What is OpenBTS?
OpenBTS is a Unix application that uses a software radio to present a GSM Um interface to handsets and uses a SIP softswitch or PBX to connect calls. (You might even say that OpenBTS is a simplified form of IMS that works with 2G feature-phone handsets.) The combination of the global-standard GSM air interface with low-cost VoIP backhaul forms the basis of a new type of cellular network that can be deployed and operated at substantially lower cost than existing technologies in many applications, especially rural cellular deployments and private cellular networks in remote areas.
OpenBTS is a product of Range Networks and is distributed in multiple versions under multiple licenses. This site supports the OpenBTS public release, a subset of the OpenBTS commercial release, distributed under AGPLv3.
OpenBTS is a trademark of Range Networks, Inc.
OpenBTS Development Kit
This Kit is an affordable learning, teaching and tinkering tool for those who want to experiment with the public ("P") release of OpenBTS in a desktop setting. It can be set up in less than 5 minutes, allowing you to make calls and send SMS immediately.
OpenBTS IRC channel
The OpenBTS user group is active on channel #openbts at the Freenode IRC network (irc.freenode.net).