Australian pilot showcases MCX and interworking

Samsung and Etherstack have highlighted their work with the Australian government’s Public Safety Mobile Broadband Taskforce.

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Discussing this in a recent statement, Samsung says that it has “powered an ongoing trial of its Mission Critical Push-to-X [MCPTX] solution to help Australia with its efforts.”

According to Samsung, the trial – which is currently taking place – is the country’s first to look at MCPTX and interworking capabilities. The company is also working with Etherstack, on what it refers to as a “leading Australian mobile operator’s network.”

For the trial, Samsung is providing two 3GPP compliant MCPTX solutions, MCX Core and MCX Client Application. It is also deploying Etherstack's LMR-IWF in the trial, in order to integrate between the MCPTX network and traditional LMR.

Discussing this in more depth, Samsung vice president Yong Chang and its director of public safety, B2B Business Development Group, Matthieu Guyot, said: “Earlier this month [June], the companies kicked off the demonstrations as a part of the trial with a showcase of various MCX features. This included Mission Critical Push-to-Talk [MC-PTT], MC Push-to-Video, MC Push-to-Data, location services and Land Mobile Radio interworking function.”

CEO of Etherstack David Deacon said: "It’s great to have another carrier deployment of our IWF technology with Samsung in Australia. This deployment demonstrates that standards-based interworking between traditional digital radio networks and next gen 5G networks is feasible and mature enough to deploy in real world scenarios.

“We are thrilled to be working with Samsung in supporting technology advances for public safety agencies in Australia."

Samsung has also been integral to the deployment of mission critical broadband elsewhere in the world, for instance SafeNet in South Korea.