ip.access, the multi-award winning developer of femtocell and picocell solutions, has developed new 3G Home Routing[tm] technology that connects 3G phones into a home network via its Oyster 3G femtocell. 3G Home Routing uses the Oyster 3G to provide a real-time “bridge” between the user’s home network and any 3G handset, enabling a new generation of entertainment and communications applications for consumers, and allowing them to use their mobile phone in new and exciting ways at home.
Using a femtocell, a 3G phone can connect directly to a home network, enabling new applications such as streaming live video from a home media server to the handset, using the phone to browse the music on the home server and select tracks to play, or displaying a slideshow of phone photos on the TV.
“Femtocells can open up these applications to any 3G handset quickly and easily, putting your mobile phone at the heart of your connected home,” said ip.access VP of Marketing, Dr. Andy Tiller. “Our femtocell-powered 3G Routing technology means there’s no need to have a special WiFi-enabled phone, and you don’t have to spend time configuring any settings either.”
Because all the data traffic is routed locally over the femtocell, the end-user benefits from full HSDPA data rates for all their connected home applications. 3G Home Routing removes the delay associated with carrying data traffic from the phone over the mobile operator’s core network and back, which also saves costs for the operator.
“Femtocells can offer consumers more than just better 3G coverage at home,” said Tiller. “We believe that connected home applications and other ‘femtozone’ services will become compelling reasons for consumers to adopt femtocells.”
ip.access is demonstrating its 3G Home Routing technology at Femtocells Europe 2008, which is being held alongside the Femto Forum plenary meeting at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow, from 23-25th June. As a founding board member of the Femto Forum, ip.access is actively promoting industry-wide initiatives to encourage the development of femtocell applications.
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. ip.access is the company behind the Oyster 3G[tm] femtocell, winner of numerous industry awards including the Best Radio Access Product at the 2007 Global Mobile Awards. The Oyster 3G dramatically increases 3G cell capacity and coverage; improves quality of experience; and drives down costs. Oyster 3G is ready for today’s mobile networks and tomorrow’s IMS infrastructure. The ip.access nanoGSM® is the world’s most deployed picocell solution for cellular networks. It provides GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for offices, shops and using satellite backhaul passenger aircraft, ships and in remote rural areas. With more than 35 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, ADC, Cisco, Qualcomm and Motorola Ventures among its shareholders.