Expway’s Record Contributions to 3GPP in 2016

Expway made a total of 110 contributions to the 3GPP standard in 2016, setting a record for the company. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a standard body collaboration made up of telecommunications entities from around the world. Its scope is to make globally applicable mobile phone system specifications like LTE Broadcast. Expway’s input included contributions to both the SA4 and SA6 3GPP projects.

The most inputs, 30, were for the MooD standard, MBMS operation on Demand. This was followed by 22 contributions dedicated to the Usage of FEC for Mission Critical services over MBMS, and 20 for the specification of the new release 14 xMB API, for provisioning and content ingesting of MBMS User Services.

Expway’s contributions to MooD included many debugs and enhancements often linked to the profile prepared in partnership with Ericsson. A lot of work was done to convince SA6 that FEC, Forward Error Correction, was needed for mission critical services. A specific solution (solution 6-1 within TR 23.780) was promoted for this feature.

Other notable contributions include work on header compression for MCPTT over MBMS. Expway proposed also reusing the new xMB interface for Mission Critical services.

Thank you everyone on the Expway team for your hard work, and dedication to continue making the LTE Broadcast standard more relevant and acceptable over the world.