Tim and David’s Excellent Island Telephony Adventure

Event: April 16th, 2010

Tim Panton and David Burgess describe the project to deploy the first GSM phone system to the small island nation of Niue.

The system consists of OpenSource software and (largely) commodity hardware. The project uses OpenBTS, Asterisk and USRP. Tim will try to describe (with help from OpenBTS‘s David Burgess) the technical, regulatory and logistical challenges that we faced before we could make the first call. See also David Burgess’ presentation at eComm 2009.

David Burgess, last minute tweaks

VUC regular contributor Tim Panton has been a software developer and consultant at Westhawk Ltd more than 25 years, working on a diverse range of projects, from chemical plant simulation to tourism web sites. He is also a contributor to open source projects, in particular GJTAPI a framework for implementing JTAPI (The Java Telephony API) and Westhawk’s Java SNMP stack. In recent years Tim has been predominantly involved in Asterisk development and implementation, working closely with key industry players he has been championing innovative integration of voice technologies . Tim is also the technical director of PhoneFromHere.com Ltd.

LINKS from the discussion.


OnSIP April 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Neat blog series. Can we get a little background on how this came about? What are the network needs of Niue? Any challenges?

Martyn Davies May 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Great show, very interesting. Well done Tim and David.

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