It’s becoming a lot easier (relatively) to deploy your own GSM system. Both with positive and negative consequences.

For example, telecommunications in Libya has been made possible recently through a new network set-up by the rebels. It’s an interesting read. The systems, which fit in a briefcase, are made by  Tecore.

I first came accross this at Hacking At Random, a conference/festival for hackers organised in 2009. Visitors could connect to a local GSM tower and text each other for free, amongst other things.

One of my favourite artists, Henrik van Leeuwen, has created an artwork using the exact same technology. By ‘faking’ a real GSM provider he got mobile phones at the Sandberg Institute for Design to connect to his network, and then the fun started. Unfortunately, I can’t find any details on his website.