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    Overview

    This page provides information addressing the installation and operation of SBCS in the New Zealand environment.

     

    Localisation

    Localisation of SBCS for the New Zealand environment requires changes in a number of areas, and affecting multiple components of the solution.  The following paragraphs provide details of the localisation requirements for the different areas.  Where are particular functional area covers multiple components of the solution, each of those components are specifically addressed under the heading for that functional area.  Much of the localisation required is included in the Quickstart Configuration Templates.

    Localising Telephones

    Localising the telephone involves ensuring the tones played by the phone are appropriate for the country in question, and that the text displayed on the phone is in the correct language.  The differences in tones between the current phone defaults and the New Zealand environment are minimal and generally not perceived as a problem by end users.  As such, no specific localisation of the telephone is required for New Zealand.

    Localising Voicemail

    The default language for the voicemail and auto attendant prompts in SBCS is US English.  While there are no New Zealand English prompts available currently, UK English is generally accepted by the New Zealand population.  CCA may be used to change the prompts by selecting UK English from the drop-down list on the System tab of the Voice configuration page.  Two files - cue-vm-en_GB-langpack.ise.x.x.x.prt1 and cue-vm-langpack.ise.x.x.x.pkg - with version numbers corresponding to the version of the running CUE application need to be downloaded from http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/UC520-CUE-2.3.4 and saved to the appdata/phoneloads subdirectory of the CCA application to allow the update to be completed.  To determine the version of CUE application that is running, either select  Maintenance > Software Upgrade in CCA and check the value under the Current Version heading or use the CLI command 'service-module integrated-Service-Engine 0/0 status'. A VoD is available that goes through the process of applying the language update to the voicemail application.

    Localising PSTN Connectivity

    Update Jan 09: CCA v1.9 correctly configures PSTN ports for the New Zealand environment, and so the procedures described in this section are not required when CCA v1.9 or higher is in use.  CCA v1.9 is currently recommended for all installations in New Zealand.

     

    Update July 08: CCA v1.7 allows the cptone to be specified through the 'Call Progress Tone' field under the System tab of the voice configuration screens.    Version 1.7 also correctly sets the ISDN switch type and the companding for ISDN ports.

     

    Localising PSTN connectivity involves requires the PSTN prots on the UC500 to be matched to the characteristics of the PSTN in a given country.  Currently, this must be done for New Zealand either manually using the CLI interface, or by using CCA in conjunction with the Quickstart templates discussed below.  If CLI is to be used, the the following configuration is required for the different types of PSTN ports:


    Analogue FXO

    voice-port 0/1/0
     !
     ! Ensure the port generates and detects the correct tones
     ! and has the correct electrical characteristics
     !
     cptone NZ
     compand-type a-law
     !
     ! Allow the port to correctly determine when the remote
     ! party hangs up (supervisory disconnect)
     !
     supervisory disconnect dualtone mid-call
     timeouts call-disconnect 3
     timeouts wait-release 3
    
    


    Analogue FXS

    voice-port 0/0/0
     !
     ! Ensure the port generates and detects the correct tones
     ! and has the correct electrical characteristics
     !
     cptone NZ
     compand-type a-law
    
    


    ISDN Basic Rate (BRI)

    interface BRI 0/1/0
     !
     ! Ensure that we use the correct ISDN message formats
     !
     isdn switch-type basic-net3
    !
    voice-port 0/1/0
     !
     ! Ensure the port generates and detects the correct tones
     !
     cptone NZ
     compand-type a-law
    
    


    ISDN Primary Rate (PRI)

    interface serial 0/2/0:15
     !
     ! Ensure that we use the correct ISDN message formats
     !
     isdn switch-type primary-net5
    !
    voice-port 0/2/0:15
     !
     ! Ensure the port generates and detects the correct tones
     !
     cptone NZ
     compand-type a-law
    
    

    Localising Call Routing

    Update Jan 09: With the release of CCA v1.9, the New Zealand diaplan may configured entirely within CCA, and so the procedures described in this section are not required when CCA v1.9 or higher is in use.  CCA v1.9 is currently recommended for all installations in New Zealand.

     

    An important part of localising an SBCS system is to ensure that the system correctly recognizes and forward calls to phone numbers that match the national numbering plan of the country in which the system is located.  In addition to routing calls to valid destinations, it is also important that the system classify those calls correctly (e.g. as local calls, long distance calls, or international calls) in order to determine whether the caller has permission to call that destination.

    At present, localisation of call routing must be performed either manually using CLI, or by using CCA in conjunction with the Quickstart templates discussed below.  If CLI is to be used, then it is necessary to create individual dial-peer configuration constructs for each of the number patterns to be routed (See the online documentation for more details).  To ensure compatibility with CCA, it is recommended that dial-peers be numbered in the range 2500 - 2999.

     

    Warning: At this point in time, the CCA application does not fully support the localisation of call routing.  While CCA will co-exist with the localised call routing configuration applied either manually or as part of the Quickstart templates, it is recommended that no modifications be made to the Dialplan tab in CCA, as changes made there may conflict with the localised call routing configuration.

    Localising Wireless

    The operational requirements for wireless access points vary across different regulatory domains.  To correctly set the integrated wireless access point in the UC520W units to operate in the New Zealand environment, the following configuration is required:

    interface Dot11Radio0/5/0
     world-mode dot11d country NZ both
    
    

    This configuation may be manually applied to the UC500 using the CLI interface, or will be automatically applied if the Quickstart templates described below are used in conjunction with CCA.

     

    Similar configuration should be applied to any standalone access points deployed, or to the Wireless LAN Controller.  If the Wireless LAN Controller is initially deployed using the Device Setup Wizard in CCA, then the correct regulatory domain will be set as part of this process.  If the Device Setup Wizard is not used, or if standalone wireless access points are deployed, then the regulatory domain must be set by means of the web GUI of each device.

     

    Quickstart Configuration Templates

    Update Jan 09: With the release of CCA version 1.9, the use of the Quickstart templates is not required for deployments in New Zealand.  Further, the call routing configuration in the Quickstart Templates is not directly compatible with the call routing configuration generated by CCA v1.9, and therefore CCA will not be capable of performing updates to the call routing configuration if the Quickstart templates are used.  However, with the exception of call routing management, existing systems previously deployed using the Quickstart templates may continue to be managed with CCA v1.9.

     

    Note: CCA version 1.5 or higher is required for use with the Quickstart templates.

    Note: CCA does not allow the ability to view or customise call routing.  Please use the CLI if customisation of call routing is required.

     

    The Quickstart is a set of templates that allow new Cisco partners within New Zealand to get up and running as quickly as possible. Site, customer and service provider specific requirements will still need to be customised by the partner.  The Quickstart templates provide the following configuration:

    • Country specific ISDN (PRI and BRI) and POTS (FXO and FXS) configuration
    • Default extension range of 200 - 299
    • Outgoing calls to all destinations via dial peers
    • Incoming Direct Inward Dial with last two digits of called number mapped to 2XX e.g. 96594020 mapped to 220

    Please send any comments or feedback on the Quickstart templates to anz-uc520@cisco.com

    Obtaining the Quickstart Templates

    The Quickstart Templates may be downloaded from here or by sending a request to anz-uc520@cisco.com

    Applying the Quickstart Templates using CCA

    Follow these steps to apply the Quickstart Templates to an unconfigured UC500:

    1. Download CCA and install on a convenient PC.  Information and download of CCA v1.5 or greater available from here
    2. Update factory templates included with CCA (This task needs to be performed only after an initial installation or upgrade of the CCA application)
      1. Navigate to the appdata\default-config\cuc500 sub-directory located under the installation directory for the CCA application (C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\CiscoSMB\Cisco Configuration Assistant\ in a default installation). 
      2. Extract the UC520*.cfg files from the UC520-NZ-PSTN-only.zip file and overwrite the configuration files installed by the CCA application.
    3. Start the CCA application and connect to the UC500.  Once connected, select the Restart/Reset option under the maintenance menu and the Restart/Reset window will open.
    4. Select the ‘Reset to Factory Defaults’ checkbox for the UC500.  Note that the ‘Restart’ box will also be checked automatically.  Click Apply or OK.  A final warning window will appear giving you the opportunity to archive the configuration first.
    5. Select ‘Yes’ to continue.  CCA will apply the factory default configuration with the necessary country-specific updates.  The reset process will take several minutes during which the UC500 will reboot.  Once complete, the UC500 is ready for use for New Zealand installations, and may be customised using CCA.

     

    Warning: When utilising an ISDN Primary Rate, do not change the number of timeslots assigned to the primary rate using CCA.  This will cause the call routing and PSTN localisation configuration to be lost.  The UC500 will operate correctly on all primary rate services regardless of the mismatch.

    Installing Quickstart Configuration Template via CLI

    1. Identify the appropriate configuration file based on the following parameters:
      • Correct sized system (8 user, 16 user etc)
      • FXO or BRI or PRI connection.
      • E.g. For an integrated Wireless UC500 with 16Users & 4FXO ports: UC520W-16U-4FXO-K9-factory.cfg
    2. Install a TFTP server on a convenient PC (Cisco has no particular recommendations but a number of free TFTP servers are available. Search for “free TFTP server” with a search engine)
    3. Connect the PC to a PoE port on the UC500 
    4. Telnet to 192.168.10.1. Login as ‘cisco’ with a password of ‘cisco’.
    5. Type ‘copy tftp startup-config’
      • Enter IP address of the PC running the TFTP server
      • Source Filename: Identified New Zealand configuration ‘UC520…’
      • Destination Filename: Press Enter to accept ‘startup-config’
    6. Reload UC500 – Do NOT save configuration if asked

     

    Troubleshooting

    Some potential issues specific to the New Zealand PSTN environment are as follows:

    Phones

    If the quickstart templates are in use and phones are failing to find the correct firmware updates (indicated by error messages displayed on the phone screen) then a likely cause is a mismatch between the software package loaded on the UC500, and the files specified in the template configurations.  In order to resolve this, use CCA to reapply the software package to the UC500 by selecting 'Software Upgrade' from the 'Maintenance' menu, select the UC500 from the popup window and click 'Upgrade Settings'.  Select the 'All' radio button, and specify the UC520-4.2.x.zip file containg the software package.  If prompted that the CUE software or IOS software versions match those in the software package, then it is safe to skip the upgrade of those components.  During the upgrade process, the UC500 configuration will be updated to reflect the correct phone firmware files.

    ISDN ports

    For BRI Services: Use the command “show isdn status” to see which layers are up.  If layer 1 is down, need to check whether the service provider has assigned fixed layer 1.  If not, ask for fixed layer 1 to be assigned.  Should this not be possible, a workaround may be applied with the configuration commmand 'no dial-peer outbound status-check pots' (included by default in the Quickstart templates.  Note that this workaround means that calls will may be attempted through disconnected ports as well, so it is important to connect the PSTN services to the lowest numbered ports first.  Otherwise outbound call setup may be significantly delayed while the system attempts to place a call through a non-existent service.


    For BRI and PRI Services: If layers 1 and 2 are up, but a call still cannot be placed, there may be a mismatch in bearer capability settings between the UC520 and the PSTN.  This may be confirmed by capturing the output of the commands 'debug isdn q931' and 'terminal monitor', or by simplying enabling/disabling 'bearer cap speech' under the voice port.  For example:

    To turn off

    voice-port 0/1/1 
     no bearer cap speech 
    
    
    

    To turn on

    voice-port 0/1/0 
     bearer cap speech 
    
    
    

    Update July08: CCAv1.7 allows the bearer capability to be set through the voice configuration pages on the device tab.

    Other probable causes for the PSTN to reject a call on an ISDN service are incorrect companding and/or cptone settings.  The configuration under the ISDN voice ports should be set to:

    voice-port 0/1/0 
     compand-type a-law 
     cptone AU 
    
    

    Update July08: CCAv1.7 allows the cptone setting be controlled through the voice configuration pages on the system tab using the Call Progress Tone option.

     

    Note: Changes to any voice port configuration should be followed by manually disabling/re-enabling the voice port using the 'shutdown' and 'no shutdown' configuration commands.

    Analogue Ports

    If problems are experienced with audio quality or incorrect or unusual tones being heard, the analogue port in question may not be correctly localised (companding and cptone).  The correct configuration for all analogue ports is as follows:

    voice-port 0/1/0 
     compand-type a-law 
     cptone NZ
    
    

    If voicemails received from callers coming in through an analogue trunk contain extended periods of disconnect tone at the end of the message, or if analogue trunk ports appear to be 'hung' with callers receiving busy tone, it is likely that the ports have not been correctly configure to go on hook when the call ends (disconnect supervision).  The main method of disconnect supervision available on analogue PSTN services in New Zealand is tone-based disconnect.  To configure tone-based disconnect supervision, the following configuration should be applied to all analogue trunk ports:

    voice-port 0/1/0
     supervisory disconnect dualtone mid-call
     timeouts call-disconnect 3
     timeouts wait-release 3
    
    

    Note: Changes to any voice port configuration should be followed by manually disabling/re-enabling the voice port using the 'shutdown' and 'no shutdown' configuration commands.

     

    (Credit to DarrylTyson for this information) The above disconnect supervision configuration has been seen to be ineffective in some (all?) cases, requiring more specific configuration as follows:

    voice class custom-cptone customNZ
     dualtone disconnect
     frequency 400
     cadence 250 250
    
    voice-port 0/1/0
     supervisory custom-cptone customNZ
    
    voice-port 0/1/1
     supervisory custom-cptone customNZ
    
    voice-port 0/1/2
     supervisory custom-cptone customNZ
    
    voice-port 0/1/3
     supervisory custom-cptone customNZ
    
    

    New Zealand Disconnect tone: 400 or 900 Hz interrupted, 250 ms on, 250 ms off, repeated

    Voicemail & Auto Attendant Timezone

    There is a software defect in the 2.3.x and 3.0.3 releases of the Voicemail & Auto Attendant application software whereby a timezone setting for the New Zealand timezone will not take effect, and the application will effectively operate on GMT (12 hours out of sync).  This defect has been logged under defect ID CSCsm80193, and a fix has been applied to release 3.2.1 of the Voicemail/Auto Attendant application.  More detail on this issue may be found in the field notice located at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/ts/fn/620/fn62888.html.  Release 3.2.1 of the Voicemail & Auto Attendant application is available for download from the software library on the cisco.com website, and will be included in the UC520 software bundles with version numbers 4.2.9 and 7.0.x-EA, due for release in the October timeframe.

     

    Support

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    The ideal situation is to contact the PDI Help Desk for assistance when a possible implementation or design issue is recognized BEFORE the engineer is onsite.  The goal of the PDI Helpdesk is to assist Cisco IPC Specialized partners provide the best possible level of proactive service, in addition to reactive support available from Cisco TAC.

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    Hours
    The TAC operates on 24x7x365 with 3 separate centres located around the world, however it is highly recommended that partners work with the Australian TAC, as they have a much greater knowledge of New Zealand market specifics (e.g. Telco Standards). The partner can also request for an open service request to be transferred to the Australian TAC.  The Australian TAC operates between 10am and 4pm Sydney time during standard time, and between 12pm and 6pm Sydney time when daylight saving is in effect.


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    Quickstart Templates - Comments & Feedback

    Any comments and feedback on the templates or documentation for the Quickstart templates are welcome.  Please email anz-uc520@cisco.com


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