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Ubiquisys to Showcase New Generation of Small Cells at Mobile World Congress

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Ubiquisys (News - Alert) will be showcasing a new range of communications-tuned modules based on Intel (News - Alert) architecture, the company has announced.

With data plane hardware accelerators, the Ubiquisys smart cell modules feature the 2nd generation Intel Core processor CPU family. There are variants based on Intel Core processors for public space hotspots and large enterprise, and Intel Atom processor-based variants for SOHO and residential environments.

To release the first applications for smart cells, Ubiquisys is engaging with 3rd party application developers such as Intrinsyc and Edge Datacoms, the company stated in a press release.

“Smart cells are the future – a sophisticated combination of small cell base stations and powerful computing platforms that deliver more than the sum of their parts,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys in a company press release. “We’re now reaping the rewards of our strategic agreement with Intel to enable commercial products that bring the IP communications cloud closer to mobile users and machine.”

With their ability to multiply the capacity of mobile networks while driving down costs, small cell deployments in public spaces, incorporating combinations of 3G, LTE (News - Alert) and Wi-Fi, are forecast to grow very rapidly.

They improve the user experience by providing mobile broadband closer to mobile users, and typically use commodity fixed broadband for backhaul. Rather than the air interface that has the greatest impact on data performance, in most small cell deployments it is the backhaul performance.

Recently, the company was ranked at the top of the latest 2012 Indoor Small Cell Vendor Matrix, released by ABI Research. Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) and Huawei claimed the second and third spots in the company's most recent evaluation of worldwide small cell vendors.

This matrix primarily covers the competitiveness of vendors that provide access points for residential and enterprise small cells. The vendor matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research (News - Alert).

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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