Kineto and Ubiquisys collaborate on UMA-enabled femtocell solution
12th September 2006
UMA to address key network integration challenge for femtocells
Milpitas, Calif., and Swindon, UK, Sept. 12, 2006 – Kineto Wireless, Inc., the key innovator and leading supplier of Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology, and UK convergence specialist Ubiquisys Ltd., announced today that the companies are collaborating on a femtocell solution that employs the 3GPP UMA standard to provide mobile core network integration. As a result of this collaboration, operators will be able to implement a standardised, cost-effective and secure access-network system that supports large-scale femtocell deployments, leveraging the existing embedded base of 2G and 3G cell phones.
Femtocells are low-cost cellular access points for mobile operators looking to provide enhanced, in-building 2G or 3G coverage within homes and small businesses. Made possible through recent advances in low-cost 2G/3G silicon, as well as advanced radio frequency planning techniques, femtocells are receiving interest from operators globally. However, key to sustainable, mass-market femtocell adoption is a standards-based core-network connectivity solution that supports cost-effective large-scale deployments. This standards driven approach is central to both Kineto’s UMA-based offerings and the Ubiquisys ZoneGate femtocell system.
“Operators are looking to UMA as a standard for extending mobile voice, data and IMS services over broadband IP access networks,” said Will Franks, chief technology officer at Ubiquisys. “Through our collaboration with Kineto, operators will benefit from our low-cost ZoneGate femtocell technology, combined with a scalable, cost effective access solution that provides consumers with high-quality, low-cost indoor mobile coverage.”
Developed to enable millions of dual-mode cellular/WiFi handsets to integrate into core mobile networks over any broadband connection, the 3GPP UMA standard is ideally suited to address the femtocell access network challenge. By adding UMA support within femtocells, operators will be able to fully realise the coverage, capacity and cost benefits of femtocells with a standardised, cost effective and scalable core network interface.
“We are pleased to be working with a true innovator and leading provider of femtocell solutions on this initiative,” said Gary Sarson, vice president of business development with Kineto Wireless. “Applying UMA to the core network integration challenge promises to accelerate the femtocell market.”
About UMA Technology
Unlicensed Mobile Access (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 application of UMA technology is dual-mode cellular/WiFi handsets, which enable subscribers to automatically roam and handover between cellular networks and public and private WLANs. Leading operators around the world have embraced UMA technology as part of a fixed-mobile convergence strategy, including Telecom Italia, France Telecom/Orange and TeliaSonera.
Ubiquisys is a privately owned communications company formed in 2004 to bring the groundbreaking ZoneGate technology to market. The ZoneGate system cracks the challenge of cost-effective 2G/3G rollout by using innovative femtocell technology to provide fast, reliable, low-cost indoor coverage for consumers using their existing handsets. The system comprises an access point installed in a user's home or small business and a management system integrated with the mobile operator's core network. The ZoneGate access point is a small plug-and-play device that simply and seamlessly connects to a user's broadband gateway. The product integrates seamlessly with the operator’s core network using a range of standards including IUB, UMA and IMS, and can be remotely managed and updated. For more information, please visit www.ubiquisys.com. Media contact: Ed Howson at Temono +44 (0)7740173 051 or email@example.com
About Kineto Wireless
Kineto Wireless is the key innovator and leading supplier of Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) Technology, the 3GPP standard for fixed/mobile convergence. Mobile operators around the globe are selecting UMA to offer subscribers seamless, high-performance mobile voice, data, and IMS experiences over broadband IP access networks. As the leading provider of UMA Technology, Kineto supplies core network solutions through OEM partnerships with major network infrastructure providers, and also provides UMA-compliant software, development tools and support services to mobile silicon/stack suppliers, mobile handset developers, and broadband terminal adapter vendors. For more information, please visit www.kineto.com.
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