Open base stations

The Open Base Station Architecture Initiative, a forum of over 40 telecommunications companies that was formed in September 2002, has announced that the first OBSAI interface specifications are now available.

The Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI), a forum of over 40 telecommunications companies that was formed in September 2002, has announced that the first OBSAI interface specifications are now available.

The members of the OBSAI, including Intel and Nokia, believe that through the development of the base station specifications, they will be able to develop non-proprietary modules that will reduce the development effort and costs traditionally associated with creating new base station product ranges.

The recently finalised specifications apply to interfaces between a base station’s control, transport, and base band functions. Currently, a number of OBSAI members are working on implementing products based on these interface specifications. As a result, mobile operators will benefit from increased functionality and the ability to get advanced services to market more quickly.

According to OBSAI, by 2005, industry-wide adoption of the interface specifications will accelerate the transition towards an open base station module market which will have a market potential of over $20 billion.

Further interface specifications will be available by October this year.