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Cisco invests in 3G femtocell firm

Posted: 25 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:investors ip.access  Cisco  Intel 

Cisco Systems Inc. is pouring funds into ip.access, a manufacturer of picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Already cash-positive with its existing 2G picocell business, ip.access has secured funding from firms such as Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, ADC and Motorola Ventures for its Oyster 3G femtocell, a low-power wireless access point which plugs into a residential broadband DSL or cable connection to deliver a 3G mobile phone signal indoors. The Oyster 3G is currently in trials with major mobile network operators globally.

"We are delighted to have Cisco as an investor," said Stephen Mallinson, CEO of ip.access. "As the worldwide leader in Internet Protocol-based networks, Cisco brings complementary skills and experience to address the needs of operator and consumer customers."

Huge market
With operators searching for ways to tap the benefits of all-IP networks, femtocells are touted as a natural choice for delivering cost-effective 3G coverage and high-speed data capacity to mobile phone users at home. Analysts are predicting a huge market for femtocells: a recent report from IDATE forecasts that 1 crore UMTS femtocells will ship worldwide in 2010, rising to 1.8 crore in 2011.




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