Yes, this is a lazy post. As the year draws to a close I was asked to put together a list of the most popular posts of the year.
Of the posts written this, year, there’s been a lot for people who build and work on networks to make their lives easier and their workflows more efficient.
For builders of networks, the series Diameter Routing Agents, why you need them and how to build them is something I’m really happy with, and we started our series on CGrateS the amazingly complete and feature filled OCS / Billing engine, it is a hard slog to learn, but the payoff is worth it, and we’ll continue to build on in 2023.
For skills every engineer should have, the Filtering for 3GPP DNS in Wireshark will make debugging issues with SRV records, NAPTR and IMS easier.
If you’re looking for free tools to help your workflow in the cellular space, Scratch’n’nSniff makes remote packet captures a breeze, and our Remote Handset Tester allows us to test mobile phones inside our network from anywhere on the planet.
The most popular posts this year weren’t actually from this year, this time last year I posted the Evolved Packet Core Analysis Challenge – The Skill-tester / Claw Machine of the Telecom world, test your EPC knowhow and skills!
As more and more readers are starting to work with 5GC this past year, My first 5G Core: Open5Gs and UERANSIM has been very popular as folks dip a toe in the water with 5GC.
As people are faced with the idea of actually implementing 5G standalone, SUCIs an SUPIs are something people are looking to understand, and see how this plays on the auth side, USIM Authentication in 5G/NR has been referenced a lot, along with the confidentiality algorithms used in 3GPP networks.
As people are introduced to the NRF, the post “If you like Pina Coladas, and service the control plane – Intro to NRF in 5GC” has also seen a lot of traffic.
On a personal notes, it looks like I finished every book in my reading list (Except Girdle Round the Earth that’s still on my bedside table), I did take a break from writing around the middle of the year, but weekly ish posts are coming back.