Introduction

32.3273GPPSOAP Solution Set (SS)Telecommunication managementTest management Integration Reference Point (IRP)TS

The present document is part of a TS-family covering the 3rd Generation Partnership Project; Technical Specification Group Services and System Aspects; Telecommunication management; Test management Integration Reference Point (IRP), as identified below:

32.321: "Test management Integration Reference Point (IRP); Requirements"

32.322: "Test management Integration Reference Point (IRP): Information Service (IS)"

32.323: "Test management Integration Reference Point (IRP): Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) Solution Set (SS)"

32.325: "Test management Integration Reference Point (IRP): eXtensible Markup Language (XML) definitions"

32.327: "Test management Integration Reference Point (IRP): SOAP Solution Set (SS)"

A 3G telecommunication network is composed of a multitude of different Network Elements (NE). For a successful operation of the network the operator must be provided with mechanisms allowing him to manage the network. These management activities can be grouped into several areas: configuration management, fault management, performance management, accounting management and security management.

A management function assisting in different high level management areas such as fault management and performance management is test management. The purpose of testing is to get information about the functionality and performance of the 3G managed network subject to the test.

The present document is part of a TS-family defining the Telecommunication Management (TM) of 3G systems.
The TM principles are described in 3GPP TS 32.101 [5]. The TM architecture is described in 3GPP TS 32.102 [6].
The other specifications define the interface (Itf-N) between the managing system (manager), which is in general the Network Manager (NM) and the managed system (agent), which is either an Element Manager (EM) or the managed NE itself. The Itf-N is composed of a number of integration reference points (IRPs) defining the information in the agent that is visible for the manager, the operations that the manager may perform on this information and the notifications that are sent from the agent to the manager. One of these IRPs is the Test Management IRP.

Each IRP is specified by the requirements part, the IS part and at least one SS (e.g. CORBA SS).