INSE 7110 - FALL 2010
Value Added Service Engineering in Next Generation Networks



  Tentative schedule and lecture notes

  Academic code of conduct, student responsibilities and student resources


·        Project Preview

·        Project specification

·        More about the project



Roch H. Glitho
Office: EV006-227, Tel: 1-514-8482424 ext. 5846, Email:
Office hours: Friday, 15h00 – 17h00

Friday, 17h45 - 20h15


The course aims at given students a good grasp of the concepts, rules and principles for engineering services in next generation networks. Value added services or more simply services are anything that goes beyond two party voice calls. They are critical to the success and survival of next generation service providers. 


This course is an extensively revised version of the course given in 2009. 

Part I: Current Generation Networks and ITU-T Next Generation Network Vision

·         Current Generation Networks: From 2G to 2.5G

·         Value added services in Current Generation Networks

·          Next Generation Network Vision

Part II: Selected Networking and Value Added Service Technologies for Next Generation Networks

·         Session Signaling and Signaling Protocol Specific Service Architecture

·         Web Services and Web 2.0

·         Media Handling

·         Quality of Service

·         Inter-working

Part III: Putting it Together

·         UMTS

·         Ambient Networks or Beyond UMTS


ELEC 6861: Higher Layer Telecommunication Protocols



Part I

·         Tanembaum, Computer Networks, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall 2003 (Chapter 2 – Section on the Public Telephony Network)

·         R. Moderassi and R. Skoog, Signaling System No7: A Tutorial, IEEE Communications Magazine, July 1990

·         M. Rahnema, Overview of the GSM System an Protocol Architecture, IEEE Communications Magazine, April 1993

·         C. Bettstetter, H-J Vogel, J. Ebershpacher, GSM Phase 2+, GPRS: Architecture, Protocols and Air Interface, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, Third Quarter 1999, Vol. 2, No3

·           H. Berndt, T. Hamada, and, P. Graubmann TINA: Its Achievements and its Future Directions, IEEE Communication & Surveys, 1Q 2000,

·         R. Glitho and Th. Magedanz, guest editors, Intelligent Networks in the new Millennium,  IEEE Communications Magazine, June 2000 Vol.38 No6

·         G. Peersman and S. Cvetkovic,  The Global System for Mobile Communications Short Message Service, IEEE Personal Communications, June 2000

·         J. Brwon, B. Shipman and R. Vetter, SMS: The Short Message Service, IEEE Computer, December 2007

·         SMPP v.5:

·         WAP 2.0 Technical white paper,

·         C-S and D. Knight, Realization of the Next Generation Network, IEEE Communications Magazine, October 2005, Vol. 43, No. 10

·         K. Knightson et al., NGN Architecture: General Principles, Functional Architecture, and Implementation, IEEE Communications Magazine, October 2005, Vol. 43, No. 10

Part II 

         H. Schulzrinne, an J. Rosenberg, SIP: Internet Centric Signaling, IEEE Communications Magazine, October 2000

         R.H. Glitho, “Advanced Services Architectures for Internet Telephony: A Critical Overview,” IEEE Network, July 2000, pp. 38–44.

         Hechmi Khlifi, Jean-Charles Grégoire: IMS Application Servers: Roles, Requirements, and Implementation Technologies. IEEE Internet Computing 12(3): 40-51 (2008)

·         A D. Lea and S. Vinoski, Middleware for Web services, IEEE Internet Computing, Special Issue, January/February 2003, Vol. 7, No1 ACM Queue, Building Web services, Vol. 1, No 1, March 2003

         .J. Moerdijk and L. Klostermann, Opening the Networks with Parlay/OSA: Standards and Aspects Behind the APIs, IEEE Network, May/June 2003, pp. 58-64

         R. Glitho and K. Sylla, Developing Applications for Internet Telephony: A Case Study on the Use of Parlay Call Control APIs in SIP Networks, fo, IEEE Network Magazine,  May/June 2004, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 48 – 55

         B. Carpenter and K. Nichols, Differentiated Services in the Internet, Proceedings of the IEEE, September 2002

         J. Gozdecki et al., Quality of Service Terminology in IP Networks, IEEE Communications Magazine, March 2003

         A. Meddeb, Internet QoS: Pieces of the Puzzle, IEEE Communications Magazine, January 2010


Part III



Evaluation scheme

There will be two quizzes and a semester long project. The quizzes are closed book. The grading scheme is as follows.

·         Quiz #1: 30% (Scheduled for week #6)

·         Quiz #2: 30% (Scheduled for week #14)

·         Semester long project: 40% (Report and demos scheduled for Week #15)


 Tentative schedule and lecture notes




Week #1

(September 6 - 10)

Current Generation Networks: From 2G to 2.5G


Week #2

(September  13-17)

Value added Services in Current Generation Networks

Week #3

(September  20-24)

Next Generation Network Vision

SIP Session Signaling and SIP Specific Value Added Service Technologies


Week #4

(September  27 – October 1st)

RESTful Web services for value added services


Project specification available

Week #5

(October 4 - 8)

SIP Session Signaling and SIP Specific Value Added Service Technologies


Week #6

(October 11 - 15)


Quiz 1


Week #7

(October 18 – 22)


Media handling and inter-working


Week 8

(October  25 - 29)

Big Web Services for value added services – Part I



Week 9
 (November 1 - 5)

Big Web Services for value added services – Part II


Week #10
(November 8 - 12)

Parlay / OSA and CPL



Week 11

(November 15 - 19)

  Advanced conferencing – Part I



Week 12
(November  22 - 26)

  Advanced conferencing – Part II


Weeks 13
(November 29  - December 3)

     Quiz 2


Week #14
(December 6 - 10)



Project reports + demos




<>Academic Code of Conduct, Student responsibilities and Student resources

Academic Code of Conduct


Academic Integrity


Any form of cheating, plagiarism, personation, falsification of a document as well as any other form of dishonest behaviour related to the obtention of academic gain or the avoidance of evaluative exercises committed by a student is an academic offence under the Academic Code of Conduct and may lead to severe penalties up to and including suspension and expulsion.

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 Student’s Responsibilities


·         Students are expected to attend every class. Some material may only be covered in class and not made available on the course website. Students are expected to read the assigned material and to actively participate in class discussions.

·         Students are expected to be respectful of other people’s opinions and to express their own views in a calm and reasonable way. Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.

·         Students are expected to be familiar with the Code of Rights and Responsibilities:

·         If you cannot attend class for any reason, unforeseen or not, you are to come and talk or write to me as soon as possible.



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