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TCCA Joins 3GPP for critical work

TCCA Joins 3GPP for critical work

Oct 31,2013

Fukuoka, October 31, 2013

The TCCA has today signed the 3GPP Partnership Agreement, the formal document that means that the Association is now a Partner in 3GPP. Phil Kidner, the TCCA Chief Executive, described the role of the TETRA and Critical Communications Association in representing TETRA, the technology that - along with P25 in North America – dominates the critical communications market worldwide.

Phil Kidner introduced Tony Gray, Chairman of the TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG). The group is working to guide the critical communications community towards a "commitment to a common mobile broadband technology solution – based on LTE". Mr. Gray also emphasised the importance of a parallel effort in discussions with regulators and National Authorities to ensure the availability of appropriate and harmonized spectrum for deployment of Critical Communications LTE networks.

The CCBG will be the point-of-contact for 3GPP, and Mr. Gray gave an outline of how the group is focused on the identification of fundamental features for group working, direct mode, reliance and security and on guaranteeing critical speech services over all-IP systems. The CCBG has recently initiated a new Standards Coordination Umbrella Group, to facilitate coordination and collaboration between stakeholder groups globally in the preparation of use cases and requirements so that they can be presented to 3GPP in a coordinated way.

September 2, 2013

LTE is set to offer increased interoperability between critical communications systems and ubiquitous networks based on 3GPP specifications, without compromising on the highest standards necessary for the secure operation of mission critical voice and data services.

Several new features are being worked on in 3GPP, which has led to a high degree of participation from public safety groups and now sees the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA) being approved as the latest Market Representation Partner in 3GPP.

At the detailed level, the TCCA's Critical Communications Broadband Group will work closely with 3GPP, on Spectrum, Architecture, User requirements and on strategic case studies.

The TCCA has set out a plan for its members service evolution, for data and voice for LTE, with four sequential steps identified:

  1. Upgrade existing Mission Critical V+D services until LTE readiness & maturity
  2. Uptake of Non Mission Critical data with commercial LTE
  3. Build Mission Critical Data LTE networks
  4. Migrate Mission Critical Voice

In his proposal to 3GPP, Phil Kidner, the TCCA Chief Executive promised that "The Association will bring a European and global input to 3GPP for critical communications".

The formal signing of the 3GPP Partnership Agreement will take place at the next meeting of the Partners, in Fukuoka, Japan on the 30th October.

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See Also:

Features / Studies

(As at 1/Feb/14, For the latest Features see: The Work Plan. )






Release 11




Public Safety Broadband High Power UE for Band 14 for Region 2


TR 36.837

Release 12




Study on Proximity-based Services





Group Communication System Enablers for LTE



TS 22.468, TR 23.768, TR 33.8xy


Proximity-based Services



TR 23.703, TS 23.303, TR 33.833


Study on LTE Device to Device Proximity Services - Radio Aspects



LTE 36.843


Study on Group Communication for LTE



LTE 36.868

About the TCCA

tcca users-4a0a2"The TCCA represents TETRA, the most successful mission critical communications voice and narrowband data mobile standard in the world. Now available with TEDS supporting wideband data, we support the further development of the standard and promote its increasing adoption by professional users in a growing number of market sectors across all continents. For critical broadband data communications, we are driving the development of common global mobile standards."