Expway Runs Successful End-to-End LTE Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk Interoperability Tests at ETSI PlugTest

Tests validate the interoperability potential of mission critical products

Sophia Antipolis, France – June 26, 2017 – Expway announced today that it successfully ran end-to-end LTE Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) interoperability tests during the first European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) PlugTest event. The tests conducted by Expway showed the interoperability capabilities of the Expway eMBMS (Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) server called the Expway BMSC (Broadcast Multicast Service Center) and the Expway Middleware integrated with MCPTT Application servers and clients, and rugged User Equipments (UE).

The ETSI interoperability event took place June 20-23 2017, at the ETSI headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France. It was run in partnership with the TCCA, the representative body for the global critical communications community, and supported by the European Commission.

19 vendors offering standards-based MCPTT products participated in the tests. Also multiple governments and security agencies were present to observe the results.

Expway ran multiple tests, based on 3GPP, ETSI and IETF standards, using the compact and portable Expway eBox. The Expway eBox contains all the necessary LTE network components to run such tests, including an Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Evolved Node B (eNodeB) and the Expway BMSC.

Expway ran various scenarios and test cases such as group call, unicast and multicast communications pre-arranged by the ETSI. The tests validated the interoperability potential of different MCPTT products, ensuring that equipment from different vendors flawlessly work together to fulfill emergency missions.

Push-to-Talk (PTT) enables near instantaneous group communications using LTE networks – a critical requirement for first responders. MCPTT specifications are now specified in the 3GPP Release 13.

First responders from different agencies (firemen, police, medical, environmental, local) need to better synchronize their efforts, in order to respond to emergencies quicker and more efficiently. They need to communicate using the same standards. Private (and Public) Radio Networks (PMR) often do not use the same standards – hindering coordination.

“First responders need to save lives! Community lives and their own” said Claude Seyrat, Expway Co-founder and CMO. “Governments and security agencies around the world are moving away from PMRs and mandating the use of LTE and LTE Broadcast for their mission critical applications.”

LTE networks provide broad interoperability for MCPTT, along with strictly committed and prioritized bandwidth. LTE Broadcast delivers in addition, consistent QoS, resilience to congestion, group voice and video communications (from wearables or drones for example) and group data distribution.

About Expway

Expway is the LTE Broadcast expert, enabling mobile carriers, device manufacturers, and content delivery networks to monetize the mobile video-streaming explosion. Expway delivers content efficiently and cost effectively through the last mile, from the mobile carrier antenna to the end-user device, with consistent high-quality-of-experience. Expway is the only vendor to offer a complete end-to-end, open solution, providing both the LTE-Broadcast server and the device middleware. For more information visit www.expway.com