First Remote Mission-Critical Broadband Interoperability Event Kicks Off
Monday, December 03, 2018 | Comments

The first remote mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event begins Dec. 3 and runs through end-January.

The third Plugtests event, now called MCX Plugtests to incorporate mission-critical data (MCData) and mission-critical video (MCVideo) as well as MCPTT interoperability testing, follows two in-person events, the first in June 2017 and the second in June 2018.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) organizes the series with support from TCCA and the European Commission.

The remote-only event will enable vendors to connect via virtual private network (VPN) with the Hub for Interoperability and Validation at ETSI (HIVE) and test their mission-critical implementations with each other. Based on Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Long Term Evolution (LTE) Release 14 technical specifications and the ETSI TS 103 564 test specification, which was developed by ETSI during the first two plugtests, 100 test cases will be used for the remote event. The MCX Plugtests program includes comprehensive testing of MCPTT, MCData and MCVideo, including untested test cases from the first two Plugtests.

Plugtests ensure interoperability between implementations and standard compliance, help to validate the standards, and accelerate the time to market for mission-critical products. Only standard-based solutions ensure true interoperability, an ETSI statement said.

“TCCA works closely with ETSI to support the mission-critical community, and the Plugtests give vendors an early opportunity to check the standards-compliance and interoperability of their MCPTT, MCData and MCVideo implementations,” said TCCA Chief Executive Tony Gray. “Through these plugtests, the vendor, standards development and ultimately user communities all gain knowledge, experience and confidence in 3GPP MCX features and services. Only standards-compliance ensures full interoperability, and the Plugtests help to ensure this.”

Participating vendors include Alea, Armour Communications, Athonet, Beijing Jiaxun Feihong Electrical, Enensys Technologies, Etelm, Expway, Frequentis, Funkwerk Systems, Harris, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Kapsch CarrierCom, Leonardo, MCOP-University of the Basque Country, Motorola Solutions, Nemergent Solutions, Nokia, Polaris Networks, Prescom, Samsung Electronics, Softil, Sonim Technologies, Streamwide, TASSTA, Telo Systems, and ZTE Caltta.

Polaris Networks announced it will offer its MCX Tester for testing the functions and features of the mission-critical communications server from various vendors participating at the event. Polaris is also offering its production core for vendors willing to test a mission-critical network with a mission-critical-network-ready evolved packet core (EPC).

The Public Safety Technology Alliance (PSTA) and Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) also endorsed the event.

The next MCX Plugtests event, which will again be a face-to-face event, is planned for June 2019. The June 2018 Plugtests event, held in College Station, Texas, USA, found a 92 percent success rate.

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