OpenBSC GPRS/EDGE Setup page


  • A nano BTS with GPRS or EDGE support. BS-11 are not supported (yet?)
  • A compiled GGSN from OpenGGSN (make sure to use the osmocom version. git:// )
  • A working and up-to-date OpenBSC (see Building_OpenBSC)
    • You will need to (re-)build it after having installed OpenGGSN so that the libgtp is detected and the SGSN binary osmo-sgsn built.
  • A custom SIM for your network
    • Currently osmo-sgsn refuses all roaming, so you need a SIM that matches your custom MCC/MNC network


First a little picture to illustrate the different elements and their interactions :

Compiling OpenBSC with [E]GPRS

The guide below was tested on Ubuntu 11.10 but should work on Debian as well. This guide uses /root for everything.

First you need to download all dependencies:

apt-get install libdbi0-dev libdbd-sqlite3 libtool autoconf git-core pkg-config make libortp-dev

Next, download the OpenGGSN source code:

cd /root
git clone git://

Compile OpenGGSN:

cd /root/openggsn
autoreconf; automake --add-missing; autoreconf; autoconf; automake; ./configure --prefix=/usr/local; make -j 2; make install

Now download everything else:

cd /root
git clone git://; git clone git://; git clone git://; git clone git://

Compile the rest:

cd /root/libosmocore; autoreconf -fi; ./configure; make; make install; ldconfig
cd /root/libosmo-abis; autoreconf -fi; ./configure; make; make install; ldconfig
cd /root/libosmo-netif; autoreconf -fi; ./configure; make; make install; ldconfig
cd /root/openbsc/openbsc; autoreconf -fi; export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig; ./configure; make

You should now have a working copy of ggsn, osmo-sgsn and osmo-nitb on your machine.

OpenBSC configuration

The first step is to configure OpenBSC for gprs support. Add this to the network/bts node in openbsc.cfg:

gprs mode gprs
gprs routing area 0
gprs cell bvci 2
gprs nsei 101
gprs nsvc 0 nsvci 101
gprs nsvc 0 local udp port 23000
gprs nsvc 0 remote udp port 23000
gprs nsvc 0 remote ip

The gprs nsvc 0 remote entries is the IP/port of the machine running the SGSN as seen from the BTS. It will be sent by OpenBSC to the BTS in the configration phase and the BTS will connect back to the SGSN.

The second step is to allocate some timeslots to packet data. For this, just change the 1 or more network/bts/trx/timeslot nodes using :

phys_chan_config PDCH

Osmocom SGSN configuration

Here's a sample SGSN configuration file osmo-sgsn.cfg with some explanations :

! Osmocom SGSN configuration
line vty
 no login
 gtp local-ip
 ggsn 0 remote-ip
 ggsn 0 gtp-version 1
 timer tns-block 3
 timer tns-block-retries 3
 timer tns-reset 3
 timer tns-reset-retries 3
 timer tns-test 30
 timer tns-alive 3
 timer tns-alive-retries 10
 encapsulation udp local-ip
 encapsulation udp local-port 23000
 encapsulation framerelay-gre enabled 0
  • The gtp local-ip entry is the local IP the SGSN will bind to.
  • The ggsn 0 remote-ip entry if the remote IP of the GGSN. The SGSN will connect to it.
  • Those two IPs must be different even if you're running both processes on the same machine. A solution for that is to put several IP aliases on the same network interface or use the loopback interface.
  • The encapsulation settings must be the same IP/port than you've setup in openbsc.cfg

OpenGGSN configuration

The ggsn.conf file is pretty well documented. What is mostly of interest here is :

  • The configuration of the GTP link. (Must match the ggsn 0 remote-ip entry in osmo-sgsn.cfg)
# TAG: listen
# Specifies the local IP address to listen to
  • The configuration given to phones, IP pool & DNS.
# TAG: dynip
# Dynamic IP address pool.
# Used for allocation of dynamic IP address when address is not given
# by HLR.
# If this option is not given then the net option is used as a substitute.

# TAG: pcodns1/pcodns2
# Protocol configuration option domain name system server 1 & 2.

Network configuration

You will also need to configure some networking rules to allow connectivity from tun0. Look up linux networking/nat howtos on google. The basic setup for testing only in a safe environment would be :

bash# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
bash# iptables -A POSTROUTING -s -t nat -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE

(replace eth0 by the interface providing your machine connectivity)


Just start the three processes :

  • ggsn
  • osmo-sgsn
  • osmo-nitb

You can access vty from

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