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19 November 2010

Femtocells at Mobile Asia Congress

 This week saw the great and the good of the Asian mobile industry gather in Hong Kong for Mobile Asia Congress 2010. At this year’s event femtocells were again a hot topic with SoftBank Mobile discussing their market-leading free femtocell offering and NEC announcing that it has a femtocell trial in progress in India.

LTE was also a central topic at the show – with Hong Kong operator CSL announcing the roll-out of the network and a raft of other carriers announcing plans on deployments. At Ubiquisys we believe that femtocells will play a central role in these deployments, allowing operators to deliver targeted coverage for initial roll-outs and help offload the exponential growth in data traffic.

At the show we met with a wide range of operators and partners, discussing how our Femto-Engine system provides software to power the free femtocell model for mobile operators and provides hardware designs to consumer electronics manufacturers to incorporate femto functionality into a wider range of devices and form factors.

Ubiquisys-powered femtocells are the only ones that dynamically adapt to the constantly changing 3G radio environment.  This not only eliminates interference problems, but ensures a positive user experience that today's passive femtocells cannot match.  We clearly need to do a better job of getting this message out though, because the number one femtocell concern I heard at the event was.....interference.

As always the event was incredibly valuable and I look forward to attending again next year!

[Guest post by Richard Staveley, VP Business Development at Ubiquisys]