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Femto Forum signs up major operators, vendors

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:femtocell? open standard? network?

The Femto Forum has extended its membership to include major operators and equipment vendors that are already actively participating in its working groups. The new members join the seven original founders of the group that include Airvana, ip.access, NETGEAR, picoChip, RadioFrame, Tatara and Ubiquisys

The forum now includes the following new members: Alcatel-Lucent, Aricent, Azaire Networks, Bharti Airtel, Bouygues Telecom, Carphone Warehouse Networks, Celcom, Continuous Computing, General Communication Inc, Kineto Wireless, Mapesbury Communications, Mavenir Systems, MobileOne, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Orascom Telecom, PCCW Mobile HK Ltd, Pirelli Broadband Solutions, Rakon, Rogers Wireless, Reef Point, Sagem Communications, SerComm, Sonus Networks, Starent Networks, Telefnica O2, Thomson, Unwired Australia, UTStarcom and ZTE Corp. Among the new members, Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks and Telefnica O2 have been elected to the board.

Working groups
The Femto Forum works to promote the uptake of femtocell technologies through open standards, market education and ecosystem development. The forum has established four working groups which address the key issues affecting the femtocell industryRegulatory; Network and Interoperability; Radio and PHY; and Marketing and Promotion. The working groups have worked over the past three months to agree the key issues to be addressed to ensure the rapid and effective deployment of femtocells to support a wide variety of customer propositions and operator business models.

The regulatory group identifies regulatory benefits and potential issues pertaining to public policy in various strategic markets around the world and works with regulators to ensure a benign environment for rapid and efficient femtocell deployment. The network and interoperability group promotes standardized requirements, architectures and interfaces for integrating femtocells into the network core and ensuring multi-vendor interoperability. The radio and PHY group develops standardized RF interfaces, clarifying the various capability classes of femtocell and examining interactions with outdoor cells. The marketing group is tasked to see at how the industry should best position femtocells within the industry and to the wider public; build usage cases; agree common terminology and manage any potential concerns.

'Unrelenting pace'
"Since the launch of the Femto Forum on July 2 this year, the development of the femtocell industry has continued its unrelenting pacerecently seeing the first commercial deployment. The simple proposition of lower costs, for both operators and consumers, combined with improved coverage and services is proving to be compelling," said Simon Saunders, chairman of the Femto Forum. "The Forum's work is now in full flow, with the major femtocell vendors and component providers actively working with operators to ensure that their products interoperate and meet the necessary demands to ensure successful widespread deployments."

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