21 December 2012
PA’s Raspberry Pi basestation has been written about in an article in TechWeek Europe. The article explains how engineers from PA created a GSM basestation using a Raspberry Pi and some open source software.
The article goes on to explain that operating a mobile network usually requires an expensive GSM base station and other infrastructure. PA conducted this experiment to highlight the hidden value of cheap, off-the-shelf solutions, keeping the system tucked indoors to avoid encroaching on licensed spectrum belonging to mobile operators.
The article describes how PA hooked up a Raspberry Pi to a radio interface and, by using some open software, the Raspberry Pi performed the same function as a mobile phone tower.
PA Consulting Group’s Frazer Bennett, a technology expert, is quoted in the article. He comments: “This proves what can be achieved through low-cost off the shelf-systems. Just imagine the other possibilities that other such low cost technologies could inspire across other sectors and industries.”
The article features a short video created by PA on how the private network was built. To view the video, click here.