5th SIM / Mobile Plugtests

Event Description

The wireless Handset Manufacturers have become increasingly productive, with an amazing variety of GSM Terminals issued yearly.
Furthermore, with the 3G networks deployed worldwide, more and more Multimedia Handsets from the third generation (3G) are deployed in the field. The end user is used to an impressive quality of service with his favourite handset which fits in his hand, allowing him to be reachable everywhere, and with a reasonable level of battery autonomy.
Therefore with the 3G and its multimedia offer, Handset Manufacturers must face the technical challenge to give access to an enriched variety of services and still fulfil the basic user expectations in terms of weight, size versus autonomy.
Now for the same dimensions as the classical GSM phones, multimedia phones can integrate such radio technologies as GSM, UTRAN, Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, the latest colour screen, the most recent video and audio players, huge memory for MP3 music or personal videos with the same battery stand-by and talk time as before.
Even if it is not mainly perceived by the end user, the SIM card also follows big technological evolutions and still plays an essential role in these new networks & terminals and new service deployments.
This is why on the same old SIM piece of plastic are now embedded high end processors and big memory sizes for the new generations of (U)SIMs that allow subscriber authentication for dual mode GSM / 3G services continuity, fast (U)SIM data downloads in GPRS, interactivity with the Handset Java applications, bigger memory size for phonebook. without affecting handset power consumption.
Therefore USIM / Mobile interoperability testing is crucial to maintain quality of service along with these technical evolutions.
The Plugtests was a unique technical session where all the actors of Mobile phones and smartcard industry could evaluate their mutual compatibility on new features introduction prior to commercial launch, and therefore reduce risks associated to mass deployment.

 Several Interoperability Test Sessions took place:

  • Toolkit  offline (ex : icons, UCS2, Refresh) (Specs: 3GPP TS 11.10-4 + 3GPP TS 31.124)
  • Toolkit  online (ex: Launch Browser or Call Control via real-life subscriptions or NW simulator) (Specs 3GPP TS 11.10-4 + 3GPP TS 31.124)
  •  End-to-end BIP (RAM, RFM in real-life conditions with a server in UDP/CAT-TP, a packet connexion, and a selection of  BIP test applets in the USIM) (Specs 3GPP TS 11.10-4 + 3GPP TS 31.124)
  • SATSA - JSR#177 Handsets (tests of APDU packages with the Simalliance tool & test suite)
  • UICC & low level (USIM boot, 3G Phonebook, multiple USIMs, the ISIM for IMS networks, TA1=97, T=1, Null Procedure bytes, Speed enhancement & protocol switch, 1.8V/3V voltage switching) (Specs: 3GPP TS 31.121, 3GPP TS 31.122, ETSI TS 102 230)

The SIMalliance SIM-Handset workgroup members allowed for tests with a first version of the SIMAlizer tool on the following items:

  • PPS switching, voltage selection
  • A selection of SIM Toolkit Tests
  • SATSA Tests on the APDU package  

Date and Location 

18-20 January 2006, ETSI, Sophia Antipolis, France