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May 06, 2008

3G Femto Home Introduced by Nokia Siemens Network and Pirelli Broadband

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor

Nokia Siemens (News - Alert) Networks, a global provider of communications network solutions and services, and Pirelli Broadband Solutions, a supplier of customer premise equipment (CPE), set-top boxes, and remote management systems for the connected home and office, have signed an agreement for cooperation on 3G Femto Home Access solution.

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert) provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the increasing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries.
Pirelli Broadband Solutions (News - Alert) operates within the Pirelli Group and specializes in broadband access CPE and terminals. With a portfolio consisting of residential and small business access gateways, IPTV set-top boxes, home networking adapters, multi-mode handsets, remote management systems and vertical applications, Pirelli Broadband Solutions has been selected as a main supplier by numerous service providers and current European Telecom Operators.
Pirelli’s femto-enabled CPEs coupled with the 3G Femto Home Access network solution from Nokia Siemens Networks will enable operators to introduce femtocell-based services to home and small office environments through a variety of CPE models created by Pirelli in compliance with the Nokia Siemens Networks’ open architecture.
Femtocells are a new way of improving 3G coverage in homes. In this concept, the CPE is installed at the subscriber’s home in the same way as a DSL/WiFi modem.
The combined solution of the two leading companies creates an opportunity for operators to expand their 3G coverage and provide new, attractive services for subscribers.
Subscribers will benefit from excellent voice and broadband user experience on any 3G device right in their own living rooms.
The Pirelli Multiplay CPE portfolio will offer 3G femtocell functionality combined with diverse broadband access technologies (ADSL2+, VDSL2 and FTTH) and with Pirelli’s Epicentro CPE middleware and applications platform. Epicentro enables cooperative use cases between 3G phones and Pirelli’s access gateway, IPTV (News - Alert) Set Top Box and 3G femtocells, and enhances the usage of mobile handset-based applications and services in the connected home in new ways.
“3G femtocells are part of Pirelli’s converged home proposition which provides operators with an open environment to create new applications and foster indoor usage of 3G services. We are therefore pleased to announce our collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks, as the leading player in driving an open ecosystem for 3G femtocells,” said Roberto Pellegrini, marketing and innovation, Pirelli Broadband Solutions.
“Our 3G Femto Home Access Solution enables telecommunications service providers to offer an advanced user experience to their customers. The innovative Femto CPE of Pirelli Broadband Solutions makes an excellent addition to the leading 3G Femto Home Access ecosystem enabled by the open architecture of Nokia Siemens Networks, and so expands the options our customers have” said Timo Hyppölä, indoor radio solutions product line, Nokia Siemens Networks.
Launched in July 2007, the Femto Home Access Solution from Nokia Siemens Networks introduces open interfaces that allow selected partners to make their Femto CPE compliant with NSN network solution, improving the femtocell ecosystem and allowing operators to further enhance their 3G service offering and coverage.
Michelle Robart is a Contributing Editor at TMCnet. To read more of her articles please visit her columnist page.


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