ETSI Mission Critical Plugtests event achieves a 95% interoperability success rate

Sophia Antipolis, 2 November 2020

ETSI is pleased to announce it has now released the Report of its fifth MCX PlugtestsTM remote event that took place from 21 September to 2 October 2020. Results of the testing sessions outline an interoperability rate of 95%, giving industry a reliable set of standards for successful implementations.

Highlights of this event included initial railway-oriented capabilities in 3GPP Release-15, such as functional aliases, multi-talker, helping Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) move forward. 173 delegates from all over the world executed around 1350 test cases in 169 test sessions, interoperability results were reported in the ETSI Test reporting tool. Around fifty new test cases were developed for this event and will be added to ETSI TS 103 564.

The tests were designed for the following equipment:

  • MCS Application Servers (MCPTT, MCDATA, MCVIDEO)
  • eMBMS Components
  • IMS / SIP Cores
  • Railways Communications Systems
  • Consoles and Control Rooms
  • MCS Test Equipment 

Based on the 3GPP Release 15 specifications, the sessions proved once again very useful to improve 3GPP and ETSI Technical Specifications for ambiguity in wording, for example, and practical deployment problems that may demand some clarification or feedback from the related standards bodies.

In parallel, a two-days online observer programme brought together user organizations, public safety operators, government organizations and associations from Europe and the US who provided progress on mission critical services deployment in various countries. The programme included as well the status of FRMCS standards, an update on 3GPP MCX Conformance and the Broadway Project and a status of IWF standardization and TCCA Testing & Certification activities.

The ETSI MCX #5 Plugtests report is available on the ETSI portal.