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OAIBOX Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A OAIBOX includes both hardware (HW) and software (SW) solutions. The hardware depends on the OAIBOX model (40, 200 or 400) and is described here. The software includes the latest stable versions of the OAI CN5G + OAI gNB, and the OAIBOX Dashboard Premium version. All OAIBOXes come with a set of hours and a dedicated channel for technical support. The OAIBOX Dashboard has two versions, Premium and Free. The Premium version is included with any OAIBOX model and provides a set of features to facilitate the real-time monitoring of the OAI CN and RAN metrics. The Free version, on the other hand, can be configured to run on your own OAI 5G testbed, but supports less features than the Premium version.

OAIBOX is a 5G NR SA testing solution for research labs based on OpenAirInterfaceTM, the leading open source 5G RAN and Core Network software suite. OAIBOX is a product (HW+SW) that facilitates the use of OAI for 5G testing, prototyping, and training. The solution is for indoor use. Please note that OAIBOX is not qualified for 5G commercial deployment.

Our experience tells us that some OAI users face challenges in selecting the best HW configuration to run OAI with optimum throughput and stability. OAIBOX was designed to be a compact, portable, and cost-effective solution. Our OAIBOX solution includes a COTS UE, from Quectel, with a 5G SIM card already configured for a plug-and-play setup experience, nonetheless other COTS UEs are also supported (e.g., iPhone 14). OAIBOX currently has the world record of over-the-air 5G SA throughput using OAI.

The OAIBOX product line includes an OAI distribution tested by our team and optimised for the selected OAIBOX HW configuration. Moreover, by purchasing OAIBOX, you will also get the OAIBOX Dashboard Premium version, with our exclusive support services.

The OAI project team is doing an excellent job in developing and testing advanced features of the CN and 5G RAN, with an ambitious roadmap. Usability, however, had not been a top priority. Therefore, we have developed OAIBOX Dashboard, a web-based dashboard that facilitates the real-time monitoring of CN and RAN metrics. Of course, you can complement your testing using the OAIBOX with other tools, such as Wireshark, for deep packet inspection and a better understating of the 5G protocol stack in a live test network (from the CN to the UE).

OAIBOX operates in any 3GPP TDD Band from Frequency Range 1 (below 6GHz). To avoid harmful interference, the EIRP is limited to 10dBm (10mW). OAI allows the configuration of the central frequency to avoid bands being used by local MNOs, and we are happy to assist you with that. You can also ask for a trial license from your telecommunications regulator. Alternatively, you can use an RF cable kit to perform real testing without over-the-air transmission. The RF cable kit is optional in our OAIBOX offer. Please get in touch with us for details.
We are gradually investing in the OAIBOX solution to make it compliant with the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) of the O-RAN architecture through standardised interfaces. Once we release these features, our customers will immediately be notified.
The OAIBOX Dashboard Premium comes with the purchase of any OAIBOX product. Currently, it cannot yet be purchased separately.
For up-to-date information on the differences between these two versions, please go here.
Our current OAIBOX offer is a monolithic solution where the RAN and CN are integrated into the same HW. However, our team is working with the OAI Software Alliance on implementing and testing the F1 split (CU-DU) and the 7.2 split (DU-RU). An OAIBOX-DU for O-RAN test setups is on our roadmap. Please contact us for more details.
After completing/exausting the hours of hands-on training with our OAI experts, you should be able to run end-to-end tests alone, reaching the maximum throughput of your OAIBOX model. In case you need extra help with specific requirements, you can purchase additional hours of support.

Yes, please get in touch with us. Our team of experts will assess the feasibility of your project requirements based on our deep understanding of OAI and manpower availability. We believe in honest communication and transparency as a foundation for successful project implementation.

Being open source, you can change the code to implement and validate your advanced R&D algorithms. The OAIBOX Dashboard works as an abstraction layer and will continue exposing the metrics, however, if mistakes are made when applying such changes, you can always recover the OAIBOX baseline configuration through a simple click in the OAIBOX Dashboard.

Allbesmart is the high-tech company behind OAIBOX. The company was established in 2015 and is based in Portugal. We are a team of 12 engineers with a strong background in 3GPP networks and computer science (PhD level). We are associated members of the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance and key contributors/testers of the OAI code. We were the first team in the world to demonstrate a stable 800Mbps link with a COTS UE using a 5G SA open-source stack. We work for big industry names in 5G topics such as V2X, RAN disaggregation, PHY HW acceleration and NTN. The European Space Agency is one of our clients.
Yes. You can use a network protocolo analyzer (e.g., Wireshark) to capture packets transmitted between the CN and the UE. Please check our video, here.
For up-to-date information on the number of supported users, please go here.
Yes. You can use an HDMI cable to connect the OAIBOX to an external display.
Yes, but requires customized configurations. Please contact us.
OAIBOX Dashboard Free version FAQs
You need to register and follow the steps provided here.

Yes. Before purchasing the OAIBOX, we invite you to register and follow our step-by-step tutorial to install the OAI software (OAI CN5G + OpenAirInterface5G). You can run OAI and the OAIBOX Dashboard Free version, even without any SDR HW, by using the OAI RFsimulator.

For up-to-date information on the differences between these two versions, please go here.