FAQ – Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about YateBTS and our RAN and Core Network products.

Which LTE bands do you support?

We support all FDD/TDD bands except for LTE-U bands.
We do support the following bands for LabKit : 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,11,12,13,14,17,18,19,20,21,24,25,26,28,30,31,34,37,38,39,40,41,42,44,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,65,66,68,70,71,
72,73,74,85,87,88

We support the following bands for SatSite:
1,2,3,4,5,7,8,11,12,13,14,17,18,19,20,21,24,25,26,28,30,34,37,38,39,40,41,42,44,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,65,66,68,70,71,74,85

We do NOT support the following bands: 29, 32, 67,69, 75,76.

You can learn more about LTE frequency bands at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTE_frequency_bands

The YateHLR/HSS price - what does it represent?

YateHLR/HSS price on the website is for the software license. 

We can also deliver a hardware solution with the software already installed.

How much is the support going to cost me?

All our products come with 6 months of FREE support. After that is a 10% a year based on the acquired products.

How many devices can I connect simultaneous to the LabKit?

There is no fixed limit. It should support at least 50 or more, depending on how it is configured.

What is the LabKit coverage?

The LTE LabKit coverage is about 10-15 square meters. 

What is the SatSite coverage?

The SatSite coverage differs based on various conditions. The band that the radio cell is used is one important factor and also the environment. The coverage varies in plain field, if the terrain is a forest, village or city.

A radio engineer can calculate exactly the coverage for your project or you can use www.cloudrf.com.

Can I connect my device over wire to the LabKit?

Yes, this is a method used by various clients to perform more exact tests to their devices.

Can I use my own SIMs with the LabKit?

Yes, you can. You will get access to our free Hosted Core for the Core Network part of the testing environment and you will have to add the SIMs there. 
Adding to this, you have to know the SIM’s information, including the KI.

Can I use an existing wireless carrier with the LabKit?

Yes, you can use existing wireless carrier (commercial / public operator’s) SIMs if you have the SIM’s information, including the KI.
This information has to be added in the Hosted Core/MiniCore to register the SIM in the testing environment.

Do you have PCRF?

We have PCEF component in our solutions. PCRF is on the billing side. Nevertheless, we have two billing partners that we are working with (Aradial and Porta One) and can introduce you to.

How many GTP sessions your PGW supports?

On a Ethernet link of 40Gb/s, maximum IPv4 useful data will be 38,4 Gb/s and if IPv6 is used the maximum will be 37,88 Gb/s.

How can I test VoLTE?

We have a VoLTE testing environment. This is the VoLTE Lab. It contains LTE LabKit (a small radio cell)  and a MiniCore (which is an equipment that contains all the core network components, but at a smaller scale: YateHSS/HLR, YateUCN, YateSMSC, YateSTP/DRA)

The VoLTE Lab is shipped with 2 iPhone 6s that have been tested for VoLTE and the main difference between a regular LabKit and MiniCore purchase and a VoLTE Lab purchase is that the VoLTE (IMS) feature is in the core network side, so the kit comes preconfigured with this feature.

Do you support cell broadcast?

We support cell broadcast in YateBTS (working modes: 2G NiPC, 2G roaming, 2G dataroam).
These types of messages imply more than just the RAN component (BTS/ENB).
Usually there is another application that pushes messages to the RAN component and RAN component pushes messages to the phones.
Phone must be set up to receive cell broadcast (emergency) messages. Some phones have this directly built in within the firmware.

Phones have 1000 channels (from 0 to 999) - named CMBR (Cell Broadcast Message Range)
SIMs also have a memory zone that can hold up to 5 broadcast channels.

How can I start an MVNO?

We have worldwide MVMOs as clients. The process might be long and needs plenty documentation, so we build up a page to give you a big picture: https://yatebts.com/solutions_and_technology/how-to-become-a-full-mvno/

How do I start a LTE network?

You can start a LTE network by buying a LTE LabKit, pluging it in, powering it ON and registering it on Test Network.

If I want just the PGW from the UCN, do I get a discount?

We have public pricing and sell the entire license. The price is for all the features and you will get all of them, but can use only some components of it, depending on your needs.

How can I become a reseller?

We have a reseller program and are always looking for new partnerships. You can send us an email on this subject at: sales@ss7ware.com or contact@ss7ware.com and we will provide you the contracts.

Few benefits our resellers have are:

  • Free shipping to any destination worlwide
  • Fixed prices, but we do provide discounts & rebates to our reseller
  • Dropshipping – no need to buy stock
Can I get additional SIMs for my LabKit?

Yes, we can add additional SIM cards if you express your need for the tests you want to perform.

What billing interface do you support?

We do support Diameter RO interface. 

What OSS / BSS do you support?

We don't do BSS/OSS at all. We can adapt to the provider of your choice, or we can introduce you to two vendors that we have completed interoperability tests with.

Do you have existing MVNO customer?

Yes, we have operational MVNOs in many countries are using our solutions. Few of them are in: Spain, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Netherlands etc.


These are 3 successful stories and you can also find testimonials from the clients that are using YateBTS software: https://yatebts.com/solutions_and_technology/best-mvno-list-successful-stories/

Does your free HostedCore allow us to set up MCC+MCN and to change them frequently?

- In any GSM mode, you don't need allowance from the CORE Network to use a PLMN-id (MCC/MNC)
- Only in LTE enb mode, when LabKit is working as an eNodeB you need that MME entity allows PLMN-ID broadcasted by the eNodeB equipment.

So, if you want to test different MCC/MNC in 4G LTE mode, please :
- Give the list of the MCC-MCN you want to use for the next 2 weeks (in order to add it in the Hosted Core as permitted PLMN-IDs)
Ex: 00101, 22201-22210, etc. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Network_Codes_in_ITU_region_2xx_(Europe) )
- This way you won't need to buy a MiniCore, yet*
* I say yet because in time you might want to do tests with VoLTE, Voice over WiFi, or USSD

Straight answer:
- Hosted Core does not allow access to the customer to change the allowed MCC/MNC used in MME, but we can add a list of PLMNs you need there.
- Then you can change the PLMN-IDs from the eNodeB, and broadcast whatever you want. (and if the HostedCore supports it, eNodeB will connect, then UEs will connect)

Do you support Cell Broadcas in your telecom solution?

We support Cell Broadcast in LabKits only in GSM modes. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_Broadcas )

We support Cell Broadcast in YateBTS (working modes: 2G NiPC, 2G roaming, 2G dataroam).
To activate the service you have to log in into LMI (Local Management Interface).

These types of messages imply more than just the RAN component (BTS/ENB)
Usually there is another application that pushes messages to the RAN component and RAN component pushes messages to the phones.

Phone must be set up to receive cell broadcast (emergency) messages. Some phones have this directly build in in the firmware.
Phones have 1000 channels (from 0 to 999) - named CMBR (Cell Broadcast Message Range)
SIMs also have a memory zone that can old up to 5 broadcast channels.

These codes differ for each country/continent.
For example Romania is using only 5 codes for Cell Broadcast (service named: RoAlert).

Test Cell Broadcas with LTE LabKit now!