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 technology concern I heard at the event was… interference.
As always the event was incredibly valuable and I look forward to attending again next year!