The current eCall regulation provides requirement for Circuit switched based Mobile Networks, supported by GSM and UMTS. The LTE coverage and the deployment of 5G networks grows rapidly and most of the mobile devices are supporting LTE. CEN has developed a technical specification, CEN TS 17184:2018, to provide eCall services via packet switched mobile network using IMS (LTE and beyond).

From 2 to 6 November 2020, ETSI Centre for Interoperability held a Next Generation eCall Plugtests interoperability testing event, remotely hosted by SINTESIO. The European Commission looks forward to updating the current eCall regulation to include the eCall over IMS procedures thus ensuring compliancy with Packet Switched only mobile networks.

In order to inform the eCall community about the eCall evolution, ETSI organised, on Wednesday 10 March 2021, from 13:30 to 17:00 CET, a Programme on the state of the art of the eCall over IMs technology and deployment challenges.

The Programme presented the following topics:

  • eCall over IMS principles and main differences with legacy eCall
  • European Commission plans for updating the eCall regulation
  • Deployment challenges of eCall over IMS for PSAP and the automotive supply chain
  • NG eCall Plugtests 2020 results and plans for the 2021 Plugtests event.

This Programme was open to all.


13:30 Opening Address
Ultan Mulligan - Director Centre for Testing and Interoperability - ETSI
Roman Kuznar - CEO - SINTESIO
13:50 Updating the Legacy eCall regulation
Gilles Carabin - Policy Officer - European Commission DG MOVE
14:10 PSAP and Member state views about eCall over IMS - challenges and plan for upgrading PSAP
Freddie McBride - Director - EENA Digital Communications Policy & Regulation
14:30 Next Generation eCall principles and main differences with legacy eCall
Ralf Weber - Director Technical Standards - QUALCOMM
14:50 NG-eCall as a foundation of Novel services and Sources of information
Ana Robnik - Research and Strategic Development Consultant - Iskratel
15:10 10-minute break
15:20 NG eCall integration - technical challenges and options - how the OEMs could plan the evolution
Alin Stanescu - Pilot - ACEA Radio Regulations Expert Group
15:40 Future Proofing eCall Connected Vehicles in the 5G era
Shane Rooney - Senior Director - IOT, Auto & ITS - GSMA  
16:00 1st NG eCall Plugtests results and next event perspectives
Denis Filatov - Technical Expert - ETSI
Bostjan Pintar - Project Manager - SINTESIO
 16:30 Q&A Session
17:00 Closing of the Programme
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