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Read neighbour cell info from mobile phone?

Posted on 2004-10-20
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Last Modified: 2013-12-09

   I need to get neighbour cell info (nº of neighbour cells and its signals) from mobile ( Nokia 6210) to PC.

   I know this is posible through MBus/FBus protocol, but I don't find the command that give this info. I wonder if somebody know if is this posible and what command can I use. Thank you!

Best Regards,

Question by:andresfulo
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Accepted Solution

SergeiKo earned 300 total points
ID: 12378863
Hello, andresfulo.

I do not know about MBus/FBus protocol, but I can advise you to
1. get drivers for your modem to operate it with AT commands;
2. use AT+CCED command - Cell environment description.

Following is the description of this command:

Cell environment description +CCED:

This command can be used by the application to retrieve the parameters of the main cell and of up to six neighbouring cells. There are two possible methods for the external application to ascertain these cell parameters:
 - on request by the application or
 - automatically by the product every 5 seconds.
Automatic mode is not supported during registration.

Command syntax: AT+CCED=<mode>[, <requested dump>]

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Command                                                           Possible responses
AT+CCED=0                                                        +CCED:208,20,0002,0418,37,706,24,,,0
Note: last request was AT+CCED=0,3                    ,,,0,208,20,0006,989b,37,835,20,208,2
(main cell and neighbors 1 to 6): you                    0,0002,02a9,37,831,12,208,20,0101,79
can see MCC,MNC sequences (here                      66,34,818,13,208,20,0006,9899,39,713
208,20)                                                              ,9,208,20,0002,0a72,33,711,12,208,20,
AT+CCED=0,1                                                    +CCED:208,20,0002,0418,37,706,25,,,0
Note : Only Main cell request                                ,,,0
AT+CCED=0,1                                                    +CCED:208,10,189C,,19,85,,31,32,,0,0,
Note: Call in progress : RXLev and                        OK
RXQual are empty, RxLevFull,
RxLevSub, RxQualFull and RxQualSub
have data.

Defined values:

0 : One shot requested
1 : Automatic shots requested
2 : Stop automatic shots

<requested dump>
1 : Main Cell :
 - if the Cell Identity is available
 - MCC, MNC, LAC, CI, BSIC, BCCH Freq (absolute), RxLev, RxLev Full, RxLev Sub, RxQual, RxQual Full, RxQual Sub, Idle
 - if the Cell Identity is not available
 - MCC, MNC, LAC,, BSIC, BCCH Freq (absolute), RxLev, RxLev Full, RxLev Sub, RxQual, RxQual Full, RxQual Sub, Idle TS

2 : Neighbour1 to Neighbour6 :
 - if the Cell Identity is available
 - MCC, MNC, LAC, CI, BSIC, BCCH Freq (absolute), RxLev
 - if the Cell Identity is not available
 - MCC, MNC, LAC,, BSIC, BCCH Freq (absolute), RxLev

4 : Timing Advance

8 : Main cell RSSI indications (RxLev), in a range from 0 to 31



Author Comment

ID: 12381022
Hello Sergeiko,

Thank you for the information. I'm working with a mobile phone Nokia 6210, which has a modem GSM. This modem work with standard AT commands (GSM 07.05, 07.07), but in this commands there are no any that give neighbour cell info.

There are some AT command, like MONI, MONP and CCED, that get this info, but these are specific commands for some industrials modems.

I would like to know if is posible to get drivers for my modem GSM to work with any of these commands, and where can I obtain these drivers. Other opcion is use any GSM PCMCIA card which use these comands, but I don't find any.

Thanks for advance,

Best Regards,

Expert Comment

ID: 12387658
Hello, andresfulo.

Sorry, but I can only get you some ideas.

I do not know if Nokia 6210's modem support such AT commands (MONI, MONP and CCED), I work with Wavecom GSM modem, but
I would suggest you to ask this information at Nokia. You could write a request to technical specialist about such commands.


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