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Signaling System No. 7 (SS7/C7): Protocol, Architecture, and Services by Jeff Hewett, Lee Dryburgh

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Chapter 16. SS7 Testing

When a new implementation of C7 is introduced into a network, it must be conformance tested against the appropriate standard to ensure that it functions correctly. This is known as validation testing. Validation testing is performed before the implementation is put into a live network.

After validation testing has been successfully completed, the implementation can be deployed into the live network, where more testing will be performed. Testing at this stage is known as compatibility testing. Compatibility testing ensures that the implementation can interwork properly with the other signaling points that are already in the network; it might also be referred to as interoperability testing. The validation phase is performed ...

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