Femto Forum announces Femtocell Industry Awards 2009 Finalists

Winners to be announced at Femtocells World Summit in London

London, UK – The Femto Forum, the independent industry association that supports femtocell deployment worldwide, today 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

“The femtocell industry is rapidly evolving as major advances are made in the technology, standards, services and applications – these awards recognise and reward this progress,” said Simon Saunders, The Femto Forum’s Chairman. “The number of nominations that we received from across the femto value chain has been phenomenal. I congratulate the finalists and look forward to the awards ceremony when the industry will come together and celebrate its achievements so far.”
For more information on the Femtocell Industry Awards, please click here

About The Femto Forum
Femtocells are low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed spectrum to connect standard mobile devices to a mobile operator’s network using residential DSL or cable broadband connections. The Femto Forum (www.femtoforum.org) has been set up to promote the wide-scale adoption of femtocells. The Forum will support and drive the adoption of industry wide standards and common architectures to enable the widespread adoption & deployment of femtocells by operators around the world. It will direct and implement a multi-faceted marketing campaign to raise the profile, drive technology development & deployment and to promote the potential of femto solutions among industry stakeholders, journalists, analysts, regulators, special interest groups, standards bodies and consumers.

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