Cellcom, Airvana and Taqua join forces to deliver Femtocell-as-a-Service

Telecom Lead America: Airvana, Taqua, a supplier of small
cell and convergence switching solutions and Cellcom, a regional wireless
carrier have partnered to deliver Femtocell-as-a-Service for small North
American wireless carriers using FemtoCloud technology.


These companies will jointly showcase the FemtoCloud
platform at CTIA. Cellcom plans to begin offering FemtoCloud as a service to
CDMA North American regional carriers later this month.


“At Cellcom, we are actively exploring new
deployment models that enable regional and rural wireless operators to deliver
competitive offerings to their customers,” said Rob Riordan, executive
vice president and director of corporate development at Cellcom and Nsight.


Cellcom is leveraging its existing small cell core to
deliver a FemtoCloud solution, developed jointly by Airvana and Taqua. With the
femtocell-as-a-service from Cellcom, smaller rural North American operators
will be able to deploy femtocells and other small cells, including the use of
pico cells, without the significant upfront capital expenditures and expertise
required to establish their own small cell core.


“Small cells are just as important to regional and
rural carriers as they are for the large national carriers. The FemtoCloud
solution can be a very cost-effective way to fill coverage gaps, increase
capacity, and deliver wireless services in areas that historically were too
hard or costly to reach,” said Frederick Reynolds, vice president of
marketing at Taqua LLC.


Cellcom’s FemtoCloud solution consists of Airvana’s
Femtocell Service Manager and Small Cell Analytics (SCAN) service and Taqua’s
fully integrated small cell core offering.


Airvana’s Femtocell Service Manager delivers
standards-based device management, plug-n-play provisioning and activation, and
sophisticated RF planning of small cells.


Coupled with the Airvana SCAN service and
FemtoCloud capabilities, an operator can provide their femtocell-as-a-service
customers with simplified femtocell deployment, automatic interference management
between femtocells and macrocells, comprehensive device management, and
detailed performance metrics.


Airvana expands lead in Femtocell market that set to double in


A few months back, Airvana expanded its revenue market
share lead significantly.


Global revenue from 2G and 3G femtocells used in
consumer, enterprise and public spaces grew 9 percent sequentially in the third
quarter of 2011, with 2G femtocell revenue declining and 3G femtocell revenue



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