ip.access Signs Femtocell Agreement with Qualcomm

ip.access has signed a femtocell technology development agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated. Terms of the development agreement allow ip.access to develop WCDMA residential and enterprise femtocell products using Qualcomm's Femtocell Station Modem (FSM ) chipset platform. ip.access is also a licensee of Qualcomm's femtocell patent licensing program.

Femtocells are low power access points that create a mobile phone signal in homes, offices, shops and other locations that are hard to reach using a regular outdoor mobile phone network. They provide a cost-effective way for mobile network operators to add extra coverage and capacity to their networks, thereby improving their customers' experience of using a mobile phone.

Network operators in North America, Europe and Asia have been accelerating their femtocell deployments in recent months; in June this year, AT&T completed the national rollout across the United States of its own-brand residential femtocell offering, the 3G MicroCell. The AT&T femtocell is built by Cisco using ip.access' Oyster 3G femtocell technology.

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