Motorola to Trial MCPTT in Australia in Early 2019
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | Comments

Motorola Solutions plans mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) trials on commercial networks in Australia early in 2019.

Australia has not awarded dedicated spectrum for public-safety mobile broadband, so the commercial user trials will be conducted on mobile carrier networks, although Motorola declined to provide details on the locations, networks or user groups participating.

“Basically, we provide the software solution and make the product capability available, enabling our customers to then partner with carriers to roll out the solution,” said a Motorola spokesman. “To achieve functionality such as priority and QoS (quality of service), any solution must be integrated to a carrier or private network. However, we cannot speak on behalf of carriers on whether their networks meet mission-critical standards.”

The company last week demonstrated MCPTT features compliant with Release 13 of the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards. Those features supporting the standard as defined include emergency alert and call features, as well as ambient listening mode to enable control rooms to securely listen to field workers' environments, the spokesman said.

Motorola participated in the June MCPTT Plugtests event sponsored by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and TCCA. The Australian trials will be similar to the commercial capabilities used in the United States, the spokesman said.

Earlier this month, Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Telco Authority announced a request for proposals (RFP) for a proof of concept for a national public-safety mobile broadband (PSMB) capability.

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On 12/4/18, Ben Cosier said:
This article is ambiguous as to what MCPTT means and whether or not it really is mission-critical push to talk (PTT) or something they are labelling MCPTT, which as Andy Seybold so aptly calls it, is really not quite mission-criticall PTT over Long Term Evolution (LTE).

The term MCPTT is still misleading — even today after a number of years work toward a truly mission-critical standard.

The article correctly points out ... "we cannot speak on behalf of carriers on whether their networks meet mission-critical standards" ... while at the same time implying the testing is for a mission-critical solution.

I would like to see more detail. To me and I'm sure many firefighters, police and other first responders, no solution will be truly mission-critical until it includes direct mode or simplex communications for ultimate fallback in the case of a complete network outage.

Editor's Note: You make some excellent points. We are not positive about the specifics of the MCPTT solution; we only have the information provided by the vendor. We will continue to follow the trials and attempt to get more information. In the meantime, check out our article on direct mode over LTE in our latest issue of RadioResource International at http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/RadioResourceArchive/default.aspx Page 23.


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