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  1. NRIC IV Focus Group 1 Readout Peter G. Spring April 14, 1999 (Day 261)

  2. Outline • Focus Group 1 Key Messages • Testing Subcommittee Readout • Contingency Planning Subcommittee Readout • Assessment Subcommittee Update Gerry Roth - GTE

  3. Key Messages • Assessment Update • Domestic • Major Carriers are on track to complete Y2K remediation programs: • 90% of local and 99% of long distance switches by March 1999 • predict completion by June 1999 • Mid and Small sized carriers on track for 3Q/4Q 1999 • International • Perceived risk of compliance has increased with 75% of previously reported countries having increased risk

  4. Key Messages • Testing • Best Practices available at nric.org • Vendor Product compliance available at nric.org • Interoperability testing survey • 77 companies responses, 18 companies have testing scheduled or planned, 28 different vendors represented • initial analysis • testing coverage spans the overall majority of access and inter-exchange switch and signaling vendors • no major interoperability gaps identified • year to date significant testing completed

  5. Key Messages • Contingency Planning • Contingency Planning “what if” various scenarios completed to supplement existing Contingency Guidelines • Draft Communications plan completed • Contingency Planning workshop scheduled for April 27, 1999

  6. NRIC IV Focus Group 1Subcommittee 2 Year 2000 Testing

  7. Testing Hierarchy International Fifth Level Interoperability International testing utilizing the ITU plans/coordination or specific testing agreements. Inter-Network Fourth Level Interoperability Inter-company testing of network to network capabilities through industry associations (e.g. ATIS/NTC) or specific testing agreements. Intra-Network Third Level Interoperability Joint testing of intra-network capabilities (e.g. Telco Forum). Individual Second Level Telco Company Individual companies may elect to conduct additional product or interoperability testing. Vendor Initial Level Individual products Y2K remediation is conducted by the supplier of that product. Interoperability of same supplier products is tested by the supplier.

  8. Network Vendor ComplianceInformation • Unit Testing Efforts of Common Vendors • Listing of common products of top vendors • Includes compliant version/model numbers • Includes URL for quick update • Will be placed on web at “http://www.nric.org” • Purpose - Information sharing • Target - Small - Midsize telecom industry partners 3

  9. Testing Best Practices • Created & Distributed Practice Questionnaire • Initial review of replies completed March, 1999 • Conclusion: Industry has documented processes for testing and related functions • Next steps: • Continue to collect practices • Post on NRIC http://nric.org -Purpose - Information sharing -Target - Small-Midsize telecom industry partners

  10. Interoperability Testing • Survey Mailed 01/22/1999 • Data Received 02/12/1999 • Raw Data Analysis 03/18/1999 • Analysis & Initial Recommendations 04/14/1999

  11. Interoperability Testing Data • 77 Companies responded to the survey consisting of: 65 LECs 4 IXCs 5 Equipment Vendors 2 Industry Forum 1 ISP 1 Wireless Provider 1 Other * One respondent reported its primary provider status as LEC, ISP, & Wireless

  12. Interoperability Testing Data • Of the responding companies 18 currently have Interoperability testing scheduled or have discussions in-progress to do so • Equipment from 28 different Network Equipment Vendors is represented in the testing outlook

  13. Telecom Providers Who Responded and are Participating in Interoperability Testing Aerial MCI WorldCom Airtouch McLeodUSA Ameritech Richmond Telephone Co. AT&T SBC Communications Bay Springs Telephone Co. SNET Bell Atlantic Sprint Bell South Stentor Cincinnati Bell US West Grand Telephone Co. GTE

  14. Interoperability TestingCoverage Areas • ATIS Phase 11 - Signaling Interoperability • ATIS Phase 12 - Data Network • Telco Forum - Intra - Network • ITU - International Circuit Switched • Canadian JIT - Circuit Switched • Service Providers Bi-Lateral Testing • Service Provider to Industry Segment Testing

  15. NRIC Focus Group 1, SubCommittee 2 Analysis April 9, 1999 O = Valid Combination - But No Test Plans in Place (Under Review) X = Valid Combination - Test Completed or Plans in Place “Blank” - Combination Still Under Review Dark “Shade-in” = Duplicate Matrix Light “Shade-in” = Not a Valid Combination

  16. NRIC Focus Group 1, SubCommittee 2 Analysis April 9, 1999 O = Valid Combination - But No Test Plans in Place (Under Review) X = Valid Combination - Test Completed or Plans in Place “Blank” - Combination Still Under Review Dark “Shade-in” = Duplicate Matrix Light “Shade-in” = Not a Valid Combination

  17. NRIC Focus Group 1, SubCommittee 2 Analysis April 9, 1999 O = Valid Combination - But No Test Plans in Place (Under Review) X = Valid Combination - Test Completed or Plans in Place “Blank” - Combination Still Under Review Dark “Shade-in” = Duplicate Matrix Light “Shade-in” = Not a Valid Combination

  18. Sample of Testing Results • Telco Forum • Total Test Cases 1914 • 82 Elements and/or Management Systems from 21 Suppliers • 6 Year 2000 Anomalies (all fixed and retested) • ATIS Phase 11 • 11 Wireline/Wireless Carrier Participants • 12 Different Suppliers • No Year 2000 Date Related Issues Observed • CTIA Wireless/Wireless Testing • 850 Tests • No Year 2000 Related Anomalies

  19. Interoperability TestingInitial Analysis • Major LECs & IXCs have completed interoperability testing or have plans in place • Testing coverage spans the overall majority of access & inter-exchange switch & signaling vendors • No major interoperability gaps identified to date

  20. Additional Analysis Under Way • International • Data • Private Line • Compliant Networks with Non-Compliant Networks • Enhanced Service Provider (e.g. SS7 Providers for small-midsize companies)

  21. NRIC IV Focus Group 1Subcommittee 3 Year 2000 Contingency Planning

  22. Communications Plan Overview • Adopt & Converge on Existing Proposals: • ITU • US Telco Year 2000 Forum • US National Coordinating Center (NCC) Communications • Recommendations: • Focus on Y2K Information Sharing for Telecommunications • Use NCC/NCS as Coordination & Focal Point for Support to Industry • Enable Structure for Collection/Sharing of Available Information & for Assistance Request • Leverage Existing Infrastructures & Minimum Capability to Link Participants • Rely on NCC/NCS to Collect & Share Information on Foreign & Other Related, Interdependent Industry Sources

  23. Plan Components White House Y2K Task Force Public Other Industry Sectors DoD NCC/NCS International Sources ITU Members Participants Participants

  24. Proposed Participants Recruit Representatives from Cross-Section of the Industry: • Y2K Telco Forum Members • Major Long Distance Service Providers • Internet & Cable Service Providers • Wireless & Satellite Service Providers • Telecommunications Equipment Providers • International Telecommunications Providers and/or Agencies • Canadian Telecommunications Industry Forum Members • Government Agencies

  25. NCC/NCS Acts as Intermediary in Inter-Industry Support & Effort Coordination Seeks and Coordinates Any Federal Support Required Serves as Information Single Point of Collection and Distribution for International Agencies and Companies Shares General Information With Y2K White House Task Force* and industry participants Supports Common Telecommunications Infrastructure for Communications To/From NCC/NCS by Participants * Task Force Will Ensure Official Communication to Public Participants Provide Timely, Accurate Account of Participant’s General Health Service Providers Will Report on Status of Network Services Equipment Vendors Will Advise on Common Equipment Issues/Solutions Participating Countries (Government and/or Telecom Company) Will Report on Their Status & Issues Within Respective Time Zones Around the World Have Reliable Links to NCS/NCC and Designated Liaison Should Have Backup Communications Capabilities in the Event the PSN Experiences Any Degradation (e.g., Satellite Backup) Identify Areas of Concern That Are Common to Other Participants Seek Support From NCC/NCS For Any Required Assistance Roles & Responsibilities

  26. Operational Principles • NCC/NCS Acts as Communications Center Coordinator • Activation & Operation Period: Sept. 9, 1999; Dec. 30, 1999 to Jan. 4, 2000; Feb. 28, 2000 to March 1, 2000 • Positive Status Reports as Frequently as Needed During Critical Stages of Rollover & as Few as 1 a Day • Format: • Pre-Defined Roster of Participants to be Called • Brief Status on Standard Information Checklist by Participants • Status on Other Industries and Foreign Agencies by NCC/NCS • Discussion on Inter-Industry Cooperation/Support Request/Efforts • Information Made available by NCC/NCS via: • Participant’s Representative • Web Interface or Data Base

  27. Major Milestones Proposal Detailed & Committed by US Organizations Notification Letter to Targeted Participants Official Participant Commitment Process in Place Process/Capability Testing Worldwide Dates April 1999 May 1999 June 1999 August 1999 September 1999 Implementation

  28. Contingency Plan Scenarios • 7Categories • Crisis Management/Communications; Network Carrier Elements; Key Suppliers; Customer Related; International Carriers; Power/Infrastructure; Element Management/Operations Systems. • 38 What If Scenarios • Potential Alternatives Indicated • Prevention/Mitigation Category • High/Medium/Low Cost

  29. Contingency Plan Scenarios Y2K Failure Scenario Business Risk Potential Alternatives to be Explored P/M Cost “What If” by Carrier POWER/INFRASTRUCTURE RELATED ¨ Failure of Power Supply Disruption of M H Have Backup Power Sources to Central Office Telecommunications Services to (Generators) Local & LD Customers in the M H ¨ Provide Diversity Where Feasible Area (Network & Services) ¨ Failure of Power Supply No Immediate Impact to M H Have Backup Power Sources to Operations Center Services; Temporary Inability to M M/H ¨ Have Backup Operations Center Manage Operations Take Over Management Responsibility M L/M ¨ Have CO Personnel Provide Coverage ¨ Prolonged Failure of Same as above M H Have Backup Power Sources & Power Supply to CO Ample Fuel Supply for Source and/or Operations M M ¨ Have Mobile Generator Available to Center Cover Geographic Area (Assumes Power Won't Go Down Everywhere at Once) ¨ ¨ Water Supply Shortage M L/M Disruption of HVAC, Affecting Have Backup Water Sources (Tanks) Affecting HVAC Systems M L/M ¨ Temperature Sensitive Create Plan for Alternate Means of & Sanitation Elements with Potential Ventilation & Partial, Non-Essential Service Impact Equipment Shut-Down M L ¨ ¨ Sanitation Problems, Secure Portable Sanitation Impacting Health & Safety of Equipment Personnel ¨ Fuel Supply Shortage Service Disruption in Case of M L/M Secure Ample Fuel Supply and Affecting Backup Prolonged Power Supply Outage means of transporting it. Generator Operation ¨ Building Access Prevent Normal Personnel M L Plan for Backup, Manual Access to Limitation (electronic Access to Build During the Building and Security Personnel system disruption) Emergency On Call ¨ Building Environmental Disruption of Elevators, Alarm M L Ensure Stair Wells are Accessible & Systems Disruption Systems and others Critical Personnel can Use Them M L ¨ Have Personnel on Site to Monitor Environment Alternative CategoryCost for Implementation P = Prevention H = High M = Mitigation M = Medium L = Low

  30. Contingency Plan Scenarios Alternative CategoryCost for Implementation P = Prevention H = High M = Mitigation M = Medium L = Low

  31. Future Activities • Initial Contingency Planning Workshop • April 27, 1999 • Washington Dulles Hilton • Co-Sponsored by NRIC & USTA • Hands-on Contingency Plan Development • Training • NRIC Website Additions: • Possible Scenarios Matrix • Industry Communications Proposal • Expand Communications Model to Include Small Carriers