Date: 7th February 2008
Cambridge UK and Richardson Texas, 7 February 2008 – ip.access (www.ipaccess.com), the market leader in picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions, and Mavenir Systems (www.mavenir.com), an innovator in service delivery network technology, today announced a partnership to deliver new “femtozone” services for mobile phones.
Beyond improving mobile voice and data quality in homes and offering attractive tariff packages, femtocells hold the promise of enabling brand new services on mobile phones in the home environment and extending fixed mobile convergence (FMC) capabilities. Operators will now be able to deliver the innovative applications desired by consumers, with dynamic selection across mobile, IMS or Web 2.0 service domains.
Typical examples would include parents being able to receive SMS alerts when family members enter or depart the home; presence information updating automatically on social networking sites; and subscribers having a virtual home number which rings all mobiles, traditional phones or PC clients currently in the femtozone at home.
Femto Forum members ip.access and Mavenir Systems are working together to make these new services a reality through the integration of Mavenir’s Femto Zone solutions, based on the Intelligent Convergence Engine (Mavenir ICE™) technology, with ip.access’ multi-award winning Oyster 3G™ femtocell system. Both companies’ technologies are currently in trials with operators globally.
Analysts agree about the importance of femtozone services. “While femtocells are emotionally appealing to mobile operators, creating viable business models is challenging, if they add no more value than just improved coverage or lower-priced calls at home,” said Dean Bubley, wireless industry expert and founder of Disruptive Analysis. “Adding new and innovative ‘at home’ features for customers should broaden the opportunity significantly – although this requires much better integration with application-layer intelligence in the network”.
“Together with Mavenir Systems, we are creating a platform for operators to offer a wide range of new mobile phone services for the home,” commented Dr. Andy Tiller, vice president of marketing for ip.access. “With femtozone services, operators can attract new subscribers with practical and compelling propositions that go beyond the basic FMC offering of cheaper voice calls.”
“Femtozone services will make life more convenient for consumers and help mobile operators offer differentiated convergence services,” said Payam Maveddat, vice president of product management at Mavenir Systems. “Working with ip.access, we are combining traditional mobile voice with femtocell technology to create valuable next generation services. Operators will benefit from a new strategy for services in the home, and new revenue streams, while increased adoption of femtocells will in turn lead to cost savings by offloading voice and data traffic from the outdoor network.”
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Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access ltd (www.ipaccess.com) is a leading manufacturer of cost-effective picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. These solutions bring IP and cellular technologies together and solve in-building access problems for mobile operators, opening up new revenue streams while defending existing business.
ip.access is the company behind the Oyster 3G™ femtocell, winner of numerous industry awards including the Best Radio Access Product at the 2007 Global Mobile Awards. The Oyster 3G dramatically increases 3G cell capacity and coverage; improves quality of experience; and drives down costs. Oyster 3G is ready for today’s mobile networks and tomorrow’s IMS infrastructure.
The ip.access nanoGSM® is the world’s most deployed picocell solution for cellular networks. It provides GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for offices, shops and using satellite backhaul passenger aircraft, ships and in remote rural areas.
With more than 30 live networks around the world and many more being deployed, ip.access is the partner of choice for operators competing in the new converged marketplace.
ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, ADC, Cisco and Motorola Ventures among its shareholders.
About Mavenir Systems, Inc.
Mavenir Systems' solutions transcend barriers dividing networks and accelerate next generation service delivery. Mavenir enables providers to expand revenue streams with an optimized solution. Mavenir's mOne™ is designed to be introduced seamlessly into fixed, mobile and broadband networks, while allowing for scaling cost-effectively from small to very large service deployments. Mavenir is based in Richardson, Texas, and has international offices in Shanghai, China, and Bangalore, India. The company is financially supported by Austin Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners and Alloy Ventures. For more information please visit, www.mavenir.com.
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