Small Cell LTE Plugfest 2016

The Small Cell Forum, in partnership with ETSI, is organizing the Small Cell LTE Plugfest 2016 from 27 June to 08 July 2016, hosted by the Telecom Italia Lab in Naples, Italy.

Small Cell LTE Plugfest 2016


The 4th Small Cell LTE Plugfest will offer on-site and remote test sessions where vendors will be able to assess the level of interoperability of their implementations and verify the correct interpretation of 3GPP and other base specifications.

Telecom Italia as an organising lab is inviting companies to use the opportunity and connect LAA/LWA products to their macro network.
Companies interested in test sessions with any of the following equipment are invited to participate:

  • Any Small Cell variation: HeNBs, pico-Cells, micro-Cells…
  • SON solution providers
  • Home eNodeB Gateway (HeNB-GW)
  • HeMS vendors
  • Evolved Packet Core (ePC)
  • Operator observers

Vendors that connect their equipment remotely to the Plugfest are requested to send at least one representative on site during the entire event for communication and logistical purposes.
The Plugfest will allow to validate Small Cell interoperability for the following features:

  • SON:

    - Interference management/Self configuration
    - Small cell / macro network interaction - ICIC
    - Improvements of the previous plugfest features

  • Regression tests: S1, X2 and management interfaces (TR-069/TR-196) and areas such as Security, Mobility (Outbound, Inbound), Voice support via CS Fall-back schemes, Voice and Video over LTE, LIPA/SIPTO, CSG, Carrier aggregation, Location reporting and CMAS

This activity is supported by the European Commission.



All participants must register for the event. Companies registered shall have at least one person on site during the event. Participants must contribute equipment for testing. The registration deadline is 29 April 2016.

The event is free of charge and attendees are responsible for all other associated costs (travel, meals, etc.).


All participating companies must sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that they will receive upon registration. Companies will not be allowed to participate to the event if the NDA has not been signed. The deadline to return the signed NDAs to ETSI is 29 April 2016.

This activity is supported by the European Commission.


By air

Capodichino International Airport is about 4km from the LAB.


The approximate price for a taxi from the airport to the LAB is 15-20 EUR.

By Train

The hotel is within 1 km from Piazza Garibaldi railway station (15 minutes walking distance). You can book your train ticket via TrenItalia.


The Telecom Italia LAB is reachable by Metro from the city Center (Metro station: Centro Direzionale) by using the lines Circumvesuvia EAV then change at Garibaldi and take the line 1 (Yellow) or the line 2 (Trenitalia).

Please see here the Metro plan. Price: 1€/ride, 4.5€/Day, 12€/Week.

Napoli City Center

The city centre is 2 km from the LAB, which is also within 1 km from Piazza Garibaldi railway station, the main highways and the city ring road (exit number 4 Corso Malta).


Should you require an official invitation letter for your visa, please make sure to send your request to

This activity is supported by the European Commission.


The following hotel is close to the Telecom Italia Lab:

  • Holiday Inn 
    Centro Direzionale
    Isola E6
    Via Aulisio
    80143 Napoli, Italy
    Tel: +39 081 225 0111

A negotiated rate is proposed to the participants: Double room for single use, per night € 88,00 - Double room, per night  € 98,00

To beneficiate from this rate, please call the above phone number and mention the name of the event:"Small Cell LTE Plugfest 2016-Telecom".

The following Hotel is in the city center and from there the Lab is easy to reach via the Metro line 1:

A negotiated rate is proposed to the participants: Double room for single use, per night € 90,00

To beneficiate from this rate, please refer to this booking with the following key word: "PLUGTESTS - NAPLES 2016"

The above rates are inclusive VAT ( Room 10.00%, Breakfast 10,00%). Rates are exclusive of the city tax of € 3,00 per person per night for stays 1 to 10 consecutive nights.


Blog for Small Cell LTE Plugfest

The direct link to refer to this blog is

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Testing Sessions

Fruitful ongoing testing sessions between participating companies.

Group picture

Group picture of all Small Cell LTE Plugfest 2016 participants.

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Multicell Testbed

This is a Multi-Cell testbed for Mobility and SON testing.

RF testing room

A RF testing room with shielded boxes and programmable attenuators is also available for the participating companies.

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GPS Antenna Installation

The participating companies are setting up their technical equipment so that the Plugfest can start.

One GPS antenna was installed to give accurate 1PPS timing synchronisation for the eNodeB.

ETSI Welcome presentation

The event has now officially started with the welcome presentation provided by the ETSI team.


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