution disclosed in US6337858 , a switch fabric outside of the telecommunication network is required. Switches are expensive equipment.

Summary

It is therefore a first object of the invention to provide a system for controlling a telephony network, to control at least two call legs, which are bridged within the telecom network using conventional switches.

It is a further object to provide a method for controlling a telephony network, for controlling at least two call legs within the telephony network using conventional control commands.

This first object of the invention can be achieved by a system for controlling a telephony network, for example a PSTN network which comprises switch apparatus, which may be present in the telephony network. The switch apparatus may have ports, used for connecting to further switch fabric or peripheral apparatus in the telecom network. Each port can have a control section and a voice data section. The switch apparatus may be arranged to receive control commands via the control sections of the ports for controlling connections or calls between the ports. A bridging circuit may be connected between the voice data sections of a first port and a second port. At least one third port being connected to the telecom network may be present. The system may further comprise a computer apparatus for communicating with the switch apparatus, arranged to send a first control command to the control section of the first port of the switch apparatus. The computer apparatus may also be arranged to send a second control command to the control section of the second port of the switch apparatus.

The connection from the at least third port to a peripheral apparatus may be completed according normal call completion, by propagating appropriate control signals and subsequent switching in intermediate further switch fabric between the at least third port and the peripheral apparatus. In this manner a connection may be controlled between a first peripheral apparatus and a second peripheral apparatus via two independent connections, which are bridged via the bridging circuit. This provides the freedom of control necessary to provide services to subscribers where on-the-fly and seamless connections between subscribers may be altered, rerouted, re-rated and many other possibilities while using standard switch apparatus and where no IN system is required.

In an embodiment of the invention whereby the computer apparatus may be arranged to receive control signals from the switch apparatus, it is advantageous to start a particular service on the receipt of a control command.

The control commands are routed to the computer apparatus by the switch apparatus. The service may comprise the control of another half call, which may be bridged by the voice-only circuit.

In a further embodiment, whereby the computer apparatus may comprise a server, connected via a computer network, whereby the server is arranged to communicate with the switch apparatus and to perform a service upon receipt of a command from the user terminal, it is particularly advantageous to initiate services from a user terminal. The user terminal may be connected to the computer apparatus via the Internet. Users may initiate a telecom service while using the Internet or any other computer network.

In a further embodiment of the invention, whereby the computer apparatus may comprise a signalling gateway, that may be arranged to communicate with the server via a communications link or the computer network, and whereby the signalling gateway may comprise a first and a second communication port that communicate with the control section of the first and second port respectively of the switch apparatus, it is advantageous that the further computer apparatus, the server and user terminals have no need for direct interfacing to the switch apparatus. This is achieved by commercially available signalling gateway, which are arranged to communicate with switch apparatus and may be controlled by simple commands, also known as events.

In a further embodiment, wherein the switch may comprise one switch, having the first and second port with the bridging circuit between the, voice data sections of the two ports and at least one third port connected to the telecom network, it is particularly advantageous to utilise two free ports on a switch already available in the telecom network. Even if such ports are not available, it is a standard routine procedure to add extra ports to a conventional switch, thereby making it very simple and cheap to add the functionality of setting up connections as described in the first object of the invention.

In a further embodiment of the invention, wherein the switch apparatus may comprise at least two switches, having the bridging circuit between the voice data sections of one port of one switch and one port of a second switch, and the at least two switches being connected to the telecom network via at least one port on each switch, it is advantageous to have the possibility to use an existing voice-only circuit as a bridging circuit between two switches to install the functionality of setting up connections as described in the first object of the invention. This may be necessary if spare ports are not available or possible in one switch.

The further object of the invention can be achieved by a method, wherein a computer apparatus may be arranged to communicate with the control sections of a first and second port of a switch apparatus. The method may comprise the steps of controlling a first connection between a first circuit of the first port with a first peripheral apparatus accessible via at least one third port of the switch apparatus, and may further comprise the step of controlling a connection between a second circuit of the second port with a second peripheral apparatus accessible via at least one third port of the switch apparatus, whereby the first and second port are connected via a bridging circuit and the first and second circuit are matched. This is particularly advantageous, since standard control methods may be used to control the switch apparatus, so no special switch outside the telecom network is necessary, to control a connection which is made up of two independent connection which are bridged via the bridging circuit.

In an embodiment of the invention, whereby the computer apparatus, may comprise a server and at least one user terminal, connected via a network, and the server may be arranged to communicate with the switch apparatus, comprising the steps of the server performing a first service upon receipt of a command from a user terminal, and the service comprising the steps of communicating control commands to the switch apparatus, it is advantageous the switch apparatus may be controlled by a issuing a command from a user terminal i.e. while using the Internet or any other computer network. Various kinds of services may be conceived using the Web as a starting point for all kinds o telecom services using the telecom network.

In a further embodiment of the invention, whereby the computer apparatus may be arranged to receive control messages from the switch apparatus, the method may comprise the steps of the server performing a second service upon receipt of a command from the switch apparatus, the service comprising the steps of communicating control commands to the switch apparatus, having the advantage of being able to define services initiated by telecom network events, without having to adapt the telecom network itself. Only relatively cheap computer apparatus are needed to perform such services way may be developed on a platform appropriate for a server, user terminal and network environment.

In a further embodiment of the invention, whereby the computer apparatus may further comprise a signalling gateway, the method further comprising the steps of generating an event in the server, the server communicating the event to the signalling gateway, the signalling gateway translating the event in a control command, the signalling gateway communicating the control command to the switch apparatus via the control section of the first or third port, it is advantageous to generate simple telecom events in the server which are translated by a commercially available signalling gateway e.g. a Milborne.

The invention may be embodied using the elements described in this document in various combinations.

Brief description of the drawings

The invention is explained according the figures summarised as below.

  • Fig 1 shows an embodiment according to the invention.
  • Fig 2 shows an embodiment of the switch apparatus according to the invention.
  • Fig 3 shows an embodiment of the computer apparatus according to the invention.
  • Fig 4 shows a further embodiment of the computer apparatus according to the invention
  • Fig 5 shows a preferred embodiment of the computer apparatus according to the invention.

Detailed description

Fig 1 shows a telecommunication network 1 including a first switch fabric 2 and further switch fabric 15.

The telecom network 1 basically represents a PSTN network, but any telecom network having switches, including soft switches may apply. The network 1 may also include switch fabric and radio base stations for mobile telecommunication services like GSM or any other way of mobile telecommunication. Furthermore the network 1 may also include voice gateways acting as switching interfaces between a telecom network and for example an IP network (Voice-Over-IP).

The first switch fabric 2 for switching calls or connections has communication ports 3 for communicating among the further switch fabric 15 or with peripheral apparatuses 16. The ports 3 communicate having a control section 4 and a voice data section 5. The control sections 4 are used for passing connection control data, the voice data sections 5 are used for passing the voice data. The control and voice data sections may include separate electrical connectors for connecting a cable, but they may also be combined in a single connector. In another embodiment, the control and voice data sections 4, 5 may share the same connection. This is for instance the case where peripheral apparatuses 16 are connected with switch fabric, using one pair of conductors only, and where control and voice data share the same connection.

The peripheral apparatuses 16 may be any equipment used by end users or used for interfacing voice or data sources with the network, such as telephones, fax, modems and the like.

According to the invention, two ports 7,8 are reserved, whereby a bridging circuit 6 connects the voice data sections 5, which is a common way of connecting the voice part of calls or voice connections from one switch to another. The control sections 4 of the ports 7,8 however are connected to a computer apparatus 10 by means of control links 11 and 12.

The computer apparatus 10 is capable of communicating with the ports 7 and 8 of the first switch fabric 2, and thereby controlling calls or connections made via those ports 7 and 8. These ports 7, 8 may be instructed using control commands by the computer apparatus 10 to establish or terminate or any other form of control of connections or calls which may pass through the ports 7 or 8.

The computer apparatus 10 may for example issue a first command 17 telling the first switch fabric 2 to establish a first connection or half call between the voice data section 5 of port 7 and a peripheral apparatus 16 via a third port 9. The first switch fabric 2 and the further switch fabric 15 make the connection using circuits 14 and control links 13. Circuits 14 may be combined in a trunk.

Control links 11, 12 and 13 may be combined in a control network. A C7 control network is an example of such a network, whereby switches in a telecom network exchange their control signals or commands via a common control network. A control link thus may be a virtual link defining a communication channel from one point in the control network to another.

A circuit 14 and a control link 13 are connected to the voice data section 5 and the control section 4 respectively of the at least one third port 9 on the first switch fabric 2. On the further switch fabric 15 the circuit 14 and control link 13 are connected to corresponding control and data sections 4,5 of further ports 3.

The computer apparatus 10 may also issue a second command 18 controlling the first switch fabric 2 to establish a second connection or half call between the voice data section 5 of port 8 and a peripheral apparatus 16 via a fourth port 9'.

The two half calls are then bridged by the bridging circuit 6. So a first subscriber may receive a call ultimately via port 7, a second subscriber may receive a call via port 8. Since both half calls are bridged via bridging circuit 6 both subscribers may communicate.

The computer apparatus 10 may also issue commands for terminating the connections or half calls established via the ports 7 or 8 using the first switch fabric 2. Thus it is possible to disconnect one of the subscribers, e.g. the second subscriber, establish a new half call to a third subscriber, whereby the first subscriber can now communicate with the third subscriber, without the first subscriber having to disconnect.

The commands issued or received by the computer apparatus may comprise various C7 signalling protocols (such as MTP Layers 1-3, ISUP, SCCP, TCAP, INAP, MAP or SMS). The control links 11 and 12 and the control links 13 may be C7 links or any connection type used for communicating control signals or commands between switches. For commonly used switches very often ISUP protocols apply.

In this manner the object of the invention is achieved. It is now possible to flexibly bridge and independently establish half calls or connections under computer control, using standard switches. So modern services, whereby subscribers are dynamically connected, can be developed and implemented in any existing telecommunications network.

A voice section 5 of a port 3 may be known by its CIC (Circuit Identification Code). A bridging circuit 6 or a circuit 14 connected to a voice sections 5 of two ports 3. The circuits may be realised in the form of fibres or wires in a cable, but also as multiplexed circuits whereby voice data is sent over a single communication line, e.g. a glass fibre. A circuit 14 may also be part of a wireless connection.

Using circuits, the first switch fabric 2 may be instructed by the computer apparatus 10 to control a first call between a circuit in the voice-data section 5 of a port 3, e.g. port 7 and another circuit in the voice data section 5 of another third port 3, e.g. port 9.

A second half call may then be controlled between a circuit in the voice-data section 5 of second port 3, e.g. port 8 and yet another circuit in the voice data section 5 of another third port 3, e.g. port 9. A bridging circuit 6, bridges the voice data sections 5 of ports 7 and 8.

In a further embodiment according to the invention, the computer apparatus 10 may also be arranged to receive incoming control commands from the first switch fabric 2. The commands may be detected and used for starting a particular behaviour as part of a service for the subscriber that initiated the call that was switched to e.g. port 7 of the first switch fabric 2.

Examples of services using command detection are:

  • smart call forwarding (at busy, at no-reply), whereby a first half call is established from a first peripheral apparatus 16 towards the first switch fabric 2, a second half call is established from the first switch fabric 2 towards a second peripheral apparatus 16 as requested by the user of the first peripheral apparatus 16, and whereby a new half call is established from the first switch fabric 2 towards a third peripheral apparatus 16 on busy or non completion of the half call towards the second peripheral apparatus 16.
  • completion of a call after operator contact ("information"), whereby a first half call is established from a first peripheral apparatus 16 towards the first switch fabric 2, a second half call is established from the first switch fabric 2 towards a second peripheral apparatus 16 associated with a telephone operator, the telephone operator being able to establish a third half call from the first switch fabric 2 towards a subscriber at a third peripheral apparatus 16.
  • call conferencing with the possibility to have a private conversation. In this example, a subscriber using his peripheral apparatus 16 may be connected to the first switch fabric 2 first, the control part of the call being intercepted by the computer means, thus establishing a first half call, a second half call then established by the computer apparatus 10 from the first switch fabric 2 to a first conference call hardware as another peripheral apparatus 16. The bridging circuit 6 bridges both half calls. More subscribers may be connected to the conference call hardware in a similar manner. During the conference call, two or more participants may decide to temporarily disconnect their half call from the first switch fabric 2 to the first conference call hardware and establish a second half call from the first switch fabric 2 to a second conference call hardware, by sending a control command, e.g. by pressing a button on their phone. This command is then again intercepted by the computer apparatus 10 which disconnects the second half call from the first switch fabric 2 to the first conference call hardware and establishes a third half call from the first switch fabric 2 to the second conference call hardware, whereby the first half call and third half call are again bridged by the bridging circuit 6.

In a further embodiment according to the invention, the computer apparatus 10 may also be arranged to receive control commands on one control port connected to the first switch fabric 2 and pass them to a second control, also connected to the first switch fabric 2 to allow the normal passage of control commands from one port to another.

The computer apparatus 10 may detect if an incoming control command represents a request for a particular service. If not, the control command may be passed on to the second control port. For these control commands the computer apparatus behaves transparently.

In a preferred embodiment according to the invention, the first switch fabric 2 comprises one switch that has the first, second and the at least one third ports (7,8 and 9). The invention may be realized this way for example by using spare ports 3 in a switch, which is already in place in the telecom network 1. The telecom network 1 may also be expanded, adding a switch and configuring it according to the invention.

Network administration is simple, since only a single location, the location of the switch is involved.

Fig 2 shows an embodiment of the first switch fabric 2 according to the invention.

In this embodiment a circuit connects a first port 7 at a first switch 19 first port 7 to a second port 8 at a second switch 20 thereby forming the bridging circuit 6. The corresponding control links of ports 7 and 8 communicate with the control ports of the computer apparatus 10, thus establishing the first control link 11 and the second control link12 by which the computer apparatus 10 controls the first switch fabric 2 as described.

This configuration allows for situations where spare circuits between two switches can be utilised to realize the invention.

By arranging the computer apparatus 10 to have the ability of to pass control command from one control port to another, the control links which now communicate with the computer apparatus can still be used for normal telephone traffic. Incoming control commands from the control ports of the computer apparatus 10 can be intercepted in the computer apparatus 10. Control commands needed for normal traffic, not needed for services according the invention, may be passed from the first control port to the second control port or vice versa. Control commands needed for services according the invention are not passed from one control port to another but interpreted and handled as required for a service according to the invention.

This situation can be applied between two switches on the same aggregation level within the network 1, but also between two switches at different levels, between switch and a RAC/RAP (Routing and Access Controller/Radio Access Point) or between a switch and a voice gateway (e.g. Voice-Over-IP gateway).

Fig 3 shows an embodiment of the computer apparatus 10 according to the invention.

For the computer apparatus 10 various architectures may apply. The simplest form may be that the computer apparatus 10 comprises a server 21 or a workstation acting as a server, which has communication ports that connect to the first switch fabric 2 via the control links 11 and 12. The server 21 or workstation comprising a processor, volatile memory, static memory usually in the form of a magnetic disk, is arranged to execute programs that enable the server 21 or workstation to perform as a control system. The server 21 or workstation may also be equipped with a display and input means for communicating with a user, who may develop or operate application software on this server 21 or workstation.

Fig 4 shows a further embodiment of the computer apparatus 10 according to the invention In this embodiment, the computer apparatus 10 according to the invention is built around a signalling gateway 22 connected to the first and second control link 11 and 12. The signalling gateway 22 communicates with the first switch fabric 2 in the telecom network 1 using control commands. The server 21 has access to the functionality of the signalling gateway 22 through an API (Application Programming Interface) over connection 23, which may be an IP (Internet Protocol) connection.

Signalling gateways are commercially available products. The one used for prototyping is a "Milborne" from Telesoft Technologies.

Fig 5 shows a preferred embodiment of the computer apparatus 10 according to the invention.

In this embodiment the server 21 and the signalling gateway 22 are connected to a private computer network 24, which may be a LAN or a WAN, via respectively a first connection 25 and a second connection 23. The private computer network 24 may then be connected, routed or bridged via a bridging means 27 which may also include a firewall to a public computer network 26, for example the Internet.

A user may gain access to the server 21 via said public and private networks 26 24 via bridge 27.The server 21 be arranged to provide web services which can be used, initiated or monitored from user terminals 28 like personal computers or workstations. An example of such a web-based service may be "Web-initiated call setup", whereby a telephone call can be initiated from a web/IP-based interface.

In this service the server 21 is arranged to present a user a field on a display of his user terminal 28 where the user can type in a first and a second phone number. The user may then be presented with a button which when clicked on will result in an action from the server 21, sending control commands to the signalling gateway 22, which will then send appropriate commands to the first switch fabric 2 to establish or control two half calls between peripheral apparatuses 16 which correspond to the first and second phone number.

In the previous described example of call conferencing, the switching of the half calls from the first conference call hardware to the second, may also be controlled via a web interface by at least one of the subscribers, whereby the web interface communicates with the server 21 in the computer apparatus.

The invention further enables smart routing with functions like routing depending on time, day, user-settings, calling-party, called-party, etc.

Example services are:

  • corporate voice (routing on geographic numbers)
  • special number routing (084-087 numbers):
  • anonymous numbers,
  • selective reachability.

The invention can be used in various call completion scenario's in such a way that tromboning can be prevented.

Tromboning occurs when for control purposes a call is routed from one switch to a side path one or more further switches deep and then routed back to the switch where the side path begun.

Since the invention does not switch the voice paths, but handles control commands only, no tromboning from the ordinary telephone network will occur. Thus the invention enables changing the destination of a call without trombones during call set up after answer.

Another feature of the invention is that as far as the computer apparatus 10 initiates half calls, it is also the computer apparatus 10 that is responsible for and in control of generating call detail records (CDR's) for billing.

Services may then be freely programmed to perform billing to users, not limited by the CDR generation rules as they are implemented in the telecom network 1.


Anspruch[de]
System zur Steuerung von Verbindungen in einem Telekom-Netzwerk (1), wobei das Telekom-Netzwerk umfasst: eine Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2), welche einen ersten Anschluss (7), einen zweiten Anschluss (8), einen dritten Anschluss (9) und einen vierten Anschluss (9') hat, wobei die Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur zum Erhalten von Steuer-Befehlen zur Steuerung von Verbindungen zwischen den Anschlüssen angeordnet ist, und eine weitere Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (15) oder periphere Vorrichtungen (16), welche mit den Anschlüssen (9, 9') der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) verbunden sind, wobei das System gekennzeichnet ist durch einen Überbrückungs-Schaltkreis (6) zur Verbindung des ersten Anschlusses (7) und des zweiten Anschlusses (8) innerhalb des Telekom-Netzwerkes (1), und eine Computer-Vorrichtung (10), die mit dem ersten Anschluss (7) und mit dem zweiten Anschluss (8) der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) verbunden ist, die im Telekom-Netzwerk (1) vorhanden ist, um die Verbindungen, die zwischen dem ersten Anschluss (7) und dem dritten Anschluss (9) und zwischen dem zweiten Anschluss (8) und dem vierten Anschluss (9') der besagten Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) gemacht werden, zu steuern. System gemäss Anspruch 1, wobei jeder Anschluss einen Steuer-Abschnitt (4) und einen Sprachdaten-Abschnitt (5) hat, wobei Computer-Vorrichtung (10) zur Kommunikation mit dem Steuer-Abschnitt (4) des ersten Anschlusses (7) der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) über eine erste Steuer-Verbindung (11) und mit dem Steuer-Abschnitt (4) des zweiten Anschlusses (8) der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) über eine zweite Steuer-Verbindung (12) angeordnet ist, und

der Überbrückungs-Schaltkreis (6) mit den Sprachdaten-Abschnitten (5) des ersten Anschlusses (7) und des zweiten Anschlusses (8) verbunden ist.
System gemäss Anspruch 2, wobei die erste Steuer-Verbindung (11) und die zweite Steuer-Verbindung (12) in einem Steuer-Netzwerk kombiniert sind. System gemäss Anspruch 2 oder 3, wobei die Computer-Vorrichtung (10) angeordnet ist, um einen ersten Steuer-Befehl zum Steuer-Abschnitt (4) des ersten Anschlusses (7) zu senden und um einen zweiten Steuer-Befehl zum Steuer-Abschnitt (4) des zweiten Anschlusses (8) der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) zu senden. System gemäss einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Computer-Vorrichtung (10) angeordnet ist, um Steuer-Befehle von der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) zu erhalten. System gemäss Anspruch 5, wobei die Computer-Vorrichtung (10) angeordnet ist, um Steuersignale vom ersten Anschluss (7) zum zweiten Anschluss (8) und vom zweiten Anschluss (8) zum ersten Anschluss, (7) der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) weiterzuleiten. System gemäss Anspruch 5 oder 6, wobei die Computer-Vorrichtung (10) angeordnet ist, um eine Dienstleistung nach Erhalt des Steuer-Signals von der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) auszuführen. System gemäss einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der erste Anschluss (7) und der zweite Anschluss (8) mehrfache Überbrückungs-Schaltkreise (6) unterstützen, und wobei mindestens zwei Überbrückungs-Schaltkreise (6) in einem Stamm kombiniert sind. System gemäss einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) eine einzelne Vermittlungsstelle umfasst. System gemäss einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8, wobei die Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) eine erste Vermittlungsstelle (19) und eine zweite Vermittlungsstelle (20) umfasst, wobei die erste Vermittlungsstelle (19) den ersten und den dritten Anschluss (7, 9) hat, und wobei die zweite Vermittlungsstelle (20) den zweiten und vierten Anschluss (8, 9') hat. System gemäss einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Computer-Vorrichtung (10) einen Server (21) umfasst. System gemäss Anspruch 11, wobei die Computer-Vorrichtung (10) einen Signalisierungs-Gateway (22) umfasst, wobei der Signalisierungs-Gateway (22) zur Kommunikation mit dem Server (21) angeordnet ist und einen ersten und einen zweiten Kommunikations-Anschluss zur Kommunikation mit dem Steuer-Abschnitt (4) des ersten Anschlusses (7) bzw. des zweiten Anschlusses (8) der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) umfasst. System gemäss Anspruch 12, wobei der Server (21) zur Kommunikation mit einem Benutzer-Endgerät (28), welches ein Computer-Netzwerk (24, 26, 27) verwendet, angeordnet ist. System gemäss einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Steuer-Befehle (17, 18) Befehle umfassen, die sich auf die Erstellung und/oder Befehle umfassen, die sich auf die Unterbrechung einer Verbindung beziehen. System gemäss einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Computer-Vorrichtung (10) zur Generierung eines Anruf-Detail-Berichts nach der Erstellung einer Verbindung über einen ersten Anschluss (7) oder den zweiten Anschluss (8) zu mindestens einem dritten Anschluss (9), angeordnet ist. Verfahren zur Steuerung von Verbindungen in einem Telekom-Netzwerk (1), wobei das Telekom-Netzwerk umfasst;

eine Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2), welche einen ersten Anschluss (7), einen zweiten Anschluss (8), einen dritten Anschluss (9) und einen vierten Anschluss (9') hat, wobei die Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur zum Erhalten von Steuer-Befehlen zur Steuerung von Verbindungen zwischen den Anschlüssen angeordnet ist, und

eine weitere Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (15) oder periphere Vorrichtung (16), welche mit den Anschlüssen (9, 9') der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) verbunden sind,

wobei das Verfahren gekennzeichnet ist durch: - Überbrückung (6) des ersten Anschlusses (7) und des zweiten Anschlusses (8) im Telekom-Netzwerk (1) unter Verwendung eines Überbrückungs-Schaltkreises (6), und - Steuerung (10) von Verbindungen, die zwischen dem ersten Anschluss (7) und dem dritten Anschluss (9) gemacht wurden, und zwischen dem zweiten Anschluss (8) und dem vierten Anschluss (9') der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2), die im Telekom-Netzwerk (1) vorhanden ist, unter Verwendung einer Computer-Vorrichtung (10).
Verfahren gemäss Anspruch 16, umfassend die Schritte des: - Steuerns einer ersten Verbindung durch die Computer-Vorrichtung (10), welche einen ersten Steuer-Befehl (17) zum ersten Anschluss (7) sendet, - Steuerns einer zweiten Verbindung durch die Computer-Vorrichtung (10), welche einen zweiten Steuer-Befehl (18) zum zweiten Anschluss (8) sendet. Verfahren gemäss Anspruch 17, umfassend den Schritt der Überbrückung der ersten und zweiten Verbindung durch entsprechende Schaltkreise im Überbrückungs-Schaltkreis (6). Verfahren gemäss einem der Ansprüche 16 bis 18, umfassend die Schritte des Sendens eines Steuer-Befehls von der Computer-Vorrichtung (10) zur Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) nach Erhalt eines Befehls von einem Benutzer, wobei die Computer-Vorrichtung (10) einen Server (21) umfasst, der mit der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) kommuniziert, wobei der Server (21) mit einem Benutzer über ein Computer-Netzwerk (24, 26) kommuniziert, wobei der Benutzer die Befehle von einem Benutzer-Endgerät (28) ausgeben kann. Verfahren gemäss Anspruch 19, umfassend die Schritte des: - Erhaltens eines Anrufes durch die Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) an dem mindestens einen dritten Anschluss (9), - Sendens eines Steuer-Befehls von der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2) zum Server (21) und - Kommunizierens einer Antwort vom Server (21) zum Benutzer-Endgerät (28) nach Erhalt des Befehls von der Vermittlungsstellen-Struktur (2).
Anspruch[en]
A system for controlling connections in a telecom network (1), the telecom network comprising

a switch fabric (2) having a first port (7), a second port (8), a third port (9) and a fourth port (9'), the switch fabric being arranged for receiving control commands For controlling connections between the ports, and

further switch fabric (15) or peripheral apparatus (16) connected to ports (9, 9') of the switch fabric (2),

the system being characterized by

a bridging circuit (6) for connecting the first port (7) and the second port (8) within the telecom network (1), and

a computer apparatus (10) connected to the first port (7) and the second port (8) of the switch fabric (2) present in the telecom network (1) in order to control connections made between the first port (7) and the third port (9), and between the second port (8) and the fourth port (9') of said switch fabric (2).
The system according to claim 1, wherein each port has a control section (4) and a voice data section (5),

the computer apparatus (10) being arranged for communicating with the control section (4) of the first port (7) of the switch fabric (2) via a first control link (11) and with the control section (4) of the second port (8) of the switch fabric (2) via a second control link (12), and

the bridging circuit (6) being connected to the voice data sections (5) of the first port (7) and the second port (8).
The system according to claim 2, wherein the first control link (11) and the second control link (12) are combined in a control network. The system according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the computer apparatus (10) is arranged for sending a first control command to the control section (4) of the first port (7) and for sending a second control command to the control section (4) of the second port (8) of the switch fabric (2). The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the computer apparatus (10) is arranged for receiving control commands from the switch fabric (2). The system according to claim 5, wherein the computer apparatus (10) is arranged for passing control signals from the first port (7) to the second port (8) and from the second port (8) to the first port (7) of the switch fabric (2). The system according to claim 5 or 6, wherein the computer apparatus (10) is arranged for performing a service upon receipt of the control signal from the switch fabric (2). The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the first port (7) and the second port (8) support multiple bridging circuits (6), and wherein at least two bridging circuits (6) are combined in a trunk. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the switch fabric (2) comprises a single switch. The system according to any of claims 1-8, wherein the switch fabric (2) comprises a first switch (19) and a second switch (20), the first switch (19) having the first and third port (7, 9) and the second switch (20) having the second and fourth port (8, 9'). The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the computer apparatus (10) comprises a server (21). The system according to claim 11, wherein the computer apparatus (10) comprises a signalling gateway (22), the signalling gateway (22) being arranged for communicating with the server (21) and comprising a first and a second communication port for communication with the control section (4) of the first port (7) and the second port (8) of the switch fabric (2) respectively. The system according to claim 12, wherein the server (21) is arranged for communicating with a user terminal (28), using a computer network (24, 26, 27). The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the control commands (17, 18) comprise commands related to establishing, and/or comprise commands related to breaking a connection. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the computer apparatus (10) is arranged for generating a call detail record upon establishing a connection via the first port (7) or the second port (8) to the at least third port (9). A method for controlling connections in a telecom network (1), the telecom network comprising

a switch fabric (2) having a first port (7), a second port (8), a third port (9) and a fourth port (9'), the switch fabric being arranged for receiving control commands for controlling connections between the ports, and

further switch fabric (15) or peripheral apparatus (16) connected to ports (9, 9') of the switch fabric (2),

the method being characterized by the steps of: • bridging (6) the first port (7) and the second port (8) within the telecom network (1) using a bridging circuit (6), and • controlling (10) connections made between the first port (7) and the third port (9), and between the second port (8) and the fourth port (9') of the switch fabric (2) present in the telecom network (1), using a computer apparatus (10).
The method according to claim 16, comprising the steps of: • controlling a first connection by the computer apparatus (10) sending a first control command (17) to the first port (7), • controlling a second connection by the computer apparatus (10) sending a second control command (18) to the second port (8). The method according to claim 17, comprising the step of bridging the first and second connection by corresponding circuits in the bridging circuit (6). The method according to any of claims 16-18, comprising the step of sending a control command from the computer apparatus (10) to the switch fabric (2) upon receipt of a command from a user, wherein the computer apparatus (10) comprises a server (21) communicating with the switch fabric (2), the server (21) communicating with a user via a computer network (24, 26), wherein the user may issue the command from a user terminal (28). The method according to claim 19, further comprising the steps of: • receiving a call by the switch fabric (2) at the at least one third port (9), • sending a control command from the switch fabric (2) to the server (21) , and • communicating a response from the server (21) to the user terminal (28) upon receipt of the command from the switch fabric (2).
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Système destiné à commander des connexions dans un réseau de télécommunications (1), le réseau de télécommunications comprenant

une structure de commutateur (2) comprenant un premier point de connexion (7), un second point de connexion (8), un troisième point de connexion (9) et un quatrième point de connexion (9'), la structure de commutateur étant conçue pour recevoir des instructions de commande destinées à commander des connexions entre les points de connexion, et

une autre structure de commutateur (15) ou un dispositif périphérique (16) connecté aux points de connexion (9, 9') de la structure de commutateur (2),

le système étant caractérisé par

un circuit de raccordement (6) destiné à connecter le premier point de connexion (7) et le second point de connexion (8) au sein du réseau de télécommunications (1), et

un dispositif informatique (10) connecté au premier point de connexion (7) et au second point de connexion (8) de la structure de commutateur (2) présente dans le réseau de télécommunications (1) de manière à commander les connexions réalisées entre le premier point de connexion (7) et le troisième point de connexion (9), et entre le second point de connexion (8) et le quatrième point de connexion (9') de ladite structure de commutateur (2).
Système selon la revendication 1, dans lequel chaque point de connexion comporte une section de commande (4) et une section de données de voix (5),

le dispositif informatique (10) étant conçu pour communiquer avec la section de commande (4) du premier point de connexion (7) de la structure de commutateur (2) par le biais d'une première liaison de commande (11) et avec la section de commande (4) du second point de connexion (8) sur la structure de commutateur (2) par le biais d'une seconde liaison de communication (12), et

le circuit de raccordement (6) étant connecté aux sections de données de voix (5) du premier point de connexion (7) et du second point de connexion (8).
Système selon la revendication 2, dans lequel la première liaison de commande (11) et la seconde liaison de commande (12) sont combinées en un réseau de commande. Système selon la revendication 2 ou 3, dans lequel le dispositif informatique (10) est conçu pour envoyer une première instruction de commande à la section de commande (4) du premier point de connexion (7) et pour envoyer une seconde instruction de commande à la section de commande (4) du second point de connexion (8) de la structure de commutateur (2). Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le dispositif informatique (10) est conçu pour recevoir des instructions de commande de la structure de commutateur (2). Système selon la revendication 5, dans lequel le dispositif informatique (10) est conçu pour transférer des signaux de commande du premier point de connexion (7) au second point de connexion (8) et du second point de connexion (8) au premier point de connexion (7) de la structure de commutateur (2). Système selon la revendication 5 ou 6, dans lequel le dispositif informatique (10) est conçu pour réaliser un service à la réception du signal de commande provenant de la structure de commutateur (2). Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier point de connexion (7) et le second point de connexion (8) supportent de multiples circuits de raccordement (6), et dans lequel au moins deux circuits de raccordement (6) sont combinés en un circuit de connexion. Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la structure de commutateur (2) comprend un commutateur unique. Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8, dans lequel la structure de commutateur (2) comprend un premier commutateur (19) et un second commutateur (20), le premier commutateur (19) comprenant les premier et troisième points de connexion (7, 9) et le second commutateur (20) comprenant les second à quatrième points de connexion (8, 9'). Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes dans lequel le dispositif informatique (10) comprend un serveur (21). Système selon la revendication 11, dans lequel le dispositif informatique (10) comprend une passerelle de signalisation (22), la passerelle de signalisation (22) étant conçue pour communiquer avec le serveur (21) et comprenant un premier et un second points de connexion de communication pour une communication avec la section de commande (4) du premier point de connexion (7) et du second point de connexion (8) de la structure de commutateur (2) respectivement. Système selon la revendication 12, dans lequel le serveur (21) est conçu pour communiquer avec un terminal d'utilisateur (28) en utilisant un réseau informatique (24, 26, 27). Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel les instructions de commande (17, 18) comprennent des instructions concernant le fait d'établir une connexion et/ou comprennent des instructions concernant le fait de rompre une connexion. Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le dispositif informatique (10) est conçu pour générer un enregistrement des détails d'un appel lors de l'établissement d'une connexion par le biais du premier point de connexion (7) ou du second point de connexion (8) vers le au moins troisième point de connexion (9). Procédé de commande de connexions dans un réseau de télécommunications (1), le réseau de télécommunications comprenant

une structure de commutateur (2) comportant un premier point de connexion (7), un second point de connexion (8), un troisième point de connexion (9) et un quatrième point de connexion (9'), la structure de commutateur étant conçue pour recevoir des instructions de commande destinées à commander des connexions entre les points de connexion, et

une autre structure de commutateur (15) ou un dispositif périphérique (16) connecté aux points de connexion (9, 9') de la structure de commutateur (2),

le procédé étant caractérisé par les étapes consistant à : • raccorder (6) le premier point de connexion (7) et le second point de connexion (8) au sein du réseau de télécommunications (1) en utilisant un circuit de raccordement (6), et • commander (10) des connexions réalisées entre le premier point de connexion (7) et le troisième point de connexion (9), et entre le second point de connexion (8) et le quatrième point de connexion (9') de la structure de commutateur (2) présente dans le réseau de télécommunications (1) en utilisant un dispositif informatique (10).
Procédé selon la revendication 16, comprenant les étapes consistant à : • commander une première connexion par le biais du dispositif informatique (10) qui envoie une première instruction de commande (17) au premier point de connexion (7), • commander une seconde connexion par le biais du dispositif informatique (10) qui envoie une seconde instruction de commande (18) au second point de connexion (8). Procédé selon la revendication 17, comprenant l'étape consistant à raccorder les première et seconde connexions par les circuits correspondants dans le circuit de raccordement (6). Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 16 à 18, comprenant l'étape consistant à envoyer une instruction de commande depuis le dispositif informatique (10) à la structure de commutateur (2) à la réception d'une instruction provenant d'un utilisateur, où le dispositif informatique (10) comprend un serveur (21) communiquant avec la structure de commutateur (2), le serveur (21) communiquant avec un serveur par le biais d'un réseau informatique (24, 26), où l'utilisateur peut émettre l'instruction depuis un terminal d'utilisateur (28). Procédé selon la revendication 19, comprenant en outre les étapes consistant à : • recevoir un appel par le biais de la structure de commutateur (2) au niveau du au moins un troisième point de connexion (9), • envoyer une instruction de commande depuis la structure de commutateur (2) au serveur (21), et • communiquer une réponse du serveur (21) au terminal d'utilisateur (28) à la réception de l'instruction provenant de la structure de commutateur (2).






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