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Femto Forum Femtocell Industry Awards 2011 Shortlists Announced

Winners to be announced at Femtocells World Summit in London on 22 June

London, UK – 2 June 2011 – The Femto Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports femtocell deployment worldwide, today announced the shortlists for the Femto Forum Femtocell Industry Awards 2011. The awards recognise outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the femtocell industry. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 22 June 2011 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 Dean Bubley, Founder and Director at Disruptive Analysis. 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 2011 are:

Individual contribution to Femto Forum activities (judged by Femto Forum group chairs)

  • Josh Adelson, for his work while at Airvana
  • Mary Carbin, Rakon
  • Fabio Chiussi, Consultant
  • Tom Lismer, Consultant
  • Mehmet Yavuz, Qualcomm


Residential femtocell access point design and technology innovation (vendor)

  • Airvana – The World’s First and Only IMS-based Dual-mode (2.5G + 3G) Residential Femtocell
  • Picochip – The PC3008 enables the world’s smallest 3G basestation
  • SerComm – Sun Plus Series: An OSGi Femtocell Integrating Mobile Phones into the Home Network Media

Non-residential (enterprise, public access and other) femtocell access point design and technology innovation (vendor)

  • Alcatel-Lucent – Metro Cells: Femtocell technology for increased capacity and coverage in urban and rural environments
  • ip.access – AirHarmony & S8 Enterprise femtocell combined
  • NEC – Network-Norway deploy Enterprise FemtoSpace, for seamless mobility in large, high-traffic business environments         

Femtocell network element design and technology innovation (any)

  • Huawei – Huawei Femto LBO
  • ip.access – OysterCatcher™
  • NEC – NEC Multi-Access Femto Gateway


Femtocell application: new service or technology (vendor or operator)

  • Alcatel-Lucent – Alcatel-Lucent 9360 Small Cell/Femtocell application API, SDK and SW developers outreach
  • Argela – Femto Advertising Application
  • NEC – Social Femtocells

Progress in commercial deployment (vendor or ecosystem)

  • Contela –  Work with SK Telecom
  • Huawei – China Unicom’s 3G Inn Wireless Broadband Service by Huawei Technologies
  • NEC – NEC successfully expand world’s largest IMS-based, residential femtocell network


Commercial deployment – marketing campaign (operator)

  • Vodafone – Vodafone Femto Productline – Best value proposition build and multi market roll out

Commercial deployment – technical implementation (operator)

  • Network Norway – Network Norway Full Coverage: World’s First Self-Organisng Femto Network
  • SK Telecom, Contela & Picochip – Femtocells for data offloading
  • Vodafone – Vodafone Group Best Commercial Deployment Technical Implementation

Contribution to femtocell standards (individual or company)

  • Nokia Siemens Networks – Contribution to 3GPP Releases 10 and 11 – Enhancements to mobility and interference management

Enabling technology (components, subsystems, modules etc.)

  • Picochip – The first single device for LTE small cells
  • Rakon – Rakon’s Convergence Product Family for Femtocells
  • Texas Instruments

Social vision – promoting femtocells for social/ economic/ environmental development

  • ip.access – Lotus/Air Harmony – promoting femtocells for social/ economic/ environmental development
  • NEC – Outdoor small cells for Rural & Developing Communities to bridge the digital divide
  • Tata Elxsi – Femto for Cruise

Judges’ choice

  • AirWalk – Airwalk – Enterprise Femtocells
  • Alcatel-Lucent – Wilson Street Docu-Soap – www.wilson-steet.com
  • Rakon – Ongoing enablement of femtocell market through provision of oscillators

“These awards, like the whole femtocell industry, have transformed out of all recognition since their inception. The overwhelming consensus in the mobile industry is that femtocells represent a critical part of the evolution of mobile networks. This is reflected in the growing number of deployments by almost all the major operator groups as well as the smaller regional players,” said Simon Saunders, The Femto Forum’s chairman. “These awards recognise and reward this remarkable transformation of the mobile industry. 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 2011, please visit: http://www.femtoforum.org/awards2011/

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 137 members including 63 operators representing more than 1.71 billion mobile subscribers – 33% of the global total. Comprised of mobile operators, telecoms hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative start-ups, its mission is to advance the development and adoption of  small cells via femtocells and broader applications of femto technology for the provision of high-quality 2G/3G/4G coverage and services within the residential, enterprise and public access markets.

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