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h1. [[OsmoBTS]]

[[OsmoBTS]] is a software implementation of a GSM BTS(Base Transceiver Station).

It implements the follwing protocols/interfaces:
* LAPDm (GSM 04.06)
* A-bis/IP in IPA multiplex
* OML (GSM TS 12.21)
* RSL (GSM TS 08.58)

[[OsmoBTS]] is building up on work done previosuly for [[OpenBSC:]] (e.g. RSL, OML, RTP) and [[OsmocomBB:]] (e.g. LAPDm). The Abis/IP protocol staking is inspired by ip.access A-bis/IP, sometimes called IPA multiplex.

h2. OsmoBTS in the Osmocom architecture

h3. OsmoBTS in a GSM + GPRS/EDGE network using [[OsmoNITB:]]

digraph G {
rankdir = LR;
OsmoTRX -> OsmoBTS [label="bursts over UDP"];
sysmoPHY -> OsmoBTS [label="/dev/msgq/"];
octPHY -> OsmoBTS [label="Raw Ethernet"];
OsmoBTS -> OsmoNITB [label="Abis/IP"];
OsmoBTS -> OsmoPCU [label="pcu_sock"];
OsmoPCU -> OsmoSGSN [label="Gb/IP"];
OsmoBTS [color=red];

h3. OsmoBTS in a GSM + GPRS/EDGE network using [[OsmoBSC:]] and [[OsmoMSC:]]

digraph G {
rankdir = LR;
OsmoTRX -> OsmoBTS [label="bursts over UDP"];
sysmoPHY -> OsmoBTS [label="/dev/msgq/"];
octPHY -> OsmoBTS [label="Raw Ethernet"];
OsmoBTS -> OsmoBSC [label="Abis/IP"];
OsmoBSC -> OsmoMSC [label="3GPP AoIP"];
OsmoMSC -> OsmoHLR [label="GSUP"];
OsmoBTS -> OsmoPCU [label="pcu_sock"];
OsmoPCU -> OsmoSGSN [label="Gb/IP"];
OsmoSGSN -> OsmoGGSN [label="Gp"];
OsmoBTS [color=red];

h2. Backends / Hardware support

[[OsmoBTS]] is modular and has support for multiple back-ends. A back-end talks to a specific L1/PHY implementation of the respective BTS hardware. Based on this architecture, it should be relatively easy to add a new back-end to support so-far unsupported GSM PHY/L1 and associated hardware.

So far [[OsmoBTS]] has been integrated with several different L1/PHY and hardware systems. The backends are:
* osmo-bts-sysmo
** Multiple indoor and outdoor BTS products called "sysmoBTS": "sysmoBTS": by "sysmocom":
* osmo-bts-trx
** Wideband SDR transceiver hardware supported by [[OpenBTS]] transceiver or [OsmoTRX] PHY layer software, including the [[umtrx:UmTRX]], the USRP family, etc.
** Multiple indoor and outdoor "fairwaves": BTSs, like UmDESK and UmSITE
* osmo-bts-litecell15
* osmo-bts-octphy
* osmo-bts-bb
** A pretty crazy experimental BTS hardware based on two [[OsmocomBB]] phones had originally been supported, but needs to be re-integrated with core code changes.

graph G {
OsmoBTS [color=red];
sysmoBTS [label="sysmocom sysmoBTS\n(many models)", shape=box];
LC15 [label="Nuran\nLitecell 1.5", shape=box];
OCT [label="Octasic\nOCTBTS", shape=box];
TRX [label="OsmoTRX"];
OtherSDR [label="Other SDR HW", shape=box, style=dashed];
OtherPHY [label="Other GSM PHY", shape=box, style=dashed];
UmTRX [label="Fairwaves\nUmTRX", shape=box];
USRP [label="Ettus USRP\nFamily", shape=box];

OsmoBTS -- sysmoBTS [label="osmo-bts-sysmo"];
OsmoBTS -- LC15 [label="osmo-bts-lc15"];
OsmoBTS -- OCT [label="osmo-bts-octphy"];
OsmoBTS -- TRX [label="osmo-bts-trx"];
OsmoBTS -- OtherPHY [style=dashed];

TRX -- OtherSDR [style=dashed];

{ rank=same; sysmoBTS LC15 OCT UmTRX }


h2. Manuals

* User Manual:
* VTY Reference:
* Abis Protocol Manual:

h2. GPRS support

In the GSM architecture, the BTS is an element in the circuit-switched domain only.

For packet-switched support, OsmoBTS provides a socket interface towards [[OsmoPCU:]]. This adds GPRS and EDGE support to it.

h2. Source code

The source code is available from (module @osmo-bts@).

Public read-only access is available via
git clone git://
You can browse it via cgit:

h2. Test Suite

We have a TTCN-3 test suite for OsmoBTS as part of our [[cellular-infrastructure:Titan_TTCN3_Testsuites]]
* source code:
* results:

h2. Authors / Credits

[[OsmoBTS]] was originally developed in 2011 by Andreas Eversberg and Harald Welte.

Today it is mostly maintained by Harald Welte and his team at sysmocom.
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