Femtocell Industry Awards 2009 Finalists Announced

The Femto Forum, the independent industry association that supports femtocell deployment worldwide, has announced the finalists for the inaugural Femtocell Industry Awards. The awards recognise outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the femtocell industry. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 24th June 2009 at Femtocells World Summit in London.

The awards were open to the whole industry and are judged independently of the Femto Forum by a panel of distinguished analysts, journalists and industry experts, chaired by Professor William Webb, Head of R&D at Ofcom. The awards attracted more than 70 entries from companies around the world and across the mobile value chain.

The finalists for the Femtocell Industry Awards 2009 are:
1. Femtocell or femtocell network element design and technology innovation
Bewan Systems - Femtocell residential gateway
ip.access Ltd - nano3G
Motorola Inc - Digital picture frame

2. Femtocell service (commercial, prototype or demo)
ip.access Ltd - Facebook virtual fridge notes
Softbank Mobile Corp - IMS-based Femto trial
Ubiquisys Ltd - Podcast sync

3. Progress in commercial deployment (vendor or ecosystem)
NEC Corporation - Commercial contracts and live trials
Softbank Mobile Corp - Metro area trial
Starent Networks/Airwalk Communications/Cellcom/Mavenir Systems - Multi-vendor femtocell solution

4. Significant progress or commercial launch by a large carrier
Softbank Mobile Corp - Launch
Sprint Nextel Corp - Launch
Vodafone Group Services Ltd - Trial

5. Significant progress or commercial launch by a small carrier
Cellcom - Launch
Chungwa Telecom Co Ltd - Launch

6. Contribution to femtocell standards (individual or company)
Alcatel Lucent - General contribution to femtocell standards
Nokia Siemens Networks - General contribution to 3GPP femtocell standard
Taka Yoshizawa - Contribution to femtocell management standardisation

7. Enabling technology (components, subsystems, modules etc.)
Epitiro - Femtocell test suite
Kineto Wireless Inc - Femtocell gateway controller
picoChip Designs Ltd - Optimized system-on-chip solution

8. Social vision - use of femtocells for social / economic / environmental development
Alcatel Lucent - Consumer research into femtocell usage patterns
Sagem Communications - Ecodesign
Softbank Mobile Corp - Niimi project

9. Award for individual contributions to Femto Forum activities
Chris Cox of ip.access - For coordinating the FemtoZone at Mobile World Congress
Chris Fenton of Telefonica-O2 - For achieving architectural consensus in the Network & Interoperability working group
Taka Yoshizawa of Thomson - For leading the Management subgroup to completion of TR-196
Aya Mukaikubo of Softbank Mobile - For wide-ranging contributions to the Marketing & Promotion and Regulatory Working Groups as well as the Services Special Interest Group
Dave Nowicki of Airvana - For leading the business case modeling work to an outstanding conclusion
Alan Law of Vodafone & Chris Smart of picoChip For coordinating the interference management white paper.

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