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 Modem™ (FSM™) 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 3G™ 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.”
Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access ltd (www.ipaccess.com) is a leading manufacturer of cost-effective picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. These solutions bring IP and cellular technologies together to drive down costs and increase coverage and capacity of mobile networks.
ABI Research ranks ip.access as the world’s number 1 picocell vendor; its nanoGSM® and nano3G™ picocell solutions provide 2G and 3G coverage and capacity for offices, shops and (using satellite backhaul) passenger aircraft, ships and remote rural areas. nanoGSM is the world’s most deployed picocell, with live installations in more than 50 networks around the world and growing.
ip.access is also the company behind the multi-award winning Oyster 3G™ femtocell technology, which dramatically improves the user experience for 3G services at home. Oyster 3G is the core femtocell technology in AT&T’s 3G MicroCell.
ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, ADC, Cisco, Qualcomm and Motorola Ventures among its shareholders.