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Mission Critical Services in 3GPP

June 20, 2017

By Yannick Lair and Georg Mayer

A platform for mission critical (MC) communications and MC Services has been a key priority of 3GPP in recent years and is expected to evolve into the future by taking more requirements, from different sectors of the global critical communications industry, on board.

This article provides an overview of what was achieved so far in the MC domain within 3GPP and also gives an outlook of what can be expected in the near future. We plan to create a more detailed paper on MC Services, which will summarize the use cases and functional aspects of Rel-13, Rel-14 and upcoming Rel-15, later this year.

Driven by the 3GPP release schedule, the mission critical related functionalities have been phased across them, each release encompassing a complete set of standards for equipment vendors and operators to phase their implementations and deployments, based on market demands.

Recent News

LTE MCPTT testing

June 27, 2017
3GPP Market Representation Partner TCCA has worked closely with ETSI to produce their first Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT) test event, held last week in Sophia Antipolis, focusing on test sessions for mission-critical LTE equipment.
140 participants from 19 companies carried out over 1000 tests based on 3GPP, ETSI and IETF standards – with 47 of the test cases specifically developed for Release 13 MCPTT.

5G at RAN#76, a video interview

June 22, 2017

Video by Telecom TV, featuring Balazs Bertenyi, TSG RAN Chairman

A new video is on-line today, covering the transition from Rel-14 completion to the task of meeting two major milestones for Rel-15, within the next twelve months.

The video has news on the early drop of 5G NR specifications for December 2017 and some words on the full set of Rel-15 features - due by June 2018.

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