92% Success Rate at Second MCPTT Plugtests Event
Thursday, July 05, 2018 | Comments

The second European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) Plugtests attracted 31 vendors with 120 participants on site, plus support from remote labs. Observers from nine organizations based in France, the United Kingdom and the United States witnessed the execution of more than 2,000 tests, based on a test plan with more than 100 test cases, with a 92 percent success rate.

The weeklong event tested more than 300 combinations of vendors and equipment based on Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14.

A full report and the test specification will be made publicly available on the ETSI website in the future. The newly added MCPTT Plugtests test scenarios will go through ETSI Technical Committee TETRA and Critical Communications Evolution (TCCE) for approval and will become part of ETSI TS 103 564.

“During this second MCPTT Plugtests, the vendors could test their 3GPP Release 14 implementations including MCData and MCVideo with each other,” said Saurav Arora, ETSI MCPTT Plugtests manager. “The observations from the testing have been collected and 3GPP-related observations will be fed back to the appropriate 3GPP working groups for correction or clarification of the 3GPP specifications.”

Building on the first MCPTT Plugtests in June 2017, this is the first of the series to evaluate public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) and the interoperability of MCPTT products and services outside Europe, and the first in the world to run tests to evaluate mission-critical data (MCData) and mission-critical video (MCVideo). The goal is to validate the 3GPP standards, provide a platform for vendors to test their implementation and products, and ultimately achieve a single, interoperable, global standard.

“This event shows how productive the relatively small critical communications industry can be when it collaborates and works together towards a common goal,” said Harald Ludwig, chair of TCCA’s Technical Forum. “It is essential that exhaustive tests are conducted to ensure the end user can completely rely on their equipment in a crisis situation.”

The Texas A&M University (TAMU) Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC) at the Disaster City in College Station, Texas, hosted the 2018 MCPTT Plugtests. The event was organized by ETSI and supported by TCCA, National Institute for Standards and Testing (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR), the Public Safety Technology Alliance (PSTA) and the European Commission.

Planning for the next MCX Plugtests — “X” stands for PTT, video and data — is under way – details will be posted in due course.

The following organizations participated in the event.

MCPTT Application Servers: Airbus, Alea, Cisco, Ericsson, Genaker, Frequentis (participating AS integrated in control room), Harris, Huawei, Hytera Communications, Kapsch CarrierCom, Leonardo, Motorola Solutions, Nemergent, Nokia, StreamWIDE, TASSTA and TD Tech
MCVideo Application Servers: Alea, Ericsson, Genaker, Harris, Hytera, Nemergent and StreamWIDE
MCData Application Servers: Airbus, Alea, Ericsson, Genaker, Harris, Hytera, Kapsch CarrierCom, Leonardo, Motorola Solutions and Nemergent
MCPTT Clients: Airbus, Alea, Armour Communications, Etelm, Funkwerk, Genaker, Harris, Huawei, Hytera, Kapsch CarrierCom, Leonardo, Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP), Nemergent, Nokia, Prescom, Softil, Sonim, TASSTA, TD Tech and Valid8
MCVideo Clients: Alea, Funkwerk, Genaker, Harris, Hytera, Nemergent, Nokia and Softil
MCData Clients: Airbus, Alea, Etelm, Genaker, Harris, Hytera, Leonardo and Softil
Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) Components: Athonet, Expway, ENENSYS Technologies, Huawei and one2many
LTE Network Components: Athonet, Ericsson and Expway
User Equipment: Airbus, Bittium, Funkwerk, Huawei, Sonim and TD Tech
IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS): Athonet
Audio Quality Tester: Spirent
Observers: AT&T, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), French Ministry of Interior, TCCA, Southern Linc Wireless, U.K. Home Office and Verizon Wireless

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was not an observer but was invited by TAMU, an ETSI spokeswoman said. 

“We were pleased to attend and observe the MCPTT Plugtests," a FirstNet spokeswoman said. "It is great to see the increased global interest in pursuing standards for mission-critical services. The FirstNet Authority looks forward to continuing to represent public safety’s interest within forums like this plugtest and international standards bodies.”

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