The first GSM call on Niue

February 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm 8 comments

We finally got most of our equipment, set it up on the porch with a small antenna

David makes last minute adjustments to OpenBTS

David makes last minute adjustments to OpenBTS

Within a few minutes of powering it up (and some DNS trickery) we had it working and made the first ever GSM call on Niue.

Tim places the first GSM call on Niue

Tim places the first GSM call on Niue

Frank answers the call

Frank answers the call

Then we celebrated

Then we celebrated

Today we set up the big antenna check the coverage and start work on the provisioning system.

Links: Part 1 Part 3 OpenBTS blog


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  • 3. Daniel M  |  April 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Tim,
    I talked to David and he said that you where the one that was managing asterisk in Nuie, that’s really awesome!
    Well I made a prepay dialplan app the other day and thought that you guys might be able to use it!
    Please email me and I’ll reply with it,


  • 4. jacqui  |  June 9, 2010 at 8:38 am

    this project is awesome!!1

  • 5. jacqui  |  June 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

    i would like to implement a similar network in rural Zambia.i want to connect two where am at is called macha which is a bit developed with GSM coverage,electgricity and internet access using VSAT,the other is not so developed just has internet acess with no electricity(uses solar) and no gsm coverage.they are 40km apart.can open BTS be implemented and how much would it cost?thanx

    • 6. babyis60  |  June 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

      The key question in all GSM deployments is : Do you have or can you get a license to operate in the relevant GSM band?

  • 7. Jide  |  June 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Hi, my name is jide. This news gladdens my heart, especially as some one that grew in a developing country and as been through the nooks and crannies of Nigeria. I think from a social service perspective government of very poor countries in Africa will be willing to give you a free hand to deploy further test or even deploy a commercial version of you technology so that our rural population can link up with the rest of the world. Kudos

  • 8. ISMAEL NOVOA LEYVA  |  August 16, 2011 at 2:37 am

    me interesa probar en jalisco Mexico , que tengo que hacer ya que trabajo en zona rural y no tengo señal de celular


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