UMA Innovator Joins Femto Forum

Kineto Wireless, Inc., the key innovator and leading supplier of UMA technology, announced it has joined the Femto Forum, an independent body formed earlier this month to support and promote femtocell deployment worldwide. The forum brings together the foremost femtocell equipment vendors with major global mobile operators assessing the technology.

In addition to the promotion of femtocell deployment, the forum is focused on addressing several key technical issues, including radio planning and control, provisioning and management, and device-to-core network connectivity. As the core network technology behind a growing number of large-scale, dual-mode handset deployments, the 3GPP UMA standard is now being recognized as the de-facto standard for device-to-core network connectivity in the femtocell market as well. Recently, Kineto initiated interoperability testing between femtocell access points and its industry leading UMA Network Controller (UNC), and has already completed testing with Ubiquisys, the number one femtocell access point vendor.

“The femtocell industry is starting to appreciate the three year head start UMA has over proprietary approaches being proposed for device-to-core network connectivity,” said Patrick Tao, Kineto’s vice president of technology. “As the technology behind successful l dual-mode handset services, such as unik from FT/Orange and T-Mobile’s Hotspot @Home, the 3GPP UMA standard has already identified and addressed the real-world deployment issues operators face in bringing femtocells to market. These issues include security, device authentication, access controls, handover, regulatory compliance, as well as scalability to support millions of endpoints.”

“The femtocell market holds tremendous promise for mobile operators,” said Stuart Carlaw, research director with ABI Research. “Device-to-core network connectivity is a challenge that the Femto Forum and the market must overcome; UMA may play a key role in speeding femtocell deployment timelines.”

A recent study from ABI Research forecasts that there will be 102 million users of femtocells products on 32 million access points worldwide by 2011.

About UMA Technology
UMA technology is the 3GPP global standard for fixed-mobile convergence. UMA enables secure, scalable access to mobile voice, data and IMS services over broadband IP access networks. By deploying UMA technology, mobile operators can deliver a number of compelling fixed-mobile convergence services. The most well-known applications of UMA include dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handsets and 3G/2G femtocells access points. Leading operators around the world have embraced UMA technology as the foundation for their fixed-mobile convergence strategy, including France Telecom/Orange, T-Mobile US, TeliaSonera, Telecom Italia, and Cincinnati Bell.

About Kineto Wireless
Kineto Wireless is the key innovator and leading supplier of UMA technology, the 3GPP standard for fixed-mobile convergence. As the leading provider of UMA technology, Kineto supplies core network solutions through OEM partnerships with leading network infrastructure providers, and also provides UMA-compliant software, development tools and support services to mobile platform suppliers, mobile handset developers, and other consumer electronics vendors. Kineto was recently named as the recipient of the 2006 Financial Times (FT) World Communications Award for innovation in technology for its role in UMA.

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