Feeds

Build your own mobile network for the low, low price of US$2,000

*Spectrum license not included

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Universities and mobile network engineers can have a crack at service development for around $US2,000, courtesy of a development kit launched by Range Networks.

The open source mobile systems vendor is designed to provide a quick entry point for developers and experimenters: along with the OpenBTS network environment and the familiar Asterisk server, it includes a 100mW radio set and two GSM phones (pre-programmed SIM cards included).

The idea is to get a system up and running in a few minutes so the user can get to work on the serious business of fooling around with its internals. The radio kit runs OpenBTS and Asterisk on an Ubuntu server, and loads up a basic comms configuration at startup. Once the handsets are registered to the network, they appear as straightforward SIP clients on the VoIP network.

As Range Networks' COO Faith Sedlin told The Register, “as far as we know it's the lowest-price software-defined radio available … you can fire it up, then take OpenBTS and develop whatever you want”.

The target markets, she said, are developers such as university computer science and electrical engineering departments, as well as the maker community and mobile network application developers. Sedlin cited applications such as IVR, telemedicine and in-store POS as already in development by the company's customers.

She said users only need Linux and Asterisk to get going with the kit, adding that an understanding of SDR (software defined radio) would also be useful. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T dangles gigabit broadband plans over 100 US cities
So soon after a mulled Google Fiber expansion, fancy that
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Turnbull gave NBN Co NO RULES to plan blackspot upgrades
NBN Co faces huge future Telstra bills and reduces fibre footprint
NBN Co plans fibre-to-the-basement blitz to beat cherry-pickers
Heading off at the pass operation given same priority as blackspot fixing
NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER
Announcement of VDSL trial is not proof of concept for fibre-to-the-node
Google eyes business service in latest Fiber trials
Lucky Kansas City buggers to host yet another pilot program
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.