3G Testing

Overview

Mobile terminals require global interoperability and roaming within 2G and 3G networks. Through practical experience 3GPP has decided that the most efficient and cost-effective way (indeed, the only manageable way) to reach this goal is to create a certification system for mobile terminals.

A certified mobile is tested to an agreed and continuously updated set of test cases. All test cases are developed, maintained and delivered by 3GPPTM and validated by a certification agreement group, such as the Global Certification Forum (GCF) or the Personal Communication System Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB). The agreement group has the responsibility to ensure that each test case is performed on a range of commercially-available test equipment, providing compatibility between test facilities - whether in-house or third party.

The mobile test industry has chosen ETSI's Centre for Testing and Interoperability (CTI) to develop and provide the continuously updated 3GPPTM test suites. 3GPPTM participants have committed themselves to this for the long term and maintain a budget of about 90 man-months per year for this task. Two thirds of the budget is provided through 3GPPTM funding, the remaining one third being provided by the individual 3GPPTM companies as a voluntary contribution, free-of-charge.  The funding supports a Specialist Task Force (STF) on a continuous basis. The STF is responsible for both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) technologies. 14 experts are working in the team, led and managed by ETSI's CTI. To date, the task force has developed 13 test suites containing 650 test cases for FDD and another 450 for TDD. These test suites are maintained and delivered every three weeks and are deployed by GCF, PTCRB and the TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance (TDIA) for the mobile terminal certifications.
The ETSI/3GPPTM experience has been that this level of conformance testing guarantees interoperability of terminals over the radio interface.

Standards

The following is a list of the latest published ETSI standards on 3G testing.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 136 509 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC); Special conformance testing functions for User Equipment (UE) (3GPP TS 36.509 version 12.4.0 Release 12)
TS 136 509 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC); Special conformance testing functions for User Equipment (UE) (3GPP TS 36.509 version 13.0.0 Release 13)
TS 136 141 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.141 version 12.12.0 Release 12)
TS 136 141 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.141 version 13.4.0 Release 13)
TS 136 521-1 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 1: Conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-1 version 13.2.0 Release 13)
TS 136 521-3 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 3: Radio Resource Management (RRM) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-3 version 12.10.0 Release 12)
TS 134 108 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Common test environments for User Equipment (UE); Conformance testing (3GPP TS 34.108 version 12.2.0 Release 12)
TS 125 141 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (FDD) (3GPP TS 25.141 version 12.9.0 Release 12)
TS 125 141 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (FDD) (3GPP TS 25.141 version 13.3.0 Release 13)
TS 125 142 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (TDD) (3GPP TS 25.142 version 13.1.0 Release 13)
TS 137 141 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE; Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 37.141 version 12.11.0 Release 12)
TS 137 141 Digital cellular telecommunications system (Phase 2+) (GSM); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; E-UTRA, UTRA and GSM/EDGE; Multi-Standard Radio (MSR) Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 37.141 version 13.3.0 Release 13)
TS 136 521-3 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 3: Radio Resource Management (RRM) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-3 version 12.9.0 Release 12)
TS 136 521-1 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 1: Conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-1 version 13.1.0 Release 13)
TS 136 508 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC); Common test environments for User Equipment (UE) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.508 version 12.9.0 Release 12)
TS 136 141 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.141 version 11.15.0 Release 11)
TS 136 141 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.141 version 12.11.0 Release 12)
TS 136 141 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); Base Station (BS) conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.141 version 13.3.0 Release 13)
TS 136 509 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC); Special conformance testing functions for User Equipment (UE) (3GPP TS 36.509 version 12.3.0 Release 12)
TS 136 521-1 LTE; Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA); User Equipment (UE) conformance specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 1: Conformance testing (3GPP TS 36.521-1 version 12.9.0 Release 12)