[FOSDEM] Running a GSM BTS at fosdem ?

Philip Paeps philip at fosdem.org
Wed Feb 3 12:15:53 CET 2010

On 2010-02-03 12:05:54 (+0100), Jan-Frederik Martens <jfmartens at fosdem.org> wrote:
> > The idea would just to have a single BTS running a small demo network
> > with just A4 sheets around pointing to a website for more infos, no
> > stand or anything. Can this be arranged on short notice ? Who should I
> > talk to for details ?
> I'm sorry, but in my opinion this is too last minute. There are logistical
> (where to put this set-up, provide power), technical (how can we be
> absolutely sure it won't interfere?) and administrative (request permission
> from ULB) issues that cannot be dealt with this late in the game.

Actually - if there is BIPT approval for a transmitter in the GSM spectrum on
the ULB campus, we don't really need further permission from ULB (while they
control the builds, they don't control the radio spectrum).

My main concern is logistics.  I doubt you have BIPT approval to accept IMSIs
not registered with you.  How will you get people to register?  Secondly, I
have doubts about the utility.  As JF mentioned, it's way too late to set up
anything meaningful in the way of SIP to connect the GSM network to the rest
of the world.

I suggest we keep this idea in mind for next year.  Having our own GSM network
at the conference certainly has some benefits, but it needs to be set up with
a bit of forethought if it's going to be successful.

Could you please coordinate with network@ next year?

 - Philip

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