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AstaZero completes world's first successful testing for 3GPP-based Mission Critical Services, meeting the newly announced Global Certification Forum certification criteria

17 June 2024, 06:47

AstaZero, a subsidiary of RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden, announced today that it has successfully performed the world's first 3GPP-based communication systems Mission Critical Services (MCS) conformance certification tests. The new GCF test criteria include fulfillment of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard for mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services. The tests comply with the new criteria set by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and The Critical Communication Association (TCCA). This achievement marks a significant milestone in the development of secure and reliable communication technologies for mission-critical operations.

The mission critical communication systems used by police forces, ambulance services, fire brigades and other society organizations require uninterrupted and secure communication. The world first certification test fulfilling the new GCF and TCCA criteria for 3GPP-based MCS conformance certification tests were conducted at RISE’s ISO 17025 accredited Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) chambers in Borås, Sweden. The new criteria for conformance test and certification ensure that 3GPP-based MCS critical communication systems are interoperable, reliable and secure.

Paul Halle Zahl Pedersen, Senior Vice President at RISE, commented on the achievement: "This world first certification test is a proof point of our commitment to advancing the deployment of technology standards. We are honored to contribute in setting new benchmarks for standards in the Mission Critical Services domains and by our testing and verification competence and capabilities contribute to a safer society.”

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3GPP-based MCS conformance certification, as announced June 11th by Global Certification Forum (GCF), opens the door for wider adoption of standardized mission-critical communication services globally. It paves the way for enhanced communication systems interoperability and enables smoother cooperation between organizations during critical situations. Conformance certification facilitates a competitive market, where components from different vendors can interoperate, lowering entry barriers and increasing cost competitiveness and innovation.

For more information about AstaZero and its pioneering work in mission-critical communication technologies, please visit


Monika Fuller, Vice President department Vehicle and Automation at RISE


About AstaZero

AstaZero is the world’s first full-scale independent test environment for the automated transport system and mobility connectivity. AstaZero is owned by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. It is a neutral, and open environment and research organization for testing automated vehicle solutions and advanced safety systems.

AstaZero’s proving ground features advanced capabilities in connectivity, with multiple tests and development 4G and 5G networks which are continuously evolving with the latest technologies, equipment and network services. For the 3GPP-based MCS tests, AstaZero use the RISE Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test chambers.

AstaZero is a member of Global Certification Forum (GCF) and contributes to the Mission Critical Services and the Automotive streams. AstaZero is also a GCF Recognized Test Organization (RTO). Within the automotive industry, AstaZero is an independent Euro NCAP accredited testbed.

About RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programmes with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. Our almost 3300 employees engage in and support all types of innovation processes. RISE is an independent, Sweden state owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 130 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.