Sunday, July 27, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent and Airvana to Develop CDMA IMS-Femtocell

Airvana and Alcatel-Lucent are collaborating on an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) femtocell for CDMA/EV-DO network operators. Femtocells are cellular access points that use a subscriber's existing broadband connection to provide enhanced voice, video and data services, especially in the home, using existing mobile devices.

Under a new development agreement, Airvana will enhance its femtocell offerings with new interfaces to enable smooth integration with Alcatel-Lucent's IMS core. This agreement builds on demonstrations of combined, femto-based, in-building solutions by Alcatel-Lucent and Airvana at the CTIA Wireless 2008 trade show and exhibition in Las Vegas earlier this year.

The combined solution -- which integrates IMS core network elements from Alcatel-Lucent with Airvana's HubBub femtocell access point -- can support seamless inter-working between the CDMA macro network and the IMS-supported femtocells, and will help minimize any impact on the existing network in terms of performance, complexity and the costs associated with managing the network.http://www.airvana.com