Ubiquisys announced today that its joint entry with Intel has won the ‘Non-residential design and technology innovation’ category of the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2012. We received the award for the Ubiquisys smart cell – a small cell base station with a fully integrated cloud computing platform. Smart cells combine a cellular/Wi-Fi small cell with a powerful communications-tuned computing platform based on Intel® architecture. They were demonstrated on a live mobile network at the Small Cells World Summit in London this week.
“It is clear that small cells are a critical tool for building future mobile broadband networks supporting ever increasing traffic loads. However, small cells continue to suffer from the traditional cellular burdens of constrained radio spectrum capacity and challenging mobile backhaul access. Ubiquisys’ smart cell devices overcome these challenges by putting storage and Intel processing power at the edge, enabling local services that no longer require constant backhaul, while also supporting Wi-Fi, thereby adding vital extra capacity,” said Ken Rehbehn, the lead judge for the category and Principal Analyst, Mobile RAN at Yankee Group.
“The judging panel was extremely impressed with both the number and the quality of the award entries. The industry has moved beyond small cells that merely deliver the basics, the award winners demonstrate genuinely well thought out elegant solutions that meet the multifarious practical challenges facing mobile operators today. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners,” said David Chambers, Chairman of the Judges and Editor of ThinkSmallCell.
“We are delighted to have won this award for our Smart Cells, which extend cloud computing to the edge of the network, closer to mobile users,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys. “Through our strategic collaboration with Intel we’ve turned our founding vision into a compelling new class of products, and judging by the initial commercial interest from operators, they will be deployed in vast numbers.”
With support from Intel, Ubiquisys has integrated computing modules into a range of 3G/LTE/WiFi small cell base stations, adding massive processing power and storage at the edge of the network. These modules feature the 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM processor CPU family with data plane hardware accelerators. There are variants based on Intel® Core™ processors for public space hotspots and large enterprise, and Intel® AtomTM processor-based variants for SOHO and residential environments.
The awards were open to the whole industry and are judged independently of the Small Cell Forum by a panel of distinguished analysts, journalists and industry experts, chaired by David Chambers, Editor of ThinkSmallCell.
For more information on the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2012, please visit: http://www.smallcellforum.org/awards/