NORTH-I

Managing a wireless network has always been a balancing act: operating at maximum efficiency while maintaining competitive quality of service (QoS); deploying capacity where and when needed as traffic increases and making the most of the frequency spectrum whilst avoiding interference. NORTH-I is the solution of selection for communications providers across the world, enabling them to maximize Qos through optimum network performance.

NORTH-I, Version 6.0 runs on Oracle Database 11g R2/ Oracle Linux 5.5.

NORTH-I v6.0 runs on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

NORTH-I Performance Manager

TTG’s NORTH-I solution takes the multi-vendor, multi technology Performance Management to a whole new level. NORTH-I manages GSM, CDMA, GPRS, UMTS, LTE, POTS, SDH/SONET, SS7 and Sigtran, IN, ATM, Frame Relay, IP and other technologies today.

Lowest cost of ownership

NORTH-I takes Performance Management to the next level, increasing the performance of your network, your people and your business. Built on the leading-edge NORTH-I Performance Manager has the flexibility to collect and interpret terabytes of data from an approximately unlimited range of sources in near real-time. With its extremely customizable architecture, robust, easy-to-use Web-based administration and reporting tools, dashboard, report portal, industry-standard database and open interfaces including SQL, ODBC, XML and CORBA, Snmp NORTH-I Performance Manager release the power of your data.

Comprehensive solutions

NORTH-I Performance Manager comes with a wide range of technology sets, making it simple to manage different technology types. Each Set comes with domain-specific data models, vendor-specific statistics and consistent vendor-neutral Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) along with value-added reports and
graphs, delivering intelligence from day one.

Flexible and future-proof

NORTH-I Performance Manager can be easily customized and extended to meet your explicit requirements. From supporting new technologies to innovative new ways of looking at your network data, NORTH-I Performance Manager delivers a comprehensive solution, today and tomorrow.

NORTH-I Futures

  • GSM Technology Set
  • UMTS Technology Set
  • LTE Technology Set
  • GPRS Technology Set
  • Transmission Technology Set
  • Performance Alarm Viewer Module
  • Performance Profiling Module
  • Prediction Module
  • NORTH-I Dashboard
  • NORTH-I Ad hoc report development and analysis Module

GSM Technology Set

GSM is by far the largest 2g system with over 1.25 billion subscribers world-wide and rising. The NORTH-I GSM Technology Set is designed to meet the exacting challenges of managing GSM networks, with:
Fast, efficient storage, analysis and reporting for the terabytes of historical performance data that a GSM network can generate.
GSM BSS and NSS KPIs and reports that leverage NORTH-I’s GSM knowledge and experience, and provide deep insight into your network’s performance.
Timely and comprehensive support of new vendor releases, through TTG’s close ongoing relationships with GSM vendors.
Detailed views of traffic distribution trends for proactive network planning.
Easy drill down reporting capabilities for fast and efficient root cause analysis of conditions such as ping-pong
handovers due to bad neighbours or bad thresholds.

Supported vendors
Support is provided for all leading GSM vendors, including Huawei, Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NSN, Nortel Networks and ZTE. The GSM Technology Adaptors can be easily extended to support other vendors as required.

Supported network element types
Multi-vendor support is provided for a range of standard GSM network elements, including:

  • Base Stations (BS)
  • Base Station Controllers (BSC)
  • Mobile Switching Centers (MSC)
  • Home Location Registers (HLR)
  • Visitor Location Registers (VLR)


Other types of network elements can be supported but are not included in the core GSM Technology Set and associated Gateways.

Pre-defined KPIs

A wide variety of KPIs (200+) are provided, covering busy hours, Handover analysis, traffic analysis, call set up, availability, uplink/downlink quality and processor load. These families of KPIs include support for:

  • Cells
  • Neighbouring
  • LAPD Links
  • LACs (Location Areas)
  • MSCs
  • HLRs
  • Route Interfaces
  • Signalling

New KPIs can be defined and added easily using simple, metadata driven tools provided by NORTH-I Performance Manager.

Pre-defined reports and graphs

Pre-defined reports provide valuable decision making information targeted at specific roles
within your organization, ranging from engineering reports detailing performance of network equipment, to management reports showing network overviews and hot spot information.
Near real-time, daily, weekly and monthly reports can be run as needed or be scheduled. 
Typical reports include:

  • Detailed dropped call failure cause
  • Service level counter reports
  • Basic cell report including % blocking, % dropped calls, % availability and critical traffic
  • Top-N and bottom-N cell reports
  • Intra-cell, intra-BSC and inter-BSC Handover reports with cause analysis (e.g. quality, level, distance, interference, directed retry)
  • Signalling efficiency for PCH, RACH, SDCCH Interference band reporting
  • In addition to pre-defined reports, new reports can be easily created.
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UMTS Technology Set

UMTS delivers high speed mobile access to a wide range of next-generation corporate and consumer services, such as broadband internet/intranet access and streaming video/audio media, as well as traditional voice services. The NORTH-I Umts Technology Set is designed to meet the challenges of deploying new Umts networks with:
A uniform core set of KPIs and reports across different Umts vendors.
Vendor specific KPIs and reports which address the unique features of different Umts vendors.
UTRAN and CN KPIs and reports that provide deep insight into your network’s performance.
Timely and comprehensive support of new Umts vendor releases.
Detailed views of Umts traffic distribution trends for proactive network planning.
Easy drill down reporting capabilities for fast and efficient root cause analysis of conditions such as high radio bearer reconfiguration rates.

UMTS Technology Set Specifications

Supported vendors
Support can be provided for the leading Umts vendors, including Alcatel, Huawei, Ericsson, NSN, Nortel Networks and ZTE. The Umts Technology Set can be easily extended to support other
vendors as required.

Supported network element types
Multi-vendor support is provided for a range of standard Umts network elements, including:

  • Node Bs
  • Radio Network Controllers (RNC)
  • Mobile Switching Centres (3G MSC)
  • Home/Visitor Location Registers (3G HLR/VLR)
  • Wireless Gateways (WG)
  • Gateway Gprs Support Nodes (3G GGSN)

Other types of network elements can be supported but are not included in the core Umts Technology Set and associated Gateways/.

Pre-defined KPIs


A wide variety of KPIs are provided, covering busy hours, inter-system and soft handovers, voice and
data traffic analysis, Packet size, session management, links usage and processor load. These families of KPIs include support for:

  • Throughput
  • BER (Bit Error Rate)
  • Packets Size
  • Attach/Context
  • Paging/Routing Area Updates
  • Throughput
  • BLER (Block Error Rate)
  • Connection Setup Success and Dropped
  • Handovers (Hard and Soft)
  • Channel Utilisation
  • Signalling Load


Pre-defined reports and graphs


Pre-defined reports provide valuable decision making information targeted at specific roles within your organisation, ranging from engineering reports detailing performance of network equipment, to management reports showing network overviews and hot spot information. Near real-time, daily, weekly and monthly reports can be run as needed or be scheduled.


Typical reports include:

  • UTRAN Traffic/Resource Usage
  • Handovers (Hard/Soft)
  • Access and Signalling
  • CN Traffic
  • Session Management
  • Mobility Management

In addition to pre-defined reports, new reports can be easily created. 




LTE Technology Set

A rapid increase of mobile data usage and emergence of new applications such as MMOG (Multimedia Online Gaming), mobile TV, Web 2.0, streaming contents have motivated the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) to work on the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) on the way towards fourth-generation mobile.

The main goal of Lte is to provide a high data rate, low latency and packet optimized radio access technology supporting flexible bandwidth deployments. Same time its network architecture has been designed with the goal to support packet-switched traffic with seamless mobility and great quality of service.

LTE Technology Set Specifications

Supported vendors

Support can be provided for the leading Lte vendors, including Huawei, Ericsson, NSN Networks and ZTE. The Lte Technology Set can be easily extended to support other vendors as required.

Supported network element types

Multi-vendor support is provided for a range of standard Lte network elements, including:

  • MGW (Media Gateway)
  • MME (Mobility Management Entity)
  • Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
  • E-Node Bs
  • Radio Network Controllers (RNC)
  • PCRF
  • Mobile Switching Centres (3G MSC)
  • Home/Visitor Location Registers (3G HLR/VLR)
  • Home Subscriber Server (HSS)
  • Wireless Gateways (WG)
  • Gateway Gprs Support Nodes (3G GGSN)

Other types of network elements can be supported but are not included in the core Lte Technology Set and associated Gateways/.

Pre-defined KPIs

A wide variety of KPIs are provided, covering busy hours, inter-system and soft handovers, voice and data traffic analysis, Packet size, session management, links usage and processor load. These families of KPIs include support for:

  • RRC Connection Establishment
  • Random Access
  • Initial E-RAB Establishment Success Rate
  • RRC Connection Establishment
  • Added E-RAB Establishment Success Rate
  • S1 Signalling Connection Establishment
  • UE Session Time
  • E-UTRAN Throughput KPIs
  • E-UTRAN Latency KPIs
  • E-UTRAN Packet Loss KPIs
  • And many more
  • Pre-defined reports and graphs

Pre-defined reports provide valuable decision making information targeted at specific roles within your organisation, ranging from engineering reports detailing performance of network equipment, to management reports showing network overviews and hot spot information. Near real-time, daily, weekly and monthly reports can be run as needed or be scheduled.

Typical reports include:

  • E-UTRAN Traffic/Resource Usage
  • Handovers (Hard/Soft)
  • Access and Signalling
  • CN Traffic
  • Session Management
  • Mobility Management

In addition to pre-defined reports, new reports can be easily created.

GPRS Technology Set Specifications Supported vendors

Support is provided for all leading Gprs vendors, including Alcatel, Huawie, Cisco, Ericsson, Motorola, NSN, Nortel Networks and ZTE.
The Gprs Technology Set can be easily extended to support other vendors as required.

Supported network element types

Multi-vendor support is provided for a range of standard Gprs network elements, including:

  • Packets Control Unit (PCU)
  • Serving Gprs Support Node (SGSN)
  • Gateway Gprs Support Node (GGSN)

Other types of network elements can be supported but are not included in the core Gprs Technology Set and associated Gateways.


Pre-defined KPIs

A wide variety of KPIs are provided, covering busy hours, Handover due to Gprs channel allocation, traffic analysis for Gprs timeslots and queue length.
These families of KPIs include support for:

  • Cells (PDCH/PDTCH)
  • Packet Size/MTU
  • TBF Duration
  • LAPD Links
  • RACs (GPRS Location Areas)
  • PDP Contexts
  • GTP Bytes and Packets
  • PCU Traffic
  • Signalling Load

New KPIs can be defined and added easily using simple, metadata driven tools provided by NORTH-I Performance Manager.

Pre-defined reports and graphs

Pre-defined reports provide valuable decision making information targeted at specific roles within your organisation, ranging from engineering reports detailing performance of network equipment, to management reports showing network overviews and hot spot information. Near real-time, daily, weekly and monthly reports can be run as needed or be scheduled.

  • Typical reports include:
  • Packet data channels and traffic channels
  • Temporary block flows
  • PCU logical links
  • Top-N and bottom-N cell reports (packets)
  • SGSN session and mobility management
  • PDP contexts and GTP traffic

In addition to pre-defined reports, new reports can be easily created.