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Multi-BTS with Osmocom and a single UmTRX

Posted: July 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 36 Comments »



Early on in the design of UmTRX it was decided that it would be a dual-channel platform, with this being identified as supporting many target use cases and operator requirements, including:

  • dual-band operation, e.g. 1800MHz for local coverage and 900MHz for longer distance
  • road coverage, with a dedicated BTS and narrow beam antenna facing in each direction
  • two operators on a single system, e.g. one public and one private network

Not to mention that the capacity afforded by two carriers also happens to be the sweetspot for many villages and rural installations.

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UmTRX Host Driver Major Update

Posted: January 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Up until recently the host driver for UmTRX was provided by a Fairwaves-specific version of UHD. However, support is now available in the form of a UmTRX module that is loaded by the stock version of UHD based on UHD 003.004. Meaning that it’s now possible to use a single UHD install, together with the UmTRX module, to work with both Ettus and Fairwaves hardware. Furthermore, UmTRX is also able to benefit from updates made to the UHD mainline without porting.

New and improved features

Further updates made to the host software and accompanying firmware as part of this transition include:

  • Numerous additional features for versions of UmTRX that are used in the UmSITE product line, such as the ability to control integrated power amplifiers, and sense forward and reflected RF power at their output ports;
  • Support for timed commands;
  • Retrieving GPS NMEA data over IP is now functional.

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Development kit seasonal sale!

Posted: December 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

For a limited time UmTRX v2.2 is available for the reduced price of $850

Up until 19th February 2015 (the Chinese New Year) it will be possible to purchase a UmTRX v2.2 complete with a power supply and coax pigtails for only $850. This offer is being made by Fairwaves in support of getting hardware into the hands of more developers, and is limited to 2 kits per individual and 10 per university.

Orders placed now should be received in January. To find out more see the blog post over on the Fairwaves website, and to place an order head over to the web shop.

UK Spectrum Licensing for Test and Development

Posted: August 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »


In most parts of the world a spectrum licence is required in order to operate a mobile base station (BTS), in much the same way that a licence would be required if you wanted to set up your own radio or TV station. This is not unreasonable and, after all, a great deal of inconvenience can be caused if spectrum use is not carefully coordinated and interference leads to service outages.

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TADHack and Upcoming Events

Posted: July 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »


Collaboration at TADHack 2014

The Telecom Application Developer Hackathon, or TADHack for short, took place over 6-7th June in Madrid and almost the entire Fairwaves technical team were in attendance.

For the hackathon Fairwaves engineers collaborated with Ben Klang, founder of real-time communication specialists, Mojo Lingo, and Jose de Castro of Tropo, on the development of an in-network application service called FairShare Community Mobile. This aims to alleviate the problem of mobile network saturation where resources are scarce and costs may be high — such as is often the case in developing nations — through ensuring fair use of resources by managing call duration.

The collaboration resulted in a working prototype which was demonstrated live, using a UmTRX-based BTS, and which went on to win the Geeks Without Bounds Challenge Prize.

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UmTRX becomes OIN Licensee

Posted: March 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »


The UmTRX project has signed up to become a licensee of the Open Invention Network (OIN), providing it with royalty-free access to a growing patent portfolio that covers the Linux ecosystem and includes numerous mobile technologies.

Access to the defensive portfolio affords the UmTRX project a measure of protection from the actions of patent trolls and those who would seek to attack or undermine the Linux ecosystem. We’re in great company, with founding companies including IBM, Sony and NEC, and licensees ranging from SMEs and smaller open source projects, to global tech giants and major open source projects.

Site updates

Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This is a just brief post to introduce a number of updates that we’ve made to the site over the last few months:

We’ve also added an architecture page on the Osmocom wiki with introductory text, and high-level and FPGA diagrams.

There are further updates in the pipeline and we hope to soon complete the migration from the old Google Code project to this site (user information) and the Osmocom wiki (developers).

Proud to be an Osmocom project

Posted: November 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


Short for Open source mobile communications, Osmocom is a family of projects that span DECT, GSM, trunked and satellite communication systems, and more — with both software implementations and hardware designs.

Since July of last year the development mailing list for UmTRX has been hosted by Osmocom, but with the documentation remaining at Google Code.

If you’ve visited this website within the last few weeks you may have noticed that we’re in the process of migrating user documentation across from Google Code, and as part of the same process we’re also moving the developer documentation across to a brand new Trac instance that Osmocom have kindly set up for us at

The migration away from Google Code is not complete just yet and improving the user documentation here and the developer docs at Osmocom is very much a work in progress. It should be noted that presently the Google Code issue tracker is still in use, but issues will be moved across to Trac within the next month or so, completing the migration.

Why Osmocom?

Osmocom is more than just somewhere to host a mailing list, wiki and issue tracker, and it is in fact central to our software strategy for UmTRX use with GSM, which involves OpenBSC, OsmoBTS and a number of other projects. Although it’s true that there isn’t a great deal of documentation available on this architecture at present, and addressing this is something that we will be making a priority.

Of course, UmTRX also supports use with OpenBTS and in theory any other GSM implementation which uses the UHD API. However, the combination of UmTRX plus Osmocom (OpenBSC and OsmoBTS etc.) provides a solution that is open from the hardware, all the way up the stack, as opposed to an “open core” solution where certain features are deemed proprietary and reserved for a commercial version of the software.

New website!

Posted: September 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The UmTRX project has a new website and over the coming months we’ll be adding resources here such as user documentation and how-to guides. However, in the meantime, the primary source of information remains the Google code wiki.

We’ll also be using this blog to provide regular updates from the project, and you can expect posts with technical insights and exploring new features, along with reports from UmTRX use in the field, and posts on wider relevant topics.

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