OpenBTS Development Cell Network serves test labs, universities.

Press Release Summary:

Range Networks Professional Development Kit facilitates experiments with OpenBTS™ or simulation of small, 2.5G cellular voice and data networks. Enabling test network setup and accelerating call initiation, Linux-based system combines access and core functions while allowing hands-on testing and development of applications. Base station comes with commercial release of OpenBTS, is fully operational out-of-the-box, and includes Asterisk softswitch, SIP authentication server, and SMS server.

Original Press Release:

Range Networks Announces OpenBTS Development Cell Network for Test Labs and Universities

Base Station Combines Access and Core Network Functions

SAN FRANCISCO -- (SOLID, Fort Mason Center, Booth #P10) - Range Networks, the leading provider of commercial open source cellular systems and leader of the OpenBTS(TM) software project, today announced the launch of a new, low-cost cellular network development kit intended for professional lab use. The small, low-power Range Networks Professional Development Kit makes it easy to experiment with OpenBTS or to simulate small 2.5G cellular voice and data networks, making it possible to set up a test network and start making calls quickly. The Linux-based system combines access and core functions and exemplifies OpenBTS as a foundation for innovative and unique communications applications.


--  Professional Development Kit intended for lab testing and experimentation: This unique kit allows hands-on testing and development of applications with a safe, low-power system the size of a textbook. The base station comes with the latest commercial release of OpenBTS, is fully operational out-of-the-box and is designed for short-range laboratory use. The kit includes an Asterisk softswitch, SIP authentication server and SMS server pre-installed, running on Ubuntu Linux. Additionally, any GSM band of operation can be selected via a software configuration.

--  50 percent educational discount for universities: The development kit is an excellent, low-cost solution for university computer science and electrical engineering programs to educate students on the deployment of Internet-based cellular networks running on standard computer hardware. The system is priced at $4,722.00 and can be purchased online at The company is offering volume discounts for orders of two or more.


Harvind Samra, Range Networks CTO and co-inventor of the OpenBTS Project said:

"Range Networks' low-power development kit lets people experiment easily without the cost of a traditional, proprietary hardware network. Whether commercial or university labs, handset testers, makers, application developers or network tinkerers, there's a host of new opportunities available by using a software-defined base station with OpenBTS running on standard, Linux-based computer hardware."

About Range Networks

Range Networks is developing the future of cellular networks. Founded by the inventors of OpenBTS, the company is the leader in commercial open source cellular systems. Range Networks' systems are simple to deploy and manage at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. Based on OpenBTS, Range Networks delivers mobile connectivity for rural communities, remote industries and emergency responders, and supplies development networks to commercial labs and universities. Additional information is available at:


Kim Dearborn

Nadel Phelan, Inc.


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