Why isn't there an airprobe for other protocols ? (3G, CDMA, LTE)

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Harald Welte laforge at gnumonks.org
Sat Dec 12 23:32:09 UTC 2015

Hi John,

> It is my understanding that other protocols (like CDMA, UMTS, HSPA, LTE)
> have similar unencrypted, broadcast or "beacon" traffic that could be viewed
> the same way ...


> But there are no tools like airprobe for CDMA or 3G or LTE ... why is that ?

I'm not sure if that's correct.  At lest for LTE you should find several
open source implementatiosn that at least claim to be able to decode the
beacon/broadcast channel.

> Is there a technical reason that they are much more difficult, or has it
> just not been done yet out of lack of interest ?

Yes, it is more difficult, as the modulation and encoding schemes are
more complex.  But the fundamental reason is probably that somebody
needs to sit down and get it done.  It's not like there is a magical
group of people that just implements all of this for everyone else to

I'm not aware of a CDMA (IS-95 / CDMA2000) or WCDMA beacon receiver.
But you you can find similar projects for TETRA, GMR and OP25 all under
the Osmocom umbrella.

What's needed is somebody who scratches his (strong enough) itch for
understanding / implementing the related bits of synchronization,
demodulation and decoding.


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