3rd WiMAX Plugfest

Event Description

The idea of group tests or more formerly known as a Plugfest is one of several venues used by numerous technology consortiums.  The venue is a means for providing vendors the opportunity to address potential ambiguities and improve the testing scenarios and capabilities in a technology standard.

The 3rd WiMAX Plugfest is a one week long event hosted at ETSI carried out to primarily validate and verify the interoperability of a vendor's equipment with other vendor's equipment.  A vendor is considered to be interoperable once they have demonstrated that their hardware is able to send and receive packets of data and signalling with two other vendors involving base stations and subscriber stations for a selected certification profile.  Before the Plugfest venue takes place, participating vendors must agree on a set of RF/PHY characteristics within a given certification profile. 

In all instances, a minimum of 3 vendors must be available to conduct interoperability testing in a certification profile.  Ideally, a minimum of 5 to 6 vendors to execute the planning of a WiMAX Plugfest are required.
The key objectives and benefits of a Plugfest are:

  • Identify differing standards interpretations
  • Identify interoperability problems
  • Encourage open and unambiguous technical discussions
  • Prepare a vendor to submit their products for formal certification testing
  • Continuously improve the quality of interoperability testing to ensure a viable WiMAX Certification process

Date and Location

12 - 19 March 2006 - ETSI Headquarters

Number of participants and companies

35 Participants in the following categories

  • Participating Vendors: Airspan Networks Inc., Axxcelera Broadband Wireless, Delta Networks Inc., MITAC, Picochip Inc, Proxim Wireless, Redline Communications, Sequans Communications, Vcom Inc., and Wavesat Inc.
  • Participating Test Tool Vendors: Invenova Co.
  • Participating Observer: Bechtel Communications
  • Hosts and collaborators: Cetecom, ETSI & the WiMAX Forum