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MCPTT tests to be hosted by TAMU, Texas

February 16, 2018

News published by Mission Critical Communications

The second MCPTT Plugtests event will be hosted by Texas A&M University (TAMU) June 25 – 29 in College Station, Texas, USA. The goal of the MCPTT Plugtests event is to validate the interoperability of different mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) implementations on the market using different scenarios and test cases.

MCPTT was specified in 3GPP Release 13. 3GPP Release 14 added mission-critical data (MCData) and mission-critical video (MCVideo).

Interoperability and mission-critical service harmonization are critical challenges to be taken into account for the successful deployment and operation of mission-critical communications. The interoperability of MCPTT, MCData and MCVideo products and services has not been previously tested in the U.S.


Video - 3GPP MC progress and TCCA partnership

February 5, 2018

Our latest video features Tero Pesonen, Chairman, TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group and Adrian Scrase, ETSI CTO.

It tracks the progress made via 3GPP Rel-13, Rel-14 and Rel-15 features for Mission Critical Services.

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5G device certification

January 26, 2018

The Global Certification Forum issued a press release this week, about their initial certification work for 5G devices based on 3GPP Release 15 specifications – for both Non-Stand Alone and Stand Alone 5G NR operation.

The news release details how GCF 5G conformance testing will draw on test cases defined by 3GPP’s RAN5 Working Group, with a new “umbrella Work Item” established to oversee the various areas for which conformance test cases are needed, such as radio reception, transmission and performance; radio resource management (RRM); positioning; radio access protocols; core network protocols and IMS protocols.


BIF to Partner 3GPP

January 22, 2018

The Broadband India Forum (BIF) has been formally approved as a Market Representation Partner (MRP) in 3GPP, with immediate effect.

According to the BIF President, T.V. Ramachandran, the Forum will bring Indian market requirements for services, features and functionality to 3GPP. In a letter to the 3GPP Coordination Group (PCG) he outlined the BIF’s mission to support and enhance all policy, regulatory & standards initiatives for the proliferation of broadband in India.


News from our Partners

November 23, 2017

gsa stat2A sweep of the 3GPP Market Representation Partner's web sites reveals important papers and reports on 5G. Here are some of the most eye catching deliverables:

The GSA’s Evolution from LTE to 5G study was updated in October. It looks at mobile markets worldwide, with details of deployments “across a variety of technology innovations and spectrum bands”.

Some of the key facts expanded on in the study relate to the:

  • 644 LTE networks in 200 countries
  • 212 LTE-Advanced networks in 105 countries
  • 60 NB-IoT and 21 LTE-M/Cat-M1 networks planned or being trialled
  • 103 operators investing in 5G

Look out for the next edition of the GSA “Evolution from LTE to 5G” study, to be published in January 2018.


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