Wednesday, 15 September 2010 22:38

ip.access signs Femtocell Agreement with Qualcomm

By Liz Hartney

ip.access, the award-winning developer of femtocell and picocell solutions, has signed a femtocell technology development agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated.

Cambridge, 15 September 2010 - ip.access, the award-winning developer of femtocell and picocell solutions, has signed a femtocell technology development agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated. Terms of the development agreement allow ip.access to develop WCDMA residential and enterprise femtocell products using Qualcomm's Femtocell Station Modemâ„¢ (FSMâ„¢) chipset platform. ip.access is also a licensee of Qualcomm's femtocell patent licensing program.

Femtocells are low power access points that create a mobile phone signal in homes, offices, shops and other locations that are hard to reach using a regular outdoor mobile phone network. They provide a cost-effective way for mobile network operators to add extra coverage and capacity to their networks, thereby improving their customers' experience of using a mobile phone.

Network operators in North America, Europe and Asia have been accelerating their femtocell deployments in recent months; in June this year, AT&T completed the national rollout across the United States of its own-brand residential femtocell offering, the 3G MicroCell. The AT&T femtocell is built by Cisco using ip.access' Oyster 3Gâ„¢ femtocell technology.

'Our FSM chipset provides a highly integrated solution including radio frequency capabilities, baseband, network listen, GPS and a 1 GHz SnapdragonTM-based processor,' said Ed Knapp, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Qualcomm Flarion Technologies. 'The FSM reduces the cost of a femtocell access point while providing best in class interference management techniques and other advancements. ip.access has established a leading position in this exciting new technology area, and we are very pleased to be collaborating with them.'

'Femtocells and picocells are becoming an important part of today's 3G networks, and will be increasingly used as part of future network evolutions,' said ip.access CEO Stephen Mallinson. 'We are now seeing a mature femtocell ecosystem with diversity of supply for all of the key technology components. Qualcomm's expertise, industry knowledge and connections make them a valuable potential supplier for ip.access.'

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