Small Cell Forum and ETSI collaborate for first ever Remote LTE Plugfest

Member companies will come together in April to help drive small cell interoperability

Small Cell Forum and ETSI collaborate for first ever Remote LTE Plugfest

Small Cell Forum, in partnership with ETSI, has announced the first Small Cell Remote LTE Plugfest, taking place from 13 to 24 April 2015.

Small Cell Forum Plugfests play a key role in cultivating an effective ecosystem of interoperable small cells, helping to debug vendor implementations and drive the resolution of standards ambiguities and gaps. This all helps provide operators and consumers with a wider choice of small cell products while also facilitating economies of scale to bring the small cell mass market closer.

This is the first Plugfest to take place fully remotely, where participants will run test sessions from their own offices by connecting to a VPN based remote test infrastructure. To find out more and to register click here.

The main areas of focus of the Remote LTE Plugfest will be:

  • LTE-A Carrier Aggregation
  • Local IP Access (LIPA) and Selected IP Traffic Offload (SIPTO)
  • Closed Subscriber Group (CSG)

“The work that takes place in the Plugfests is invaluable in accelerating the deployment of small cell networks,” said Kreso Bilan, Small Cell Forum. “Being able to do these remotely not only makes it easier for people to join, but also opens up a series of interesting new test possibilities. We’d encourage even more of our members and those in the industry to get involved and to help shape the future of small cell standards.”

“The well-established remote test infrastructure was set up at the beginning of the Plugfest series to support pre-testing phases and participation with remote equipment,” said Anthony Wiles, Director, ETSI Centre for Testing and Interoperability.  

“Since then, remote testing techniques and technology have been continuously improved to facilitate enrolment and secure interaction among participants. We’re excited to be a part of the first remote Plugfest and look forward to seeing how these develop.”

The Forum has conducted five previous Plugfests on topics including device interoperability, management and 3GPP standards. Background on Small Cell Forum Plugfests is available from


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