Explicit Call Transfer (ECT)


Feature F-0858 Explicit Call Transfer is a technique for EURO ISDN where if there are two calls active on the IMG and they are bridged or looped together the resources on the IMG are being used inefficiently. With this feature the IMG has the ability to send specific facility messages back to the Stored Program Control Switch (SPCS) on the PBX or TDM switch and tell the PBX/TDM switch to connect these two calls together so they are no longer active on the IMG. This would effectively open up two b-channels on the IMG that were initially being utilized. Explicit Call Transfer supports a portion of specification Q0952_7 (Issue,June 97). See links under Related Topics below for more information on what is supported and how to configure


Call Flow Diagram:




Below is diagram explaining how ECT would be operate in an ISDN to SIP network.


  1. Two calls are in progress. The SIP side sends a REFER message to the IMG telling the IMG to connect the two calls together.



  2. After the call is bridged in the IMG, the SIP leg is no longer connected. Call A and Call B are now routed through IMG as shown below.


  3. With F-0858 Explicit Channel Transfer “Enabled”, the IMG will recognize that the call does not need to be routed through it. The bridged call is using resources on the IMG that could be used for other functions. The IMG would then send a request to the SPCS/Switch B (Stored Program Control Switch) that the two independent calls be bridged together as shown below.


  4. At this point, the call is being routed through Switch B and the IMG has released the call thereby freeing resources on both the IMG and the SPCS.




Initial Configuration:

The procedure below explains how to configure the IMG for Explicit Call Transfer. Verify the following entities are configured before proceeding:


Configure these initial objects before proceeding to the procedure below.


Feature Configuration:


  1. Right click on the Physical IMG node and select New Signaling. A Signaling object will get created. This is a placeholder for multiple signaling objects. No configuration is needed here. For more information, see Signaling.

  2. Right Click on the Signaling object created and select New ISDN.  An ISDN D Channels object will get created.  This is a placeholder for multiple signaling objects. No configuration is needed here. For more information see ISDN Signaling.

  3. Right Click on ISDN D Channels object and select New ISDN D Channel. Select which Interface and Channel to configure the D-Channel on. See Configuring ISDN Signaling or ISDN D Channel for more information on configuring this object and other ISDN configuration.

  4. Right Click on Dialogic IMG EMS and select New Routing Configuration. The routing configuration object will appear. This object is a placeholder object and no configuration is accomplished within this object. See Routing Configuration for more information.

  5. Right Click on Routing Configuration and select New Channel Groups. The channel group object will appear. This object is a placeholder object and no configuration is accomplished within this object. See Channel Groups for more information.

  6. Right Click on the Channel Groups object just created and select New Channel Group. Enter a name for the channel group and select ISDN as the signaling type. By selecting ISDN, the Channel Transfer field can now be enabled or disabled.

  7. To enable the Explicit Channel Transfer feature, select ‘enable’ from the drop down menu in the ‘Channel Transfer’ field. See screen capture below. For more information on Channel Group pane see Channel Group.



  8. Once the Explicit Channel Transfer has been enabled, complete the ISDN Channel group by configuring the D-Channel created earlier into the ISDN Channel Group. Right Click on Ch_Grp_ISDN_ECT – ID:0  and select New ISDN Group. See ISDN Group for more information on configuring this object.

  9. At this point the feature has been enabled and can now be added to a Route Table, Route List, or Translation Table.

  10. Below is screen capture of tree within ClientView once the above procedure has been configured



Additional Information:


Related Topics:

Channel Group