Ubiquisys shows 20 new femtocell designs with new features


Simon Bond

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Ubiquisys in Swindon is powering over 20 new femtocells at Mobile World Congress 2011, including consumer femtocells featuring integrated Wi-Fi and OSGi apps, enterprise femtocells that form a self-organising network (SON), and outdoor models that can bring coverage to rural areas via satellite and extra capacity in metropolitan environments.

These all use the Ubiquisys Femto-Engine system which separates device innovation from cellular software complexity.  This modular approach gives leading consumer electronics firms a fast-track to work with operators to produce new types of femtocell devices, safe in the knowledge that the cellular sophistication required for commercial deployment is encapsulated in the Femto-Engine software.

Ubiquisys’ technology is now deployed in volume by several mobile operators across the world, including SoftBank Mobile in Japan and by SFR in France.

“The key value in femtocells is their intelligence, not their miniaturisation. This intelligence, the ability to listen and make autonomous decisions in real-time, opens the door to a new generation of low-cost cells of all sizes that actively complement traditional macro networks,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys. “By encapsulating that intelligence in software, we have released a wave of innovation from leading device manufacturers as they work with operators on new femtocells for new environments.  This is just the start of the proliferation of intelligent femtocell technology.”

  • Public Wireless, a Silicon Valley company specializing in evolved heterogeneous wireless services and solutions, today announced that it is demonstrating six outdoor small cell platforms with the the Femto-engine
  • SerComm has developed 15 distinct femtocell models, covering residential and integrated devices, enterprise, metro and rural. Femtocells developed by the two companies have already been commercially deployed in hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. The range includes 8-call standalone residential models, femtocells integrated into home gateways, USB clip-on femtocells and 16-call enterprise versions with extended range.  All models cover UMTS bands I, II and V, many include integrated Wi-Fi, and others feature options such as Power over Ethernet (PoE). The products also include outdoor small cell femtos with an output of up to 30dBm, specifically designed to meet operators’ needs in rural areas.
  • Tecom, the leading telecom equipment maker in Taiwan, has shown the first model in its femtocell roadmap. The FT1020 residential femtocell features eight calls, 14.4Mbps data and consumes less than 5W of power. It uses a Percello baseband processor from Broadcom.
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