As the sun sets on another Mobile World Congress, now seems a good time for a round-up of all our news from the show. This year we showcased our largest range of femtocells yet, all developed through our intelligent femto-engine technology.
To kick off, our device partner SerComm unveiled its complete range of 15 design-to-order femtocells for residential, enterprise, rural and metro settings. Meanwhile, new partner Tecom announced its FT1020 residential femtocell – the company’s first move into the femtocell market, with femto-engine enabling a time to market of just 3 months. Public Wireless also showcased six outdoor femtocell platforms – from pico and metro-hotspot units, to micro and macro class devices. These platforms enable multiple technologies (UMTS/WiFi/LTE) or multiple-operators in the same device. All of these devices are enabled by and powered by Ubiquisys femto-engine design, systems and software.
We also used the show to unveil a number of different femto form factors, including the first public outing of our latest femtocell: the G3 micro-mini. The world’s smallest commercial femtocell, the micro-mini pitches in at just 85 by 60 by 15mm (smaller than a pack of cards), opening a whole range of new possibilities for embedding the technology on a range of consumer devices. The SFR USB clip-on femtocell – a USB accessory which attaches to the latest Neufbox DSL home gateway – was also catching the eyes of MNOs and commentators alike.
We’ve also taken strides towards maturing the femtocell supply chain with our Activation System, whose speed and scale is provided by Akamai, the company behind Apple’s iTunes updates. By removing the need for femtocells to have network security keys during manufacture secures the supply chain and encourages supplier diversity. Activation times have been reduced from hours to just a matter of minutes, and the solution has made it possible for our activation system to support 2 million simultaneous activations or recoveries.
Finally, to top off what was already a hugely successful week for us, two new customers launched their femtocell deployments: MegaFon in Russia and Network Norway. What’s most exciting about the Network Norway launch is that it is the world’s first femtocell deployment to offer self-organising network (SON) capabilities to cover business premises. Another Ubiquisys femto-engine unique.
Not a bad start to the year – and we’re not through February yet!