Motorola Second Vendor to Complete Phase 1 Testing on PSCR Broadband Demo Network (1/12/12)
Thursday, January 12, 2012 | Comments

Motorola Solutions announced it successfully completed all sections of the first phase of the Public Safety Communications Research Program (PSCR) Long Term Evolution (LTE) demonstration network test plan in Boulder, Colo. Motorola completed basic functionality testing of its public-safety LTE solution at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) facility.

Alcatel-Lucent completed phase one testing last year and was the first vendor to supply equipment to the program.

Motorola announced the first commercial release of standards-based LTE technology to public safety, with shipments beginning Nov. 11. As Motorola continues to deploy LTE networks nationwide, participation with PSCR in its testing of Public Safety LTE equipment will continue as prescribed by the FCC to help ensure interoperability between various LTE deployments using the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) block of spectrum.

As part of the PSCR/NIST phase one testing, Motorola completed the physical layer, messaging/protocol, application and performance basic functionality testing. Motorola supplied LTE infrastructure equipment, user devices and public-safety applications to validate proper operation of the system.

Two additional testing phases remain: phase two system and node level testing, and phase three advanced features, conformance, interoperability and roaming testing. Phase two includes two parts, and Alcatel-Lucent has completed phase 2 part one, said Emil Olbrich, PSCR lead project engineer for the public-safety broadband network.

Motorola is installing a public-safety LTE core now and integrating other necessary equipment at the NIST Colorado facility in early 2012 to facilitate optimal phase two and three testing. By February, it is expected that phase two testing will commence for a detailed determination of the performance of LTE equipment submitted in the PSCR demonstration project. Focus areas include stress testing of the network and extensive performance, messaging/protocol and application testing.

“We are working on development of interoperability testing for both the infrastructure and user devices — this is phase three testing,” Olbrich said. “We are also always interested in new device vendors for band 14 public-safety LTE.” In full support of the PSCR initiatives, Motorola plans to enter phase three testing upon completion and documentation of phase two testing.

“Our LTE momentum continues in 2012 as we engage in the next test phases and further illustrate Motorola Solutions’ dedication to providing standards-based and thoroughly tested interoperable solutions supporting the applications and devices our public-safety customers need in every situation,” said Bob Verbiscer, director, private broadband engineering, Motorola Solutions.

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