Next round of MCX Plugtests coming up

Tuesday, 06 August, 2019

Next round of MCX Plugtests coming up

The fourth round of MCX Plugtests will take place from 23 to 27 September 2019 at the Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Finland.

The event is sponsored by ETSI in partnership with Erillisverkot and with the support of TCCA and the European Commission.

The requirements of mission-critical (MC) push-to-talk (MCPTT), mission-critical data (MCData) and mission-critical video (MCVideo) were specified in 3GPP Releases 13, 14 and 15.

The aim of the MCX Plugtests event is to validate the interoperability of a variety of implementations using different scenarios based on 3GPP Mission Critical Services in Release 14.

This fourth Plugtests event will focus on tests with radio equipment with unicast and multicast support, but will also allow over-the-top testing of mission-critical servers and clients. Observers and vendors are welcome to help define the scope (ie, functionality to be tested) for this event.

The tests will be based on 3GPP, ETSI and IETF standards, and are designed for vendors of MCS application servers (MCPTT, MCData, MCVideo), MC clients (MCPTT, MCData, MCVideo), UE, EPC, eNB, eMBMS, SIP/IMS core, control room and MCS test equipment.

The tests will independently and jointly trial all components of the mission-critical communications chain, as follows:

MC Services Common Functionalities

  • User authentication and service authorisation
  • Service configuration
  • Affiliation and de-affiliation
  • Extended location features
  • (Dynamic) Group management
  • Identity management
  • MC security framework
  • Encryption (media and control signalling)

MCPTT Enhancements

  • First-to-answer call set-up (with and without floor control)
  • Floor control for audio cut-in enabled group
  • Updating the selected MC Service user profile for an MC Service
  • Ambient listening call
  • MCPTT private call-back request
  • Remote change of selected group


  • Group call (including emergency group calls, imminent peril group calls and emergency alerts)
  • Transmission control


  • Short data service (SDS)
  • File distribution (on-network)
  • Transmission and reception control
  • Handling of disposition notifications
  • Communication release

Image credit: ©

Please follow us and share on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe for FREE to our weekly newsletter and bimonthly magazine.

Related News

Thales and RMIT to collaborate on satellite positioning system

Thales and RMIT University are working to define a new generation of high-accuracy precise point...

Triple-9 joins TCCA

Triple-9 has joined TCCA, giving it access to the latest technological developments, industry...

NEMA takes over NZ's emergency management systems

NEMA has replaced NZ's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management in a bid to improve...

  • All content Copyright © 2019 Westwick-Farrow Pty Ltd