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In six weeks from bare hardware to receiving BCCHs

Feb 16, 2010, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Harald Welte)

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"After six weeks of full-time hacking, with the help of a few friends, we have made it to receiving actual BCCH data from a GSM cell.

"So what does this mean? As I have indicated publicly at the 26C3 conference: Now, that we have managed to create a working GSM network-side implementation (OpenBSC) during the last year, we will proceed to do the same with the phone side.

"Initially we spent quite a bit of thinking on building our own custom hardware. But while planning for the first prototype, we realized that it would simply distract us too much from what we actually wanted to do. We don't want to take care of component sourcing, prototype generations, quality assurance in production, production testing, etc. -- All we want is to write a Free Software GSM protocol implementation for a phone.

"Unfortunately (as usually in the industry), the silicon and device makers do not publish sufficient documentation about their devices to enable third-party developers to go ahead and write their own software: The never ending problem of Free Software in many areas beyond more-or-less standardized hardware like in the PC industry."

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