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FRMCS #4 Plugtests Event Validates 3GPP Standards for Future Railway Mobile Communication System

ETSI is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the FRMCS #4 Plugtests event, held at Sophia Antipolis, ETSI HQ, from July 1 – 5, 2024.

FRMCS #4 Plugtests Event Validates 3GPP Standards for Future Railway Mobile Communication System

This event brought together key stakeholders, including railway operators, telecom vendors, system integrators, and industry experts worldwide. ETSI organized the event with the support of the European Union, EFTA, TCCA-Critical Communications, and UIC— International Union of Railways.

Key Highlights:

  • Global Collaboration: With 83 delegates present face-to-face, 67 participating remotely, and 25 vendors, the event fostered global collaboration in testing and validating FRMCS solutions.
  • Testing Scenarios: The Plugtests covered many scenarios, including mission-critical voice and data communication based on 3GPP Rel-18, Adhoc Groups, and IP Connectivity.
  • 3GPP Specifications: Participants had the opportunity to test and validate the latest 3GPP specifications and standards developed by 3GPP and ETSI.
  • Live Demonstrations: Attendees showcased real-world applications and use cases of FRMCS technology, including AdHoc groups and GSM-R IWF demonstrations.
  • Workshops and Panels: Workshops and panel discussions explored topics such as the future of railway communications, quality of service (QoS), and the integration of FRMCS with other technologies like 5G.
  • Networking and Insights: Industry peers networked, shared insights and discussed challenges and opportunities in deploying FRMCS.
  • Comprehensive Report: The results and findings from the Plugtests will be compiled into a comprehensive report, providing valuable feedback for standardizing FRMCS technologies and guiding future development efforts.

In support of the hard work, 90 participants enjoyed a nice networking dinner on the beach in Nice, France.

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