ip.access Becomes Founding Board Member of Femto Forum

ip.access, a leading developer of femtocells and picocells, is one of the initial board members of the Femto Forum, which will support and promote femtocell deployment worldwide. The Forum brings together the foremost femtocell equipment vendors with the major global mobile operators assessing the technology.

The Forum will promote the uptake of femtocell technologies through open standards, market education and ecosystem development. The initial focus will be on pre-competitive standards-focused issues including radio planning & control, device provisioning & management and device to network standardisation. In addition, a marketing task force will promote the benefits of femtocell technology for both operators and subscribers.

“The cost-effective provision of ubiquitous mobile broadband services as well as managing the threat posed by non-traditional telecoms operators represent two of the greatest challenges facing mobile operators today,” said Simon Saunders, Chair of the Femto Forum. “The Femto Forum will illuminate precisely how femtocells meet these challenges as well as marshalling the respective equipment vendors and operators into creating the best possible solutions for the market.”

“We’re proud to be one of the founding members of the Femto Forum. Its inception is a clear reflection of the level of excitement about femtocells in the mobile industry,” said Andy Tiller, VP Marketing, ip.access. “Femtocells are set to become a key weapon in the armouries of mobile operators and it is essential that the technology providers join forces to promote standardisation and industry best practice.”

At the Forum’s first Plenary, which was held before the Femtocell and Home Access Point Conference in London 3-5 July 2007, ip.access took a leading role in some of the working groups which will advance the agenda of the Forum.

About the Femto Forum
Femtocells are cellular access points that connect to a mobile operator’s network using residential DSL or cable broadband connections. The Femto Forum has been set up to promote the wide-scale adoption of femtocells. The Forum will support and drive the adoption of industry wide standards and common architectures to enable the widespread adoption & deployment of femtocells by operators around the world. It will direct and implement a multi-faceted marketing campaign to raise the profile, drive technology development & deployment and to promote the potential of femto solutions among industry stakeholders, journalists, analysts, regulators, special interest groups, standards bodies and consumers. The Forum is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation with founding members including Airvana, ip.access, Kineto Wireless, NETGEAR, Picochip, RadioFrame, Tatara and Ubiquisys.

About ip.access
Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access ltd 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 and solve in-building access problems for mobile operators, opening up new revenue streams while defending existing business. Oyster 3G(TM) is the home access femtocell that dramatically increases 3G cell capacity and coverage; improves quality of experience; and drives down costs. Oyster 3G, which won the 2007 GSM Association Award for Best Radio Access Product, is ready for today’s mobile networks and tomorrow’s IMS infrastructure. nanoGSM picocell provides GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for offices, shops and using satellite backhaul passenger aircraft, ships and in remote rural areas. With over 20 live networks around the world and many more being deployed, ip.access is the partner of choice for operators competing in the new converged marketplace. ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and Motorola Ventures among its shareholders.