6th SIM/HANDSET Plugtests

The wireless Handset Industry is increasingly prolific, with an amazing variety of terminals issued yearly.
The end user is used to an impressive quality of service with his favourite handset allowing him to be reachable everywhere and to access to his favourite contents in a few seconds.
Therefore with the advent of WEB 2.0, Handset Manufacturers must face the technical challenge to give access to an enriched variety of mobile services while still fulfilling the basic user expectations in terms of weight, size and autonomy.
Within the same dimension of a classical GSM phone, multimedia phones are now able to offer nearly the same services as a notebook. When connected to a broadband radio access such as GSM/UTRAN, WLAN, and soon Wimax: the user has access to multimedia contents, email application, instant messaging and ... voice.

In addition, these multimedia phones will soon offer new proximity services like access to public transportation, payment or peer-to-peer exchange of data through local connectivity like Bluetooth, NFC, for the same battery stand-by and talk time as before.

Similarly, the (U)SIM card is evolving to integrate technical evolutions and will play a role in this ecosystem: multimedia content storage, direct access to Internet services via dedicated interfaces and new means of transactions like transport, micro-payment using contactless. On the size of a classical 'plug-in'SIM can now embed high-end processors, GPS chips, IP stacks, and huge memory sizes up to several hundreds of megabytes.. After two years of discussion, the ETSI-SCP has selected for the UICC a high-speed protocol based on USB at the vote on 20th November 2006 thus removing the bottleneck of the communication pipe.

Therefore (U)SIM / Mobile interoperability testing is crucial to maintain quality of service along with these technical evolutions.
The Plugtests™ is 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.

The event was twofold:

Workshop #1 on (U)SIM / (U)SAT interoperability

  • Low level tests (PPS, TA1=96-97, voltage selection, T=1, Null procedure bytes...)
  • GSM/3G cards, Multiple USIMs: card Profiles testing / Handsets capabilities and corresponding test tools
  • 3G Phonebook testing (ex: ANR, SNE, email, grouping, extended phonebook set to 1000+ entries)
  • PKCS#15, WIM structure parsing
  • (U)SIM new features from Rel-4 up to Rel-7
  • (U)SIM Toolkit New features from R99 up to Rel-7
  • JSR#177 testing (APDU)
  • Handset change of WAP, email, GPRS settings (device management via CP or DM in the card)

Workshop #2 on Fast Data Transfer over IP (CAT-TP)
The SIMalliance proposED a special workshop with a 3-party test program involving card, mobile, real life or simulated infrastructure for (U)SIM access Over The Air, based on a packet data connection and using CAT-TP.

  • Operators/ Server Providers were invited to test the interoperability of their server to different card types during tests representing real-life conditions.
  • Card manufacturers tested their interoperability with different OTA platforms.