London, 29th September 2010 – Ubiquisys, the leading provider of 3G femtocells, has received the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the Wireless category for its G3-mini, the smallest femtocell in its small cell range. The announcement reflects a successful year which has seen the company achieve mass deployments with SoftBank Mobile in Japan and SFR in France as well as being named the world’s number one femtocell vendor for the third consecutive year by ABI Research.
Now in its tenth year, the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards received nearly 600 applications with entries being judged on three criteria: whether the innovation breaks with conventional ideas or processes in its field, whether it goes beyond marginal improvements on something that already exists and whether it will have a wide impact on future technology in its field or in other fields.
Femtocells are tiny plug-and-play access points for mobile phones. Originally designed for providing indoor 3G coverage for homes, where they plug into the broadband connection, Ubiquisys has since developed femtocells to provide low-cost coverage and capacity options for businesses and outdoor public spaces.
Ubiquisys has transformed the consumer proposition for femtocells by enabling operators to offer them for free. This is a direct result of the company’s Femto-Engine software and business model that has driven down the wholesale cost. In May this year SoftBank Mobile in Japan began offering free G3-mini femtos to all of its residential, retail and small-office customers, the first mobile operator to do so.
“Winning this award from one of the world’s most respected publications reflects a highly successful year, where we have combined mass deployments with the completion of our small cell range,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys. “The G3-mini femtocell changes the economics of femtocells by enabling universal free offers.”
The G3-mini is the class-leading residential femtocell. Standing at just 8cm tall, it delivers 8 simultaneous calls and 14.4 Mbps HSPA data. It sets new environmental standards too, with an energy consumption of just 4.5W. From a consumer’s point of view, Ubiquisys’ unique adaptive radio technology ensures a dependable user experience and eliminates interference problems.
Ubiquisys is ranked the #1 femtocell vendor by ABI Research Inc, with commercial deployments including SFR in France and SoftBank in Japan. Its Femto-Engine system creates a complete ready-to-deploy software femtocell, providing proven self-organising capabilities off-the-shelf.
Ubiquisys Hardware Blueprints enable manufacturers to rapidly produce low-cost “Engine-Ready” femtocells for Consumer, Business, Enterprise Self-Organising Networks (SONs), Metro and Rural applicationsUbiquisys investors include 5 Continents Consulting Group (5CCG), Accel Partners, Advent Venture Partners, Atlas Venture, Google, T-Mobile Venture Fund and Yasuda Enterprise Development Co. (www.ubiquisys.com)