Nokia Siemens and Ubiquisys jointly push femtocells

Nokia Siemens Networks and U.K.'s Ubiquisys are to jointly market a 3G femtocell system to mobile operators worldwide. The system will use Ubiquisys' ZoneGate intelligent femtocell and Nokia Siemens femto gateway open architecture. The alliance to aggressively jointly market femtocell technology is a significant milestone for the controversial technology.

"The femtocell market is moving at an astonishing speed and 2008 will undoubtedly prove to be 'make-up-your-mind' time for many operators. We are currently involved in 10 trials and expect several to expand into larger deployments later this year," said Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys. "We decided long ago to concentrate on the device and then partner with leading SI vendors who share our vision on the femtocell industry."

Femtocell uptake has lagged in the U.S. with significant trials under way in Europe and Japan. In Europe, carriers typically have licenses to operate 3G wideband CDMA in certain spectrum, whereas in the U.S. the spectrum is often used for different technologies.

For more:
- Nokia Siemens Networks and Ubiquisys Cooperate on femtocells. Release
- Nokia Siemens, Ubiquisys become femto pals. Article

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