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LTE Integration

Matt Glosson Updated by Matt Glosson

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This article provides details on how an LTE integration can be set up within your Sonar instance using Telrad or Baicells.

If you are looking to provision other LTE solutions, that effort would currently need to be done through the use of webhooks/API.

Telrad

Setup

For integration with Telrad BreezeVIEW, there are several things that need to be set up:

  1. Go to Settings > Networking and create:
    1. LTE Provider, which will point at BreezeVIEW, usually on port 8082
    2. LTE EPCS, one per identifier with associated IP pools
  2. Go to Settings --> Billing --> Services
    1. The service to control must be mapped to a Telrad global service profile name. The name inserted here must exactly match its name in BreezeVIEW.
  3. Go to Inventory, and create a model with the following fields:
    1. IMSI
    2. LTE Authentication Key
    3. OP/OPc
  4. Click the drop-down next to the new model, and select Provisioning, then set the LTE SIM Type to Telrad.
  5. The Inventory item must be associated to something - most likely to a serviceable address, which is in turn associated to an account.
  6. Add an IP address to the IMSI field of the inventory item.
For further information, take a look at the Automating IP Assignments, Data Rates, and Network Access in Sonar documentation.

Integration

How you plan to use Telrad with IP addressing is the next consideration.

Sonar as the Authority

If you decide that Sonar is the authority on IP addressing, there are two options:

  1. Sonar will convert the IMSI into a MAC address and push it in the form of DHCP reservation to a MikroTik device. The EPCs are then configured to relay requests to the MikroTik DHCP server.
  2. Sonar will push the IP address down to BreezeVIEW as a PDN tag in the API, which will then provision it appropriately.
BreezeVIEW is the Authority

If you decide that BreezeVIEW will be the authority on IP addressing, Sonar will simply learn the address from BreezeVIEW as a soft assignment.

Baicells

Setup

For integration with Baicells, there are several things that need to be put in place:

  1. Settings > Networking
    1. LTE Provider points at Baicell provider with the REST API username, password and cloud key.
    2. LTE EPCS, one per identifier with associated IP pools if you are using EPCs.
  2. Inventory model with an IMSI field.
  3. Click the drop-down next to the new model, and select Provisioning, then set the LTE SIM Type to Baicells.
  4. A data service must be present on an account.
  5. The SIMs have to be assigned to an account for them to be provisioned.
  6. Add an IP address to the IMSI field of the inventory item.
    For further information, take a look at the Automating IP Assignments, Data Rates, and Network Access in Sonar documentation.
At this time, the integration for deactivating SIMs from Sonar to Cloud Core when an account status is changed does not exist. In order for the SIMs to be deactivated, you would need to move the SIM from the account to an inventory location.

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