34 Vendors to Participate in MCX Plugtests Interoperability Event
Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Comments

The European Telecommunications Systems Institute (ETSI) announced the list of participants for the fourth MCX Plugtests event, which will take place 23 – 27 September at the Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Finland.

ETSI, in partnership with ERILLISVERKOT State Security Networks Group Finland, and with support from TCCA and the European Commission, organized the event. The Fourth Plugtests will focus on tests with radio equipment — eNodeBs, user equipment (UE) and evolved packet cores (EPCs) — with unicast and multicast support but will also allow over-the-top testing of mission-critical servers and clients.

The concepts of mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT), mission-critical data (MCData) and mission-critical video (MCVideo) are specified in Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Releases 13, 14 and 15 standards.

The vendor participants include Airbus DS, AINA Wireless, Alea, Armour Communications, Athonet, Bittium, Cubic, Ecom Instruments, Ericsson, Etelm, Expway, Frequentis, Funkwerk Systems, Genaker, Havelsan, Huawei Technologies, IIT Bombay, Kontron Transportation (formerly Kapsch CarrierCom), L3Harris Technologies, Leonardo, MCOP-University of the Basque Country, Motorola Solutions U.K., Nemergent Solutions, NG-Voice, one2many, Polaris Networks, PRESCOM, Samsung Electronics, Softil, Sonim Technologies, StreamWide, TASSTA, TD Tech and valid8.

Observers of the event include A.S.T.R.I.D., Austin Wireless, DGGN - French Ministry of Interior, Global Certification Forum (GCF), the U.S. Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR), Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Telco Authority, Savonia University, SMIT, Suomen virveverkko, TCCA, the National Police of the Netherlands and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB).

The purpose and scope of the MCX Plugtests events are to trial independently and jointly all components of the mission-critical communications chain. The objective is to validate the interoperability of a variety of implementations using different scenarios based on 3GPP mission-critical services in Release 14.

It will also help validate the 3GPP standards, provide a platform for vendors to test their implementation and products against each other, and ultimately achieve a single, interoperable, global standard. The MCX Plugtests are the first independent evaluations of public-safety and mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) features and the interoperability of MCX products and services. Test cases will be based on the ETSI TS 103 564.

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