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Wireless groups finalise femtocell standards

Posted: 13 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:femtocell standard  mobile network  interoperability testing  3G femtocells 

The standard is already used in some 3 crore devices for device management of fixed-line broadband services and STBs.

Adopting this protocol and adapting it for femtocells introduces a standards-based approach to so-called "zero-touch" provisioning. This ensures that users can just plug their femto access point into a power socket to make it operational.

The standard also uses a combination of security measures including IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange v2) and IPsec (IP Security) protocols to authenticate the operator and subscriber and then guarantee the privacy of the data exchanged.

Saunders said much of the work in the standardisation groups was driven by the operators, who have been insistent that the dozens of approaches to integrating femtocells with mobile operators' core networks had to be filtered down to a single standard.

"And this is just a starting point in a sense. We will now build on this to further incorporate femtocell technology in the 3GPP's release 9 standard, which will address LTE femtocells as well as support more advanced functionality for 3G femtocells. Femtocell standards are also being developed for additional air interface technologies by other industry bodies."

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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