Femto Forum Femtocell Industry Awards 2010 Finalists Announced

Winners to be announced at Femtocells World Summit in London on June 23rd

London, UK – The Femto Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports femtocell deployment worldwide, today announced the finalists for the Femto Forum Femtocell Industry Awards 2010. The awards recognise outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the femtocell industry. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 23rd June 2010 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 entries from vendors and operators from across the world and the full spectrum of the mobile value chain.

The finalists for the Femto Forum Femtocell Industry Awards 2010 are:

Residential femtocell access point design and technology innovation
•    Huawei – Huawei Home Media Centre
•    Technicolor – TG872 Integrated Femtocell
•    Ubiquisys – The G3-mini Femtocell from Ubiquisys/SerComm

Greater femtocell (enterprise and other) design and technology innovation
•    SpiderCloud – SpiderCloud wireless enterprise radio access network (E-RAN): solving network operators’ network capacity and in-building coverage problems
•    Ubiquisys – Ubiquisys Enterprise Femto Net Solution
•    Ubiquisys – Colo-Node HSPA Metro Femtocell

Femtocell network element design and technology innovation
•    NEC – Femto-Share
•    Nokia Siemens Networks – The most compact and integrated Femto Gateway commercially available
•    Tatara – Tatara Systems’ Convergence Server platform used in Sprint Nextel’s launch of the first 3G CDMA consumer and enterprise femtocell offering in North America

Femtocell application concept
•    Airvana – Airvana’s ‘Femto Family Tablet’
•    Argela – ADz-on + Femtocell/Home Gateway Solution
•    Tatara – FemtoCloud Services

Progress in commercial deployment
•    NEC – Commercial progress
•    picoChip – picoXcell femtocell SoC family
•    Ubiquisys – Commercially deployed by SoftBank Mobile and SFR

Commercial launch
•    AT&T – AT&T 3G MicroCell National Deployment
•    Sprint – Sprint Airave
•    Vodafone – Vodafone Sure Signal

Contribution to femtocell standards
•    Airvana – Airvana Standards Team led by Doug Knisely, VP of technology
•    Alcatel Lucent – Martin Warner- A catalyst in driving 3GPP femtocell specifications
•    Nokia Siemens Networks – Company contribution to femtocell standards

Enabling technology
•    Airvana – UMTS Femtocell Beacon
•    Continuous Computing & picoChip – The world’s first LTE femtocell reference design
•    picoChip – picoXcell™ PC323 – The complete next generation femtocell solution

Judges’ Choice
•    Alcatel Lucent – Wilson Street: Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless technology showcasing smallcells living and working with macrocells for the community of Wilson Street
•    Ubiquisys – The World’s First Sub-$100 Femtocell – the G3-mini
•    Vodafone – Vodafone Sure Signal

Award for Individual Contribution to the Femto Forum
•    Joshua Adelson, Airvana
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Gibson Ang, GENBAND
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Gordon Mansfield, AT&T
•    Mona Mustafa, Vodafone
•    Clare Somerville, picoChip
•    Fabio Chiussi, Airvana & Mark Walker, Ubiquisys

“The past year since the inaugural femtocell industry awards has seen an enormous transformation in terms of deployments and technology. We now have numerous nationwide commercial deployments across Europe, North America and Asia and new products focusing on the enterprise, outdoors and LTE as well as major progress in standards and femtocell applications,” said Simon Saunders, The Femto Forum’s chairman. “This year’s awards recognise and reward this remarkable progress. I congratulate the finalists and look forward to the awards ceremony when the industry will come together and learn from its success stories.”

For more information on the Femto Forum Femtocell Industry Awards 2010, please visit:http://www.femtoforum.org/site/events/awards

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. It has over 120 members including over 55 operators representing 1,4 billion mobile subscribers – 27% of the global total. The Forum supports and drives the adoption of industry wide standards and common architectures to enable the widespread adoption & deployment of femtocells by operators around the world. It also directs and implements a multi-faceted marketing campaign to raise the profile, drives technology development & deployment and promotes the potential of femto solutions among industry stakeholders, journalists, analysts, regulators, special interest groups, standards bodies and consumers.

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