Mission critical

Confidence in the delivery of the highest quality service for users in the realms of public safety

With the increasing support to the development and deployment of Mission Critical Broadband (LTE-based) networks and services to meet the needs of the different Mission Critical Services stakeholders, there is a need for a formal interoperability testing and certification process to ensure compliance to standards and give end users a seamless service.

Interoperability allows to improve the device ecosystem, and allows connection of mission critical oriented devices to different networks and countries.

GCF and TCCA are working on the development of a certification scheme for Mission Critical Services, focused on the frequency bands, mission-critical functionalities and priorities required by the industry. A joint Mission Critical Services Work Stream work stream is actively developing this scheme, open to all stakeholders (Mission Critical Operators, Service Providers and Public Agencies, Device Manufacturers, Mission Critical services providers, Test industry). You can find more information at https://mcsws.globalcertificationforum.org/

GCF manufacturer members can:

  • Certify their LTE and 5G capable mission critical oriented devices to the available GCF Certification Criteria, to ensure a seamless connection with the targeted networks in the required frequency bands.
  • Work with the Mission Critical Services Work Stream to contribute on the development of the certification requirement to ensure a seamless interoperability of MCX Services, with a focus on 3GPP-based MCX Services clients (MC-PTT, MC-Video and MC-Data)  

For Mission Critical-oriented network operators, service providers and public agencies, a specific GCF mission critical operator member category is available.

Technology evolution

As LTE, 5G, Mission Critical Broadband (LTE-based) network deployments and standards-based Mission Critical Services evolve, GCF members can introduce new 3GPP technologies in the Certification Criteria, including new frequency band and carrier aggregation combination requirements to GCF Certification.

The process to evolve the GCF Certification criteria to support new functionalities, frequency bands and releases, is summarized in the following graphic:



Find out how to join GCF and become involved in mission critical certification.