IxCatapult validates the ability of mobile network infrastructures to accommodate fast-rising data volumes and related spikes in signaling traffic. Users can conduct protocol conformance, functional, and load/stress testing to ensure the performance and scalability of the network control plane of both core and radio access network (RAN) devices.
Increasing signaling traffic impacts user authentication and authorization, mobility, charging, policy management, and QoS. The failure of elements such as subscriber databases and mobility management entities (MMEs) can in turn cause costly service interruptions.
IxCatapult emulates control plane signaling on a city scale to validate performance and capacity. Simulating virtually any network node—and multiple nodes simultaneously—the solution represents properly functioning and misbehaving devices to preempt issues and validate deployments in the lab.
Industry-leading IxCatapult capabilities include:
RNC Testing: Ixia’s RNC Test solution measures Radio Network Controller (RNC) performance to prevent issues from arising under load and in complex mobility scenarios. Testing features complete functional and performance testing of UTRAN network components and HSPA+ capabilities. Delivering the industry’s highest signaling load test capacity, Ixia emulates multiple network entities to reduce test requirements.
SS7 Testing: Ixia’s Message Generator and Traffic Simulator™ (MGTS) evaluates SS7 over Legacy and SIGTRAN technology used to interconnect telecom networks in increasingly IP-based networks. MGTS validates the functionality and performance of signaling and media gateways, emulating SS7/PSTN entities and SS7 application databases to reduce test costs and development time.
Femtocell testing: IxCatapult tests femtocell access points and gateways used to extend indoor cellular coverage. Testing addresses integration challenges inherent in integrating femtocells into existing networks. In the absence of mature standards, IxCatapult equips users to develop test scripts for successful implementations.
Equipment vendors and service providers worldwide use IxCatapult during product development, QA testing, and network buildout. Using a unique protocol-centric model, the solution precisely measures the real-world behavior of mobile infrastructure devices as well as overall network performance.
Future-proofing Mobile Networks
IxCatapult delivers repeatable, large-scale test scenarios virtually impossible to create by any other means. Highlights include:
Delivers the industry's most comprehensive range of wireless protocols for testing 3G-UMTS, and SS7 networks and device.
Emulates complex real-world network and mobility scenarios
Provides ultra-high-scale wireless control plane testing, emulating signaling on a city scale
Performs comprehensive, cost-efficient protocol conformance, functional, and load/stress testing using a unique protocol-centric model
Features industry-best RNC testing simulating high load and complex mobility scenarios
Offers industry-best signaling load-test capacity for data rates as high as 168 Mbps
Provides SS7 Testing essential to wireline/wireless network convergence
Overcomes challenges inherent in integrating femtocell technology into existing networks (lack of standards, security concerns, high load generation)
Includes vast library of pre-built test scenarios that can be customized to meet specific test needs
Support all phases of product development from develop test/QA to system test, reducing test cost and cycles
Simulates virtually any network node and multiple nodes simultaneously
Future-proofing Mobile Networks
3G Protocol Compliance
3GPP R7, R8 and R9
3GPP 24.008 (NAS)
3GPP 25.433 (NBAP)
3GPP 25.331 (RRC)
3GPP 25.413 (RANAP)
3GPP 25.321 (MAC)
3GPP 25.322 (RLC)
3GPP 25.434 and 25.435 (FP)
RFC 4960 (SCTP)
RFC 3332 (M3UA)
Routing Area Update
Tracking Area Update
PS call signaling only
CS call signaling only
PS call uplink dummy user plane data
CS call AMR user plane data
CS Soft and softer handover
PS Soft and softer handover
Rate of LUs, Attaches, RAUs, TAUs, PS Calls, CS Calls, HOs
Successful and Failed Lus, Attaches, RAUs, TAUs, PS Calls, CS Calls, HOs
Up to 200 Subscribers per Cell
Up to 12 Cells per IuB-IP Link
Up to 50 3G NodeBs on one X800 Chassis
Up to 125K Subscribers per X800 Chassis
Up to 400 Mbps of User Plane dummy traffic per X800 Chassis