Small Cell LTE Remote Plugfest 2015

The Small Cell Forum, in partnership with ETSI, has organised the first Small Cell LTE Remote Plugfest from 13 to 24 April 2015.

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From all over the world including Europe, Asia and North America, companies connected their equipment to the remote test infrastructure and tested their solutions from their own labs.

The Small Cell LTE Plugfest series aims to drive a multivendor ecosystem by detecting and resolving gaps and ambiguities in standards, while at the same time helping to debug vendor implementations. This helps provide operators and end users with a wider choice of interoperable products, while facilitating the economies of scale required to deliver mass- market small cell deployments.

Registration was open for companies interested in participating to the test sessions with the following equipment:

  • All Small Cell variations: HeNBs, picocells, microcells…
  • Home eNodeB Gateway (HeNB-GW)
  • Evolved Packet Core (ePC)

The main areas of focus of the Small Cell LTE Remote Plugfest 2015 were:

  • Closed subscriber group (CSG), which help to reduce the signaling load on access networks
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Emergency Alerts (CMAS)
  • Mobility

In addition, nice progress was made in LTE-A Carrier Aggregation and Local IP access (LIPA) test descriptions, which is of particular interest to mobile operators as a means of increasing hotspot capacity and reducing traffic load on core networks.

The Plugfest was preceded by a remote pre-testing phase where participants had the opportunity to run regression testing and get familiar with the new test cases.

This was the third event in the series and our first fully remote Plugfest, where participants had the opportunity to run the test sessions from company offices by connecting to the VPN based secure transport network, interconnecting them, deployed by ETSI. This well-established remote test lab was set up at the beginning of the series to support pre-testing phases and participation with remote equipment. Since then, remote test lab techniques and technology have been continuously improved to facilitate enrolment and secure interaction among participants. A flexible LTE network allowed participants to evaluate the interoperability of their solutions with any possible testing partner. Recent enhancements in ETSI’s Plugtests™ tool suite have facilitated interaction among companies and ensured consistent reporting of results.

Over 70 reported test sessions and 500 documented test results have been issued over this two week event.

Remote Plugfests will not replace face to face events since they are required to test radio aspects, for instance, but they will help to reduce the number of meetings, improve their efficiency and contribute to a greener world, an issue ETSI has been keen to integrate in its organization and standards making process.

This activity was supported by the European Commission.


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The SCF IOP WG chairman

Kreso Bilan

Kreso Bilan, the SCF IOP WG Chairman concludes this remote event:

"This time we concentrated on regression tests (VoLTE, X2...) and Closed Subscribe Group - to the extent of UEs support for CSG. LIPA/SIPTO and Carrier Aggregation - have seen test cases developed. In addition, we:

  • Reduced the cost of the plugfest (no organising lab for the remote plugfest),
  • Extended the duration of the plugfest (easier planning for SCF members) and
  • Increased convenience for participants (working from their own labs)."
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The Aricent team


The Aricent team members testing remotely from India.

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The Sistelbanda team

Sistelbanda team

The Sistelbanda team testing remotely from Spain.

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The Parallel Wireless team


The  Parallel Wireless team involved in the Small Cell LTE remote Plugfest. They are testing from india and US.

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The Qucell team


The Qucell team testing remotly from the United States.

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The ip access team


The ip access team (Syed and Vijay) testing remotly from UK. 

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The Accelleran team

Accelleran Team

The Accelleran team (Antonio, Alain, Gabriele, Ben, Mike and Stephen) actively remotely testing from Belgium. 

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Start of the Plugfest


Kicking-off the Small Cell LTE Remote Plugfest 2015 with 16 organisations, 50 engineers and 20 instances of Small Cell equipment connected to different core networks involved... and 70 test sessions scheduled for the 2 upcoming weeks!! Good luck to everyone!!

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The Casa-Systems team


The Casa-Systems team is ready to test from the United States.

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The Node-H team

Klaus Node-H

Klaus from Node-H GmbH is ready to test remotly from Germany.

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The ETSI team with JDSU


After successful deployment of the tracing system, Francesco from JDSU and the entire ETSI Plugfest team enjoy a nice lunch together.

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The JDSU team


Francesco, from JDSU, installing the tracing equipment at ETSI premises with the help of our ETSI colleague (Sebastian), in France. The JDSU team will be operating the servers
remotely from Italy.

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The Fujitsu team


The Fujitsu team will test remotely from Japan.

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The CISCO team


Tom from Cisco will operate from Germany his equipment located in Italy.

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The ATHONET team


The ATHONET team is ready to test from Italy.

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The ONE2MANY team

one2Many team

The ONE2MANY team (Peter & Peter) will test remotly from the Netherlands.

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The ETSI team

Jean-Luc HIVE

Jean-Luc and the ETSI remote test infrastructure core (HIVE) ready for integrating Plugfest participants.


The ETSI team based in France is ready for the pre-testing phase of the Small Cell LTE Remote Plugfest. (Silvia, Alex, Aurélie, Jean-Luc and Peter)

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