- Software defined radio hardware supports a wide range of wireless base stations across a wide frequency spectrum, from WiFi, Bluetooth, beacons, Zigbee, to LoRa base stations, from UMTS to LTE without a truck-roll or equipment upgrade.
- App-enabled base stations allow simple migration between use cases and technologies via apps from App Stores.
- The open source hardware and software solution will allow all vendors and operators to optimise their costs
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona Feb. 22, 2016
The telecom industry is seeing its revenues from calls and SMS being attacked by over the top players like Facebook and Google. At the same time they are asked to invest in more and faster networks. What the telecom world needs are solutions to reduce costs, reduce complexity, roll-out new solutions faster and most importantly generate new revenues. Lime Micro and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, are collaborating to disrupt the wireless telecom equipment field with a low-cost, flexible alternative to standard base stations that focuses on bringing innovative solutions to the telecoms top problems.
The LimeSDR is a low-cost software defined radio which through apps can be programmed to support any type of wireless standard, e.g. UMTS, LTE, LoRa, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID, Digital Broadcasting, etc. Telecom operators will be able to move between different generations of mobile technology by upgrading software apps without any complexity. They will be able to add additional standards via apps, e.g. LoRa. By making the platform open source, different hardware manufacturers will be able to cost optimise and bring to market base stations at never seen prices. At the same time via app-enabling the base stations new revenues can be generated by the telecom operators. Apps can add new paid services for subscribers, monetization of over-the-top player solutions, cloud integrations, etc. The time to roll-out new solutions will also be dramatically reduced because app development can be done by a large ecosystem of developers with open tools instead of a small group of very expensive experts in proprietary ways.
“Radio Access Technology has been the bottleneck in the implementation of programmable and cost effective Networks. The wireless industry is poised for a significant change in favor of operators who now have the option to universally and economically deploy networks that are based on Open Source hardware such as LimeSDR. Our partnership with Canonical signifies a major step in ensuring the contribution of like minded developers to provide applications for feature reach networks of the future.” says Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO of Lime Micro
“Traditional telecom equipment suppliers are making mobile base stations as proprietary as possible. This is good for their margins. Telecom operators however need lower costs, more innovation, faster time to market, interoperability, manageability and new revenues. Open Source and App-Enablement are the solution.” says Maarten Ectors, VP of IoT and Next-Generation Networking at Canonical.
In the mid-term the LimeSDR will allow developers to come up with new standards that are easy to use and optimised for specific use cases instead of designed by committee to serve most. The LimeSDR will be the “Arduino for the telecom and wireless engineer”. You no longer have to be a large corporation to innovate in the wireless communication space.
You can see the LimeSDR on the Mobile World Congress booths from Canonical (Ubuntu in Hall 3 3J30) and Lime Micro (in Hall 7 7O36MR). After MWC the LimeSDR will be available for pre-ordering via Crowd Supply. To make sure SoDeRa base stations are put into production as soon as possible and operators work as fast as possible towards this, Lime Micro will be working with one operator per country and give them for a limited time frame exclusivity. Starting immediately telecom operators will be able to secure exclusive per-country collaboration with Lime Micro to certify SoDeRa mobile base stations and roll-out substantially cheaper mobile base stations than their competitors. Operators who are interested in this, can contact Lime Micro.