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Femto Forum launches to promote femtocell standardization and deployment

July 2, 2007

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LONDON -- The Femto Forum launched today to support and promote femtocell deployment worldwide. The Femto Forum is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation with founding members including Airvana, ip.access, NETGEAR, picoChip, RadioFrame, Tatara and Ubiquisys. Additional members will be made public in the coming months.

The Femto Forum will promote uptake of femtocell technologies through open standards, market education and ecosystem development. Initial working groups will concentrate on pre-competitive standards-focused issues including radio planning & control, device provisioning & management and device to network standardisation. A marketing task force will help promote femto solutions across the industry and will articulate positive, compelling benefits to end users. These include the enhanced coverage, quality-of-service, attractive tariffs and enhanced services which only femtocells operating in licensed spectrum can deliver.

The Femto Forum will be chaired by Professor Simon Saunders, who has more than 20 years wireless industry experience and has consulted to for a range of companies including O2, NTL and BT. He was also recently appointed to Ofcom's Spectrum Advisory Board.

"The most successful mobile technologies have always been founded on vigorous open standards, interoperability and a keen understanding of consumer demand," said Simon Saunders, Chair of The Femto Forum. "The Forum is committed to securing these conditions and working with all major stakeholders to ensure successful and timely femtocell deployment worldwide. We are delighted to have helped bring together key industry players with the common goal of driving standardisation and interoperability. These players have the vision to recognise the need to collaborate to create robust technology platforms while competing to create dynamic markets."

Femto Forum Ltd.

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