LTE LabKitTM - Lab EnodeB and LTE Callbox

Use it as a Lab eNodeB LTE & GSM basestation on your desk, or as a test callbox on your production line.

It comes in a light package (5kg or 10 pounds, including the phones).

Includes full Wireshark integration for access under the hood the LTE protocol both on the radio part and the S1 interface (S1AP) toward the core network. 

LTE LabKit with the free Hosted Core service provides the full functionality of an LTE/IMS/GSM/GPRS network.

It is intended for mobile network operators laboratory use, IoT and M2M application development, Callbox for IoT production lines, mobile phone vendors, and researchers.

The LTE LabKit used as a Lab eNodeB allows the easy and stable development of experiments and test procedures with the YateENB.

Unboxing of YateBTS LTE LabKit with David Burgess
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LTE eNodeB LabKit – Unboxing, Setup and Configuration video with David Burgess, founder of YateBTS

Components

The LTE LabKit is a Lab EnodeB running on a small factor PC computer that has preinstalled the following software components:

  • YateENB (eNodeB)
  • YateBTS (BTS)
  • YateLMI (Web management interface)​

Features

  • Wireshark monitoring traffic inside BTS and EnodeB interfaces ( S1AP, GTP )
  • LTE enb working mode (LTE EnodeB connected to a MME, MiniCore or HostedCore)
  • LTE Release 12, FDD (Radio Interface)
  • LTE Release 12, TDD
  • Supports both IPv4 and IPv6 connection
  • GPRS with Local breakout (MS receive data services using their LabKit internet connection)
  • Four working modes:
  • GSM NiPC (Network in a PC)
  • GSM roaming
  • GSM dataroam
  • LTE eNodeB
  • Outbound connection through SIP/IAX in NiPC mode
  • Works both stand alone and with external components

LTE specifications

  • Radio interface
    LTE Release 12 FDD, LTE Release 12 TDD
  • Available bands
    any TDD or FDD band up to 3.5 GHz, filters and antennas provided for bands 5 and 8
  • Operating bandwidth
    1.4, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 MHz
  • Maximum connected UEs
    no fixed limit
  • Service range
    10m
  • MAC specs
    localized or distributed VRBs, proportional fairness scheduling
  • Antenna configuration
    1×1 (SISO)
  • Output power
    up to 70mW (18 dBm)
  • Network interface
    IPv4; IPv6
  • Management interface
    Yate telnet console, SNMP (if configured), LMI

Communication Interfaces (LTE)

  • S1-MME
    S1AP, YateENB ↔ MME
  • S1u
    GTP, YateENB ↔ SGW and YateENB ↔ MME
  • SIP, RTP
    YateBTS ↔ VLR (GSM only)
  • Gi
    YateBTS in nipc mode
  • SGi
    IP, connects to Public Data Network

Communication protocols (LTE)

  • GTP-U
    or S1u interface
  • S1AP
    Signalling for LTE enb mode
  • HTTP
  • JSON API server for configuration and subscriber management
  • JSON API for monitoring and information retrieval
  • JSON and REST API for sending SMS
  • OpenVPN
    Securely connects LabKit to YateUCN/MiniCore/HostedCore through a direct connection
  • SNMP (if configured)
    Signalling for LTE enb mode
  • Telnet
  • Management CLI
  • Optional SSL and password protection

GSM specifications

  • Radio interface
    phase 2+ GSM/GPRS
  • Services support
    GSM-FR speech, SMS
  • Available bands
    GSM850, EGSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900; filters and antennas provided for 850 and 900
  • Call capacity
    up to 28 full rate concurrent calls
  • Service range
    30m
  • Output power
    up to 70mW (18 dBm)
  • Software
    YateBTS public release
  • Network interface
    IPv4; IPv6
  • Management interfaces
    Yate telnet console, SNMP (if configured), LMI

Communication Interfaces (GSM)

  • SIP connects to YateUCN / MiniCore

Communication protocols (GSM)

  • HTTP
  • JSON API server for configuration and subscriber management
  • JSON API for monitoring and information retrieval
  • JSON and REST API for sending SMS
  • SNMP (if configured)
  • SNMP v2 or v3 for information retrieval
  • Traps sending for alarms
  • Telnet
  • Management CLI
  • Optional SSL and password protection
  • Voice
  • SIP and RTP
  • G711, GSM and AMR codecs
  • SIP
  • Supported standards (RFC3261)
  • B2BUA for calls
  • RTP (RFC3550) with sideband
  • DTMF (RFC2833)
  • SMS and USSD over IP
  • SMS
  • Format: SMS PDU (MO and MT) (BTS → RAN)
  • SIP MESSAGE transport (SMS over IP, R-PDU format) (BTS → CORE)
  • CDR
  • Flexible file format
  • Automatic file rotation
  • Optional file transfer: FTP, SFTP
LTE LabKit Physical specs: size and weight

Physical specs

  • 23.5 cm depth / 24.5 cm width / 10.5 cm height
  • Weight: 2.5 kg
image showing the two USB 3, HDMI, DVI, ethernet ports, and power connector on the back of LTE/GSM LabKit

Hardware Interfaces

  • 1
    Dual Gigabyte ethernet
  • 2
    DVI and HDMI video*
  • 3
    USB for mouse and keyboard
  • 4
    12V Power supply, 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz (included)

*Due to radio interference, we strongly recommend to use DVI/HDMI connectors only for the initial setup

image with LTE/GSM LabKit package: Two smartphones, one WiFi dongle, Filters, Antennas, sim cards and user manual

What you get:

  • 1
    LabKit (mini-ITX PC + bladeRF + software)
  • 2
    LabKit power adapter
  • 3
    Two antennas for 850/900/1800/1900 MHz operation
  • 4
    filters for LTE Band 5 (GSM 850) and LTE Band 8 (EGSM 900)
  • 5
    Two smartphones and chargers
  • 6
    use of the hosted YateUCN core network
  • 7
    10 SIMs configured for Hosted Core and NiPC
  • 8
    USB Wifi Adapter