Considerable success at ETSI mission critical broadband trials


The fourth ETSI MCX Plugtests – which took place at the end of September in Finland – saw a 95 per cent success rate in the validation of 3GPP mission critical services vendor interoperability. ‘MCX’ stands collectively for MCPTT, MCVideo and MCData services.

Participants in the latest round of trials included both vendors and ‘observers.’ The former were represented by the likes of Airbus, Bittium, Huawei, Motorola and many more, while the latter included international organisations such as ASTRID,Erillisverkot, and the French Ministry of Interior, amongst others.  
The five-day tests were based on 3GPP Release 14, with more than 1800 taking place between different vendors over the course of around 210 sessions. As part of the event observers created test scenarios, which will be added to the Test Specification ETSI TS 103 564, and published in the coming weeks following ETSI committee TCCE approval.
Alongside MCX application servers and clients, the testing also included devices, LTE networks with eNBs, EPC (evolved packet core), IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) and eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast multicast services) components. There was also testing of floor control, affiliation, mission critical bearers handling, multicast, and server-to-server communication.
The preparations for the fourth Plugtests started in April of this year, followed by remote testing over the summer. They were organised by ETSI in partnership with Erillisverkot, with the support of TCCA and the European Commission.


Philip Mason
Editor, Critical Communications Portfolio
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