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Modified: for 6.2.2


The Transparency Profile is the recommended method of configuring transparency on the SBC Core for new deployments as well as when applying additional transparency configurations to existing deployments. Do not use IP Signaling Profile flags in these scenarios because the flags will be retired in upcoming releases.

Refer to the SBC SIP Transparency Implementation Guide for additional information.

SDP Transparency

Session Description Protocol (SDP) is a set of rules defining how multimedia sessions are set up to allow all end points to effectively participate in the session.

Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) is a protocol used by systems that cannot determine their own transport address as seen from the remote end, but that can provide several possible alternatives (see ICE-Lite Support below). The SDP transparency feature allows SDP and ICE media to pass through the SBC as-is to the far end.

SDP Transparency functionality includes:

  • All unknown SDP attributes are transparently passed.
  • All unknown components of known SDP attributes are dropped.
  • Any unknown audio codecs are dropped.
  • All known and unknown video codecs are transparently passed.

When SDP Transparency is enabled, all IP Signaling Profile SDP-related flags are overridden.

For additional audio/video support topics, refer to:

Suppressing 183 Response Without SDP

The SBC Core supports suppressing the 183 response without SDP upon receipt of 3xx Redirect response for reasons such as:

  • An endpoint perceives a 183 without SDP response as being an extra message resulting in unexpected behavior.

  • Endpoints that behave irregularly upon receipt of a 183 without SDP response prior to cut-through.

Two IP Signaling Profile ingress flags are available to configure the SBC to suppress 183 response without SDP:

  • suppress183For3xxRedirectResponse

  • suppress183WithoutSdp

CLI Syntax
% set profiles signaling ipSignalingProfile <SIP profile name> ingressIpAttributes flags suppress183For3xxRedirectResponsek <disable | enable>
% set profiles signaling ipSignalingProfile <SIP profile name> ingressIpAttributes flags suppress183WithoutSdp <disable | enable>

The following table describes the effects of enabling/disabling these flags.

Table : Suppress 183 Response Without SDP Flags

Suppress 183 for 3xx Redirect Response

Suppress 183 without SDP




  • If 183 without SDP is due to 3xx redirect response, it is suppressed due to “Suppress 183 for 3xx Redirect Response” flag.

  • If 183 without SDP is triggered for reason other than 3xx redirect response, it is suppressed due to “Suppress 183 without SDP ” flag.



3xx redirect response triggers 183 without SDP, and hence is suppressed



A '183 without SDP triggered due to 3xx redirect response' (or for any other reason) is suppressed.



Existing behavior persists.

For configuration details, refer to Ingress IP Attributes - SIP - CLI or Ip Signaling Profile - Ingress Ip Attributes (EMA).

Passing Audio Codecs in SDP Offer

The SBC supports passing the list of received audio codecs in the SDP offer to PSX in the policy request. The SBC also passes the received audio codec information list as received in the ingress SDP to PSX in the policy request.

The SBC uses the modified calling number returned by the PSX in the policy response in formatting the egress call leg request. The P-CDR information is written onto the SBC accounting records, populating the “Egress External Accounting Data” field for STOP and ATTEMPT CDR records.

This feature is not applicable when the SBC is configured for ERE mode.

Late Media INVITE or Re-INVITE Support

Do not use deriveFromOtherLeg when configuring H.323 or SIP trunk groups to use INVITEs with no SDPs.

The sendAllAllowedCodecsForLateMediaInviteOrReInvite flag controls the handling of audio codecs that the SBC offers in response to a late media INVITE or Re-INVITE without SDP for transcoded calls.

  • When  this flag is disabled for transcoded calls (default behavior), the SBC offers the codec used for transcoding on the leg.
  • When the flag is enabled for transcoded calls, the SBC offers multiple codecs which include:
    • The subset of the codecs that the associated peer supports.
    • The transcoded codecs that the associated DSP channel supports. This includes the codec currently being used for transcoding.

For pass-through calls, the SBC always offers a subset of the codecs advertised by the associated peer. The SBC Offer codec list is classified as a subset because the list can be subjected to codec policy filters.

Example 1: G711 pass-through call

  1. Ingress Offer: G711, G729
  2. Egress Offer: G711, G729, AMR, G726
  3. Ingress Answer: G711
  4. Egress Answer: G711

If a re-INVITE with no SDP is received on egress, the SBC generates an offer for G711, G729. The G726 and AMR are not offered because the call is marked as a relay call with DSP removed, and hence the transcoded codecs.

Example 2: G711 to AMR transcoded call

  1. Ingress Offer: G711, G729
  2. Egress Offer: G711,G729, AMR, G726
  3. Egress Answer: AMR
  4. Ingress Answer: G711

If a re-INVITE with no SDP is received on egress, by default, the SBC generates an offer for AMR. If the “Send All Allowed Codecs For Late Media Invite Or Re-Invite” flag is enabled then the SBC generates a codec list of G711,G729, AMR, and G726 in the Offer.

Refer to Common IP Attributes - SIP - CLI or Common Ip Attributes - Flags (EMA) for configuration details.

Late Media Pass-through Calls over GW-GW

The SBC supports Late Media pass-through calls over GW-GW and also, handles Late Media (offer less) re-INVITE on either side. This functionality is supported when the flag lateMediaSupport is configured as passthru.

set addressContext <addressContex name> zone <zone name> sipTrunkGroup <sipTrunkGroup name> media lateMediaSupport passthru

When the flag lateMediaSupport is set as passthru, the Late Media INVITE/re-INVITE received on that leg is relayed to the other leg.


The SBC SWe Cloud does not support Late Media pass-through calls over GW-GW.

ANAT Support

Alternative Network Address Types (ANAT) semantics for the SDP grouping framework allows the expression of alternative network addresses (e.g. different IP versions) for a particular media stream. This ability is useful in environments with both IPv4-only hosts and IPv6-only hosts.

The SBC supports ANAT formatting within the SDP offer to facilitate both an IPv4 and IPv6 address types. In addition, the SBC allows a configured address type preference whereby the user can configure which IP version takes precedence when multiple IP version types are supported. If the SBC receives an ANAT offer and only a single IP version is supported on the received interface, that IP version is used regardless of the configured IP version type preference. Refer to SIP Trunk Group - Media - CLI or SIP Trunk Group - Media for configuration details.

ICE-Lite Support


Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) is a protocol for Network Address Translator (NAT) traversal for multimedia sessions established with the offer/answer model. ICE uses the Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN) protocol and its extension Traversal Using Relay NAT (TURN). ICE uses STUN and TURN servers to overcome network address translation issues that can occur when an endpoint is situated behind a NAT device. ICE solves the NAT issues for media streams. Support of the ICE specification is required by WebRTC (WRTC) endpoints.

The SBC is capable of acting as an ICE-Lite agent to allow the WRTC endpoints to connect to the existing VoIP network through the SBC using the DTLS-SRTP protocol. While acting as an ICE-Lite endpoint, the SBC interconnects with endpoints that have either ICE-Lite or full-ICE implementations. ICE-Lite is a lite version of the ICE protocol, which is defined to exchange media with each other. The interconnect with ICE-Lite end points is only for the purpose of IPv4 to IPv6 inter-working and no NAT traversal procedures are supported for ICE-Lite to ICE-Lite.

SBC implementation for ICE can be used with endpoints that are connected to the SBC through Sonus WRTC gateway and also WRTC endpoints connected from a third-party WRTC Gateway thereby presenting ICE in their SDP.

As SBC is not required to act as an ICE client (it is not located behind a NAT in current deployment models), the initial support for ICE is limited to the SBC acting as an ICE-Lite endpoint.

ICE-Lite key points:

STUN message processing:

    • Decoding received messages on media port
    • Validating the received messages
    • Authenticating the received messages
    • Encoding outgoing STUN Response messages and sending on allocated media port
    • Encrypting outgoing STUN as per the configured username/password

Reachable IP address:  an ICE-Lite agent has a reachable public IP address and can work with other agents that use ICE and are behind the NAT.

ICE-Lite Implementation

The ICE-Lite procedure starts with the offerer discovering all the IP port where it is reachable. These are known as local “candidates”. The “candidates” can be any or all of the following:

  • Host candidates (Local IP port)
  • Server Reflexive Candidates (External IP port allocated by NAT)
  • Relay candidates (IP port on a media relay)

STUN is used to discover the Server Reflexive and Peer reflexive addresses on the NAT and TURN is used to discover the Relay candidates on the TURN relay. After the local candidates are discovered, the offerer (Full ICE Agent) sends them in the session description protocol (SDP) offer to the remote endpoints. The remote end point (SBC) discovers its own local candidates (which are only host candidates) and sends in the answer SDP to the offerer.

Once the offer/answer exchange is completed, Full ICE Agent takes the role of ICE controlling agent and performs connectivity check between the candidate pairs (from local candidate to remote candidate) by sending the STUN messages. SBC acts as controlled agent and responds to the STUN requests. Based on the success/failure of the connectivity check, a candidate pair is selected by the controlling agent to exchange the media and it sends a connectivity check on the selected pair with USE-CANDIDATE attribute to let the controlled agent know about the selected pair. The connectivity check may lead to the discovery of new local candidates due to the presence of Restricted or Symmetric NAT. These local candidates are also included in the procedure and are known as “Peer Reflexive Addresses”. SBC being a controlled ICE-Lite agent cuts thru the media after receiving USE-CANDIDATE on all components of the media stream (for example, if RTP and RTCP are required for a stream then media is only cut-through when USE-CANDIDATE is received for both RTP and RTCP).

The controlling agent sends an updated offer by using the selected local candidate in the default IP port of the media line and controlled agent (SBC) respond by sending its local candidate in the default IP port of the media line to complete the ICE-Lite procedure. The Ice-lite procedure can be restarted by the Full ice agent using ICE Restart procedures, if the Media ports changed during a call.


Bundling of Streams

SBC supports bundling of various streams (audio/video) over the same IP/port pair using a SDP grouping framework extension named BUNDLE. The BUNDLE is used with the SDP OFFER/ANSWER mechanism to negotiate the usage of a single address:port combination (BUNDLE address) for receiving media (bundled media) associated with multiple SDP media streams ("m=" lines ). The address:port combination used for sending bundled media may be the same as the BUNDLE address, used to receive bundled media, depending on whether symmetric RTP is used. The sdpAttributesSelectiveRelay  flag must be enabled for bundling.

The SDP media-level attribute, "bundle-only", is parsed and used to identify that specific media is only used if bundled, and resides within a BUNDLE group. The "bundle-only" attribute is a property attribute with no value.

The SBC can accept a mixture of bundled and unbundled streams, but currently only single bundle is supported.

The use of a BUNDLE group and a BUNDLE address also allows the usage of a single set of Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) candidates for multiple "m=" lines.
If RTP/RTCP multiplexing is used, the same address:port combination is used for all RTP and RTCP packets.


The SBC accepts offers that express bundling with a single bundle. A bundle may have one or more streams.


  • A stream can be tagged as bundle-only and have a port set to 0.
  • The policers for the stream which represents the bundle reflect the total bandwidth for all streams within the bundle.
  • Only relay scenarios are supported, any inter-working causes the streams to unbundle.

Bundle Only

The SBC accepts offers that include bundled streams with the bundle-only attribute set.

  • Offers with "m=" lines tagged as bundle-only with the port set to 0.
  • Non-compliant offers which associate bundle-only with a non-zero port, the "m=" line is also accepted; the stream is treated as a bundle-only stream.
  • Media attributes received with a bundle-only stream offer are handled considering that the stream is present and output in the outbound offer. (media codecs, fmtp options)

Bundle Group

The bundling of streams is negotiated using the "a=group:BUNDLE" attribute at the session level:

  • The OFFER contains the BUNDLE attribute followed by a list of streams which are part of the BUNDLE.
  • The OFFER contains unique address:port combinations for each stream as the peer may not support bundling the streams.

If the peer is able to support the bundle:

  • The ANSWER contains the BUNDLE attribute.
  • The ANSWER contains the same address:port combination for all streams within the bundle.


The following is an example for OFFER and ANSWER mechanism.


o=alice 2890844526 2890844526 IN IP4
c=IN IP4 
t=0 0 
a=group:BUNDLE audio video 
m=audio 10000 RTP/AVP 0  
a=rtpmap:0 PCMU/8000 
a=extmap 1 urn:ietf:params:rtp-hdrext:sdes:mid 
m=video 10002 RTP/AVP 31 32
a=rtpmap:31 H261/90000
a=rtpmap:32 MPV/90000
a=extmap 1 urn:ietf:params:rtp-hdrext:sdes:mid 


o=bob 2808844564 2808844564 IN IP4 
c=IN IP4 
t=0 0 
a=group:BUNDLE audio video 
m=audio 20000 RTP/AVP 0  
a=rtpmap:0 PCMU/8000 
a=extmap 1 urn:ietf:params:rtp-hdrext:sdes:mid 
m=video 20000 RTP/AVP 32 
a=rtpmap:32 MPV/90000
a=extmap 1 urn:ietf:params:rtp-hdrext:sdes:mid 

Interactions with Security

Bundling is only allowed when security is configured to be relayed, and:

  • DTLS-SRTP (and DTLS-SCTP for data) is relayed.
  • SDES SRTP is relayed


  • Bundling can only be relayed and not inter-worked.
  • Configuration for LI or a call requiring transcoding, DTMF or security termination is unbundled.
  • Bundling is not supported over the GW protocol.

RTP and RTCP Multiplexing

The SBC allows relaying multiplexed RTP and RTCP traffic.

Within a BUNDLE group, the offerer and answerer must enable RTP/RTCP multiplexing for the RTP-based media associated with the BUNDLE group.

When RTP/RTCP multiplexing is enabled, the same address:port combination is used for sending all RTP and RTCP packets associated with the BUNDLE group.  Each endpoint sends the packets towards the BUNDLE address of the other endpoint. The same address:port combination may be used for receiving RTP and RTCP packets.

  • The SBC allows relay of multiplexed RTP and RTCP traffic only when the rtcp-mux is supported on both sides of the call.
  • The "a=rtcp-mux" attribute negotiates multiplexing when RTCP is enabled on both sides of the call.
  • The rtcp-mux attribute takes precedence over the "a=rtcp:" attribute when it has to accept SDPs from the peer.
  • When rtcp-mux is used within a bundle it must be enabled for all streams in a bundled or disabled for all.

Interactions with ICE

Using bundling of media streams and the support of RTCP multiplexing ensures that only a single ICE transaction on one port is required. This limits the occurrence of NAT traversal issues and reduces the time needed to establish a call.

For the OFFER:

  • The ICE data is unique for each stream.
  • A candidate is included for RTCP in the initial OFFER and for RTP.
  • A bundle-only "m=" line does not include ICE candidate or ufrag/pwd.

For the ANSWER:

  • The ICE data matches the chosen master stream.
  • A single ICE candidate line for the RTP component is only included.

RTCP Multiplexing to Non-RTCP Multiplexing Inter-working

The RTP contains two components:

  • a data transfer protocol and
  • an associated Real-time Control Protocol (RTCP).

With the increased use of Network Address Port Translation (NAPT), using separate UDP ports to transport RTP and RTCP has become problematic as maintaining multiple NAT bindings can be costly. To overcome these scenarios, the SBC supports RTP and RTCP flows on a single port to ease NAT traversal. This functionality is known as RTP and RTCP Multiplexing or RTCP-Mux.

Prior to 6.1.0 release, the SBC supported RTCP-Mux in pass-through scenarios where the SBC was relaying media end to end. This support was sufficient for some limited use cases, such as WRTC-to-WRTC call scenarios where the endpoints terminated media encryption with no need for the SBC to inter-work with any media attributes. 

The SBC Core is enhanced to support inter-working between RTCP-Mux to non-RTCP-Mux as well as in the reverse direction. In this scenario, both egress and ingress packet Service Profiles (PSPs) either support RTCP-Mux or fallback to transport RTP and RTCP streams using separate ports. The rtcpMux flag is added to the PSP to configure RTCP-Mux.When RTP interception is triggered on an RTCP-Mux call (for example, lawful intercept), the SBC forks the RTP and RTCP streams to a single port towards the mediation server. If the intercept is performed in an RTCP-Mux session, the stream sent towards the mediation server is also multiplexed with RTP and RTCP sent over the same port.The SBC supports RTCP-Mux for the following features/functionaltiy:

  • Multimedia calls
  • Monitoring calls
  • Both direct media and OMR call scenarios
  • DTLS and SRTP scenarios (irrespective of whether the encryption protocol terminates at the SBC or is relayed transparently end-to-end)
  • Multiplexing RTCP and inter-working with non-RTCP Mux for both pass-through (with or without "RTCP termination" enabled) and transcoded calls
  • Bundled streams for WRTC calls
  • Tones and Announcements
  • Using SRTP and SRTCP (This is supported in both the cases of SRTP pass-through and SRTP to RTP inter-working.)

RTCP bandwidth requirements do not change with the use of RTCP-Mux. The SBC transmits bandwidth attributes (RR/RS) as per the existing configuration.


The rtcpMux flag is visible only when the rtcp control is enabled on the PSP.


The following table describes the RTCP-Mux to non-RTCP-Mux inter-working scenarios for offer/answer:

Table : RTCP-Mux to non-RTCP-Mux Interworking

Inter-working ScenariosOffer from IngressOffer to EgressAnswer from EgressAnswer to IngressRTCP Flow Ingress Port(s)  Egress Port(s)

RTCP-Mux enabled on both PSPs








No Mux


No Mux



No Mux


No Mux


No Mux

No Mux


RTCP-Mux enabled on ingress only



No Mux

No Mux



No Mux

No Mux

No Mux

No Mux


RTCP-Mux enabled on egress only








No Mux 




No Mux

No Mux


No Mux



No Mux


No Mux


No Mux

No Mux


RTCP-Mux disabled on both PSPs



No Mux

No Mux

No Mux


No Mux

No Mux

No Mux

No Mux


In the offer, ““a=rtcp-mux”” is signaled in the SDP in all the media "m=" lines for which RTP/RTCP mux is required. If the answerer wishes to multiplex RTP and RTCP on a single port, it must generate an answer containing an "“a=rtcp-mux”" attribute for each media where it uses RTP and RTCP-Mux. If the answerer rejects the usage of RTP/RTCP-Mux, it must not associate an SDP "rtcp-mux" or SDP "rtcp" attribute in the answer. Based on the port number, the answerer uses the next higher (odd) destination port number for sending RTCP packets associated with the corresponding "m=" line towards the offerer.

RTCP-Mux to non-RTCP-Mux Inter-working for ICE Calls

When using ICE where RTP and RTCP are sent on separate ports, the SBC performs connectivity checks for each component. Some of these connectivity checks can be avoided by multiplexing RTP and RTCP on the same port, thus reducing the ICE overhead.

When the SBC offers the “a=rtcp-mux” attribute, it generates the offer that contains "a=candidate:" lines for both RTP and RTCP along with an "a=rtcp:" line (provided that the sendRtcpPortInSdp flag is enabled) to designate a fallback port for RTCP in case the answerer does not support RTP and RTCP-Mux. This response is performed for each media stream when RTP and RTCP-Mux is desired.


With an upgrade to SBC software supporting RTCP-Mux, an existing user running WRTC calls must enable the control rtcpMux on both the PSPs to maintain backward compatibility. This is required when the sessions transparently relay DTLS and RTCP-Mux attributes using DTLS-SRTP relay control (dtlsSrtpRelay) in the PSP and the flag sdpAttributesSelectiveRelay is enabled.

Once the RTCP-Mux is negotiated, the subsequent reINVITE(s) sent from the SBC to the same endpoint does not re-negotiate the RTCP-Mux. However, the RTCP-Mux is re-negotiated with the target endpoints for the redirect calls or for the call transfer. The RTCP-Mux is also negotiated on a per leg basis, when the endpoint triggers the negotiation or the SDP change includes an address change. Thus, the SBC never restarts ICE on its own and waits for the endpoint to trigger an ICE restart. If a new media stream is added in an existing session, ICE is negotiated on that stream. If the existing streams are updated for codec changes, ICE is not re-negotiated. The RTCP-Mux re-negotiation is consistent for the SBC both for the ICE and the non-ICE scenarios.


  • The SBC does not support pass-through for the rtcp-mux.

Asymmetric PRACK Inter-working

The SBC supports PRACK functionalities either on the ingress or on the egress leg. This enhancement is denoted by the phrase "Asymmetric PRACK Interworking". The flag sdp100relIwkForPrack supports Asymmetric PRACK Inter-working for the late media calls.

To configure PRACK on both the legs, enable the existing flag endToEndPrack. For more information on endToEndPrack, refer to Flags - CLI.

Supported Call Flow Scenarios:

The configurations for the existing flags associated with the flag sdp100relIwkForPrack, and the supported call flow scenarios, are summarized below:

Table : Parameter configurations for supported call flows

rel100Support flag on the ingress Trunk Grouprel100Support flag on the egress Trunk GrouplateMediaSupport flag on the ingress Trunk Groupsdp100relIwkForPrack flag on the egress Trunk GroupRelevant Call Flow Scenario
enableddisabled | enabledpassthruenabledScenario 1
enableddisabled | enabledconvertenabledScenario 2
disabledenabledpassthruenabledScenario 3

For more information on the existing flags lateMediaSupport and rel100Support, refer to the following pages:


Scenario 1: When PRACK is supported only on the ingress leg of the call, and the lateMediaSupport flag is set to passthru

Figure : Asymmetric PRACK Interworking - Supported Call Flow Scenario 1


Scenario 2: When PRACK is supported only on the ingress leg of the call, and the lateMediaSupport flag is set to convert

Figure : Asymmetric PRACK Interworking - Supported Call Flow Scenario 2


Scenario 3: When PRACK is supported only on the egress leg of the call, and the lateMediaSupport flag is set to passthru

Figure : Asymmetric PRACK Interworking - Supported Call Flow Scenario 3