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Initial Cellular V2X standard completed

September 26, 2016

By Dino Flore, 3GPP RAN Chairman 

As part of the expansion of the LTE platform to new services, and to keep track with the increasing needs of the automotive industry, 3GPP is developing functionality to provide enhancements specifically for vehicular communications - both in terms of direct communication (between vehicles, vehicle to pedestrian and vehicle to infrastructure) and for cellular communications with networks.

The initial Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) standard, for inclusion in the Release 14, was completed last week - during the 3GPP RAN meeting in New Orleans. It focuses on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications, with further enhancements to support additional V2X operational scenarios to follow, in Release 14, targeting completion during March 2017.

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Shape the first MCPTT Plugtest

October 6, 2016

The first MCPTT interop event by ETSI is being planned, seeking to test 3GPP Release 13 Mission Critical Push To Talk features in collaboration with the TETRA & Critical Communications Association (TCCA).

The series will seek to develop an interoperability Test Specification that will allow manufacturers to validate their products against the current standard, testing alongside other implementations to conduct early bug fixing.

3GPP drives GSM-R to a new track

August 5, 2016

By Juergen Merkel, Nokia, rapporteur of the FS_FRMCS study item.

At the recent 3GPP SA plenary, a study item was approved - to investigate the requirements for a new railway communication system, as a successor to the GSM-R service.

GSM-R is facing a number of challenges:

  • The system life-cycle is coming to an end, with vendor support uncertain beyond 2030
  • Extra capacity is required in some areas to support railway operations
  • The rollout of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) has increased the strain on the GSM-R network

To have a successor technology in place by 2020 for trials and by 2022 for deployment, the International Railway Union (UIC) have published a user requirement specification in their paper “Future Railway Mobile Communication System - FRMCS” (see S1-161250).

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