The base station ninjas at OBSAI (the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative) said Friday that it has incorporated LTE into its base station architecture for the first time.

OBSAI is an industry forum devoted to the creation of a suite of open specifications for base station architectures, and this latest news means that the forum’s suite of interface and module specifications now covers the entire range of 3GPP standards.

The initiative has already announced compatibility with EDGE, WCDMA, CDMA2000 and WiMAX interfaces, enabling OBSAI’s range of specifications to remain system agnostic in the mobile broadband debate.

“This is a testament to the foundations of OBSAI’s open standard. When we initially outlined the standard we felt it was important to future proof it as much as possible to allow for the evolution of mobile technology,” said Peter Kenington, technical chair of OBSAI. “The OBSAI specifications allow component and module manufacturers to more easily innovate in specific areas and focus their development budgets, which benefits the whole industry and ultimately consumers through better competition.”