Last week’s Femtocells Americas event in San Diego provided yet more evidence of the growing commercial momentum of femtocells and small cells. It was also great to see so no fewer than five presentations from operators running Ubiquisys technology, three of them deploying in the Americas. These included:
- Mosaic Telecom
A multi-play operator based in rural Wisconsin, Mosaic has a reputation for innovation – it has already launched LTE, for example. Mosaic’s new residential femtocell solution combines a number of firsts, not least that it runs in the AWS band of UMTS.
- SoftBank Japan
After the devastation caused by the tsunami, SoftBank responded with a combination of small cells, satellite backhaul and battery/generator power, to achieve a remarkably rapid restoration of mobile service.
There was also a presentation from our own GM Americas, Monty Johnson. The presentation, which you can view below, demonstrates that femtocell technology is primarily about intelligence encapsulated in software, not miniaturisation. It is this intelligence that has been developed to provide new cost-effective and highly scalable solutions for enterprise and public space (small cell) environments.
Finally, Monty gave an update on the work that Intel and Ubiquisys have been doing on EdgeCloud® devices and applications. Part intelligent cell, part cloud computing platform, EdgeCloud technology promises to change the economics of small cell backhaul and bring cloud apps closer to the ever-growing ranks of smartphone and tablet users.