StarHub Selects Huawei for World’s First Commercial Femtocell Network
Huawei has now deployed 21 pre-commercial and trial femtocell networks
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. ("Huawei"), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions worldwide, today announced that it has helped StarHub, a leading telecoms operator in Singapore, deploy the world’s first commercial 3G femtocell network. As the leading femtocell end-to-end solution provider, Huawei has now deployed a total of 21 pre-commercial and trial femtocell networks across the world – an aggressive and very challenging market approach to all other companies working in this industry.
A 3G femtocell is a portable wireless access device that connects 3G mobile handsets directly to a standard broadband DSL or cable service to provide mobile voice and date coverage in the home and office environment. Femtocells are particularly useful for areas where broadband access would otherwise be limited or unavailable.
Huawei’s femtocell solution enables end-users to enjoy high-speed wireless data services indoors such as streaming video, IPTV, video conferencing and mobile broadband. Femtocells are also important for operators to implement a full-service operation strategy in this new era of network convergence.
“StarHub’s launch of ’Home Zone’, the world’s first commercially-available 3G femtocell service, is a significant milestone for the commercial development of the femtocell industry,” said Mr. Wan Biao, Executive Deputy President of Huawei Wireless Product Line. “As the earliest member of Femto Forum, Huawei has been committed to femtocell research and development since 2005 and our focus now is to play an active role in the commercial deployment of this important technology worldwide in partnership with the industry. We are proud to have already played a key role in developing the world’s first commercial 3G femtocell network."
With the flourishing development of 3G services, femtocells are gaining momentum driven by top-tier telecom operators including Vodafone, Telefónica, TI, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon.
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