Amitec's Mobile Communication Lab

A Comprehensive mobile communication solution designed using current state of the art technology and real time interface emulating practical and industrial scenario


Complete Lab Package

The Amitec MCL02 is intended for lab use and is ideal for colleges, universities, testing labs. It allows to replicate small 2.5G GSM (Voice + GPRS) cellular network and start making calls in less than an hour.
It allows you to connect a standard GSM mobile phone directly with VOIP networks as SIP endpoint to call PSTN landline or mobile phone on other networks in other locations using a software based GSM BTS .

The lab is complete with base transceiver station, multiband cellular phones, backhaul radio. Base station controller (BSC) functions and operations/maintenance (O&M) and network management system (NMS) functions for controlling the base stations with software provided for exceptional value and performance



Real-time Interface

Setup an indoor Mobile Communication Network emulating a practical network. Understand the basics of modern mobile communication. Comprehensive understanding from Modulation to Scalable network and Encryption. Connect using any mobile phone.

Compact Network in a box interface with integrated Workstation PC. Single box can act as a complete mobile communication system

Area and Scope of Learning

  • Understanding complete Mobile Communication Network including different subsystems. Functioning and role of different components.
  • Integrating separate components to form a scalable network
  • Measure and observe the spectral distribution of GSM frequencies at a given location, decode the channels and geo-locate all the functioning BTS’s
  • Practically understanding the concept of traffic and control channels
  • Understanding the role of different channels such as Paging Channel, TCH, FACCH, SDCCH, SACCH, BCCH, CCCH etc.
  • Configuring the BTS to set Mobile country code, Network operator code, GSM band and ARFCN channel. Understanding the concept of frequency reuse and calculating channel number
  • Differentiating between open and limited registration and their specific application. Configuring according to use case scenario
  • Concept of Phone Number, MSISDN, mobile calling code and allocation of phone numbers
  • Call logging and CDR analysis and importance of Operation and Maintenance Centre
  • Understanding the practical concept of SIM card, IMSI, TMSI, Ki/Kc keys and encryption
  • Working of wireless backhaul radios and configuring the backhaul for various scenarios such as Access Point, Point to Point, Point to Multipoint and Mesh Networking
  • Configure the communication server for IP PBX and VOIP gateway. Understating the role of various protocols such as SIP and RTP
  • Registration of phones to the BTS network and practical working of HLR and VLR
  • Understanding the complete flow of registration with each and every associated channel
  • Transmission and Reception of SMS using mobile network and SMS server
  • List the TMSI of the phones registered on network and its importance in security of network
  • To establish a voice phone call on mobile phone using mobile network, decoding physical and network layer parameters to understand the complete flow control
  • Establish roaming between BTS and User equipment and then configure for call flow
  • Forming mobile sectors with frequency reuse
  • Capture GSM packets using Wireshark and analyse the vulnerability of wireless network
  • SIM programming and use of encryption keys along with different encryption methods available
  • Data communication link using GPRS and understanding the IP data flow via various interfaces and role of SGSN and GGSN
  • Study hard and soft call handoff along with handover
  • Role of backhaul network in designing and planning the network architecture


The complete Lab includes:


  • 1 integrated Network in a Box which includes SDR based GSM transceiver and a PC running Linux
  • 2 quad-band GSM phones pre-loaded with all relevant softwares
  • Complete Wireless backhaul networking setup for emulating Multi-BTS scenario
  • 2 Multi-band Omni antenna
  • 4 programmable SIM cards along with SIM card writer and software
  • Accessories including Mounting Tripod and fixture, N to SMA adapters, power supply etc
  • Comprehensive documentation including:
    • Pre-Lab study material
    • Experiment manual including more than 25 experiments
    • Video Lectures for pre-lab and experimentation.

Technical Specifications

Frequency Range
GSM850, PGSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900Includes all GSM bands
Band Uplink Downlink
850 824–850 MHz 869–895 MHz
900 880–915 MHz
925–960 MHz
1800 1710–1785 MHz
1805–1880 MHz
1900 1850–1910 MHz
1930–1990 MHz
Maximum Output Power+5 dBm ***
Output Level Setting1 dB
Sensitivity-100 dBm
Clock Accuracy< 50 ppb
Factory Calibrated
Carrier Spacing200 kHz
Number of RF Carriers124/374
***Typical operation is at -30dBm for FCC compliant license free safe operation
Call Capacity7 concurrent Full Rate calls
Data Transmission Rateupto 120 kbit/second
Speech CODECFR (Full Rate)
Physical Interface
Rx AntennaN-type
Tx Antenna N-type
Network InterfaceEthernet/IP RJ45
Power Input12V/ 2.5A
Antenna Specification
Operating Frequency700 MHz - 2700 MHz
Type of AntennaOmni
VSWR< 1.5
Nominal Impedance50 Ohm