Ubiquisys collaborates with Texas Instruments to develop intelligent small cells

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First dual-mode WCDMA/LTE metro cells to combine macro-class performance with the intelligent automation of femtocell networks

Swindon, UK – 11 May 2011 – Ubiquisys, the developer of 3G and LTE intelligent cells, today announced its collaboration with Texas Instruments (TI) to develop a new generation of small cells designed to meet the strong growth in mobile data consumption. These cells will combine TI’s proven carrier-grade infrastructure solutions with Ubiquisys’ adaptive and self-organizing capabilities based on commercially proven small cell networks. The result is an adaptive small cell that provides maximum performance and capacity with minimum cost of ownership.

Mobile service providers are preparing for sustained and unprecedented growth in mobile data consumption, driven by smartphones, tablets and dongles. Macrocell augmentation, spectrum additions and LTE provide some of the extra capacity, but most of the load will be shouldered by a major proliferation in public small cells. By creating a much denser mobile network closer to the point of use, users will experience data performance that approaches headline rates.

Dual-mode WCDMA/LTE small cells have a number of advantages. They provide a smooth migration to LTE, whilst providing the near-term need for WCDMA capacity and maintaining support for voice services. There are also significant power consumption and Capex advantages over separate systems.

The collaboration will fuel a new range of dual-mode WCDMA/LTE small cells for public space and metro environments, such as base stations designed for mounting on walls or street furniture, with performance up to 150Mbps LTE plus 64 calls/84Mbps WCDMA. The first products will be available in 1H 2012.

These cells dynamically complement the macro network, adapting to changes and autonomously forming Self-Organizing Networks (SON). They use commodity internet connections to reach the mobile core network. This combination of intelligence and flexibility dramatically reduces deployment and operational costs.

“Our  infrastructure System-on-Chips (SoCs), based on our unique KeyStone multicore architecture, set new standards in combining processing power, economics and system energy savings,” said Brian Glinsman, general manager, communications infrastructure, Texas Instruments. “Through our collaboration with Ubiquisys we are creating the blueprint for the small cell revolution.”

“Today we mark the true start of the small cell era,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO Ubiquisys. “The combination of macro-class performance with small cell intelligence changes the economics of mobile data, and creates the building blocks for future mobile networks.”

 

About Ubiquisys

Ubiquisys is the leading developer of intelligent 3G and LTE small cells.  Commercial deployments include Orange, SoftBank Mobile in Japan, SFR in France and Network Norway.

The Ubiquisys difference is intelligence: cells that continuously listen to their surroundings, making autonomous decisions about configuration, application triggers and media interaction. The result is a unique range of public space, metro and rural small cells, self-organising femto networks for enterprise, plus design-to-order residential femtocells. Ubiquisys software and systems define the complete ready-to-deploy intelligent cell. They have enabled operators and manufacturers to fast-track new intelligent cell products.

Ubiquisys investors include Accel Partners, Advent Venture Partners, Atlas Venture, 5 Continents Consulting Group (5CCG), Pacific Venture Partners, SerComm Corporation, UMC Capital Corporation, Yasuda Enterprise Development Co, Google and T-Mobile Venture Fund. (www.ubiquisys.com).

 

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