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Huawei has announced that its IPTime (IP Transport Infrastructure for Multi-play Experience) solutions successfully completed multi-vendor interoperability tests by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) in Berlin.

A series of Huawei's IPTime solutions, including routers, microware and optical access and transport products, switches and IP service quality monitoring system, participated in the EANTC testing, which assessed the interoperability of Ethernet implementation methods with a range of vendors.

In the packet and network-based clocking interoperability tests, Huawei's IP microwave with MPLS, and broadband access products demonstrated high performance for mobile backhaul and FMC networks. In the MPLS-TP interoperability tests, Huawei's IPTime solutions demonstrated their leadership in MPLS-TP standardization.  The testing fully verified all performance features of Huawei's iManager U2520 IP network assessment and optimization system solution. Huawei's IP+OTN synergy networking solution proved its ability to substantially increase resource utilization and optimize protection over the router layer and the optical transport layer.

Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director of EANTC, stated "Huawei has actively participated in our Carrier Ethernet and MPLS multi-vendor interoperability tests for years. This time, Huawei contributed a wide array of IPTime solution products and successfully participated in many interoperability test areas. We look forward to extending the cooperation with Huawei even further in the future. "

Zha Jun, president of Network, Huawei, stated, "The successful completion of interoperability tests, demonstrates the reliability and interoperability of Huawei's IPTime solution, and Huawei will work with industry peers to promote the development of, and technology innovation in, the industry."

7 layers, a global group of test & service centers for the wireless communications industry, says it is the first company world-wide that has succeeded in validating LTE test cases. Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the next-generation 3G technology for GSM, CDMA and WCDMA cellular carriers. LTE uses a different air interface and packet structure than current 3G systems. Enormously increased data transmission rates (average 150MBit/s) are an important precondition that will finally make the mobile web a reality.

Test case verification and validation is an important step in order to guarantee that tests running on specific test equipment are fulfilling the respective technology and test specifications. Once test cases have been validated they will be approved by leading certification groups, thus defining important market access requirements. This is a vital step in order to ensure interoperability of products from various manufacturers.

"Experts from 7 layers have more than 10 years of experience in verifying and validating test cases for cellular technologies. Such experience in combination with technology know-how regarding test case development and test equipment build-up is an important asset when validating test cases", explains Mohamed El-Fikri, Senior Engineer at 7 layers in Germany.

The LTE test cases have been provided by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) according to the mobile phone standard 3GPP TS 36.523.  7 layers has verified and validated the first ten FDD-7 LTE protocol test cases for the Rohde & Schwarz R&S CMW500, a powerful wideband radio communication tester for network simulation. The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has already approved 7 layers validation results, which were presented on the 21st CAG meeting in Sophia Antipolis/ France (26th to 27th January 2010). The respective approval of the PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) is still pending. - PTCRB manages the test and certification process for GSM/UMTS wireless devices operating on a PTCRB network (mainly in North America). -  7 layers is the first company ever that has submitted LTE test case validation results to PTRCB for approval. PTCRB will review the LTE test case validation from 7 layers on the next PVG meeting 9th February, 2010.  Thanks to the LTE test case validation from 7 layers, certification of top modern LTE devices has reached a further important milestone!

Magirus, a European IT solutions provider, has today announced that it has become Cisco's first Specialty Data Centre Distributor in Western Europe. At the same time it has announced the creation of a Data Centre Division. Also, it plans to focus on developing and recruiting more resellers and expects to boost revenues by an additional 20% within the next two years.

The new European Data Centre Division, which complements Magirus' existing Secure Networking Division, will help Magirus and Cisco resellers to exploit the advantages of the ‘unified data centre.' This involves converging network centric server technologies with virtualisation and storage, to create a unified offering.

By creating the new Division, Magirus aims to provide greater choice to existing resellers as well as a migration path to unified data centre technologies. These will form the basis of future data centre and private cloud deployments. Advantages to end users include: lower capital outlays; simplified management; increased energy efficiency; and reduced operating costs.

Cisco Speciality Data Centre Distributor       
The new specialty distribution agreement will be mutually beneficial for Cisco and Magirus. It gives Cisco access to a leading European distributor with established strengths in virtualisation and storage: elements considered vital to Cisco's unified data centre strategy. At the same time, Magirus will benefit from Cisco's converged networking and data centre technology portfolio that will help enable it to attract new resellers and present new sales opportunities.

Thierry Drilhon, vice-president for Worldwide Channels, European markets at Cisco , said, "We selected Magirus due to its strengths in virtualisation and storage, its European reach, and its proven track record in data centre and highly secure networking. Magirus offers sophisticated consultancy, training and services skills that are needed to equip partners to reap the benefits of the transition to the virtualised data centre. Magirus was the natural choice for us."

As a Cisco Data Centre Speciality Distributor, Magirus says it will strengthen further its data centre channel by attracting Cisco resellers and new resellers to its established base of more than 6,000 channel partners. In addition Magirus will evolve its sales force - currently operating in specialist centres of expertise for virtualisation, storage and secure networking - to sell the complete unified data centre offering.

Also, Magirus will augment its European Technology Logistics Centre in Strasbourg, France to provide a tailored data centre assembly facility, including design, configuration, and assembly for resellers. This will be the only one of its kind in Europe where resellers can stage and configure unified data centre solutions prior to shipment, it's claimed.

Magirus has built up ‘eco-systems' of virtualisation, storage, and secure networking vendors and offers a comprehensive portfolio in Europe, including training and professional services. This combination of skills will be key to helping resellers and their customers implement and benefit from the strategic advantages of new virtual data centre technologies.

Christian Magirus, executive vice-president & COO at Magirus said, "This strategic relationship is an extension of our existing strategy to help resellers and their customers gain competitive advantage by embracing emerging technologies. We want to de-risk entry to these markets and provide end-customers with more choice." He added, "We now offer a total data centre capability to assist resellers and their customers to evolve from capital-intensive, premise based data centres to hybrid models involving a combination of physical, virtualised and private cloud computing. Eventually this will extend to external cloud solutions where computing becomes a utility."

Data Centre Focus
Under the new distribution agreement, Magirus is authorised to distribute Cisco's entire portfolio in all countries of the European Economic Area, including: Austria; Belgium; Denmark; France; Germany; Ireland; Italy; Luxembourg; the Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland and the UK.

Although Magirus will offer access to the entire portfolio, the focus of the distribution agreement will be Cisco's data centre products and in particular:

  a.. Cisco Nexus range of switches, which unify both LAN and SAN connectivity in the data centre.
  b.. Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) range of blade and rack-mounted servers that are optimised for virtual environments in the data centre.
  c.. Cisco Application Networking Services (ANS) including: Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) and Application Control Engine (ACE) products that accelerate end-point access in the data centre.
  d.. Cisco Multilayer Director Switches (MDS), which bridge traditional SANs and unified Nexus switches for migration to unified data centres.

BlueSky Positioning, a A-GPS solutions provider for the SIM card industry, and EMT, a mobile operator in Estonia, announced today that EMT has completed its initial field testing of BlueSky Positioning's A-GPS (Assisted-Global Positioning System) technology. The tests were conducted using both GPRS and USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Services Data) for retrieving assistance data in a live 3G network.

EMT Estonia is the first network operator to test a USSD connection for assistance data, allowing BlueSky Positioning's A-GPS solution to be used with ordinary mobile phones, even if the model does not support GPRS. Using USSD is said to bring with it a number of benefits such as the ability to be used concurrently with a voice call. Retrieving assistance data during a call is particularly important when making an emergency call, allowing the caller to be located accurately and quickly.
The tests were carried out with handsets varying from low end 2G to high end 3.5G. Future testing will cover a wider range of handsets and scenarios including various weather conditions, in urban and rural landscapes and using entry level handsets and smartphones. Running parallel to this testing, new services and business models will be finalised in readiness for a mass market launch by EMT.

BlueSky Positioning's A-GPS technology is completely embedded into a phone's SIM card. A key benefit of A-GPS SIM technology is the provision of accurate positioning information when an emergency call is made from the phone, as required by E112 in the EU and E911 legislation in the US. In addition, the range of location based applications that can be offered with this combined A-GPS SIM technology is vast, including generic Location Based Services (LBS) such as navigation, social networking, child tracking or more complex applications such as workforce and fleet management.

"Our preliminary test results with A-GPS in-SIM technology have demonstrated compelling accuracy coupled with a fast TTFF (time-to-first-fix), comparable to any commercial A-GPS handsets in the market. A-GPS SIM technology opens up a whole range of possibilities for both EMT and its subscribers," said Argo Kivilo, R&D Manager at EMT. "Not only this, but in light of the newly updated EU E112 directive, operators must be able to provide location data on nearly all emergency calls on their network within the next 18 months. BlueSky Positioning's technology will be essential in ensuring this happens."

Velipekka Kuoppala, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BlueSky Positioning, added, "Our work with EMT takes us a big step closer to the mass market deployment of A-GPS technology within SIM cards. EMT has been very supportive in the development of this technology and we are excited to already see initial results from these advanced testings. We strongly believe that A-GPS technology used with SIM cards is the answer operators, service providers and consumers are looking for in terms of the easy integration of GPS capabilities that enable useful, revenue generating and legally mandated LBS applications whilst also delivering compliance to E112 and E911 legislation."

Huawei has unveiled the 'industry's first' 300mm-depth IP platform with 20G/40Gbps capacity. Huawei claims the CX600-X1 and CX600-X2 (CX600-X1/X2) metro services platform (MSP) enable IP intelligence on metro network edge, drive convergence, improve capability and flexibility for full-service deployment and structurally reduce CAPEX and OPEX, all of which help operators to build full-service broadband metro area network (MAN).

According to Huawei, rapid growth of broadband services drive today's metro networks evolving from pipe-type to full-service bearing, which necessitates IP intelligence to metro edge. This requires compact, yet powerful, IP equipment that can sit with massive access nodes to compensate for the lack of IP capability of traditional access equipment. Huawei's CX600-X1/X2 MSP addresses this issue by having strong IP capability and a compact size (220mm depth), suitable to be hosted in the same 300mm-depth standard cabinet as access nodes such as DSLAM, MSAN, and transmission equipment. The CX600-X1/X2, together with Huawei's CX600-X3/X8/X16, is said to enhance IPTime broadband metro solution that ensures fast and flexible full-service deployment, providing more abundant and intelligent services for users.

"Service providers worry about space, power, and capacity constraints in all areas of their networks, and especially at the edge in access and aggregation areas," stated Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "The 220mm depth of Huawei's CX600-X1 and -X2 products should be attractive to providers when choosing equipment for their Ethernet business, broadband, and mobile backhaul networks."

Designed on a hardware-based, non-blocking switching routing platform, the CX600-X1/X2 have significant forwarding capacity of 20G/40G, which can be expanded to 40G/80G in the future. The CX600-X1/X2 have the most comprehensive port types ranging from E1, CPOS, FE, GE, to 10GE, and support rich Layer 2 and Layer 3 features (VLL, VPLS, L3VPN, PWE3, multicast and IPV6) that facilitate flexible service deployment and make the network future-proof. The CX600-X1/X2, by built-in support for all-scenario clock synchronization, especially IEEE 1588v2, also help full-service operators to efficiently deploy their mobile broadband services.

"By leveraging our experience and expertise in optical transmission, access, and IP, Huawei will continue to provide leading end-to-end networking solutions to carriers around the globe and to achieve mutual success with our customers," said Zha Jun, president of Network, Huawei.

DB Systel, subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn and provider of ICT services in Germany, and Huawei have jointly announced today that DB Systel has acquired a modern IP core based GSM-Railway (GSM-R) system from Huawei. GSM-R is an international wireless communications standard for railway communications and applications, and the system will be used in DB Systel's test laboratory to examine future-oriented network architectures for GSM-R.

DB Systel plans to conduct product and interoperability testing for its own purposes to examine interaction between Huawei`s system architectures with existing architectures in the GSM-R network. With this acquisition, DB Systel's test laboratory provides access to GSM-R equipment from Huawei for the first time.

In April 2009, Huawei successfully launched its GSM-R communication system for the Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan passenger transport railway, which can reach speeds of up to 250km/h and covers 189.93km throughout China. The Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan railway includes the longest tunnel in Asia - the 28km Taihang double-tube tunnel, and Huawei's GSM-R solution is said to have solved the coverage problems previously experienced inside 'super long' tunnels. By the end of 2009, more than 4000km of railway lines had been contracted to Huawei. In January 2010, Huawei was contracted for the delivery of a GSM-R system to RailCorp NSW, Australia by UGL.  Huawei's digital train radio system will cover 1,455 kilometers of track, stables and rail sidings and 70 kilometres of railway tunnels across the Sydney metropolitan rail network.

"Optimising new telecommunications systems for different vendors for railway purposes is a core business within our test lab and necessary to provide market overview" said Wolfgang Klein, Head of Systems Engineering and Network Operations of DB Systel.

"We are confident that Huawei's innovative GSM-R solution will meet DB Systel requirements and will help them in their mission to examine interactions between state-of-the-art system architectures of Huawei with architectures already implemented by DB Systel'' said Tan Zhu, director of Wireless Marketing Huawei Europe.

Icomera, a global provider of cellular broadband gateways, has launched a new service that brings advertising to mobile Wi-Fi hotspots on trains and buses, and enables hotspot operators to generate revenues by offering targeted messaging to their customers.

MoovManage Ads, an optional component of Icomera's MoovManage web-based hotspot management service, is said to allow operators to create and manage advertising campaigns and track their success. Advertisements are presented to hotspot users during their online session. It is estimated that hotspot usage increased in 2009 by 47%, bringing total worldwide connections to 1.2 billion. MoovManage Ads provides a path for hotspot operators to increase usage by switching from paid to free Wi-Fi services, while retaining a way to generate income via targeted advertising.

"Transport operators want to attract more people to use train and bus services, and offering free Wi-Fi during a journey is compelling proposition," said Dave Palmer, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Icomera. "Without revenue from paying users, operators are seeking alternative ways of underwriting the cost of deploying Wi-Fi on-board, which is a more expensive process than installing free Internet in a coffee shop. MoovManage Ads provides a highly effective way of introducing advertising to the hotspot, whether offering discounts on season tickets or messages from third party sponsors."

MoovManage Ads works in conjunction with Icomera's family of award-winning rugged cellular gateways. On passenger vehicles, the Moovbox M200 Mobile Broadband Gateway acts as a bridge to the Internet using multiple high-speed cellular 3G and 4G broadband connections that deliver on-board Wi-Fi for passengers, and connectivity for on-board systems. In addition to providing advertising within the hotspot experience, the MoovManage system enables the transport operator to monitor and remotely configure multiple Moovbox devices across its fleet, while keeping track of vehicles using in-built GPS functionality.

"We're really excited about the new MoovManage Ads feature," said Rob Taylo, CEO of SinglePoint Communications in Portland, OR, and a key distributor for Moovbox products in North America. "Now our customers can promote their own brand and associated services, or work with local and national advertisers to create marketing campaigns for their specific user demographic. The revenue opportunity from advertising is exactly what transport operators have been looking for as a way to justify the roll-out cost and achieve a tangible ROI."

With the proliferation of Wi-Fi enabled portable devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry and netbooks, free on-board Wi-Fi is rapidly becoming expected by rail, bus and coach passengers, especially on commuter routes and inter-city transport services. Many of the world's largest transport operators have deployed Icomera Internet systems on key routes favoured by commuters, students and international travelers, serving over 100,000 Internet connections every week, says Icomera.

A new survey by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) published today is said to confirm the continuing globalization of GSM/EDGE systems. The key findings are contained in the updated EDGE Fact Sheet, and shows that 503 operators have committed to EDGE network deployments in 195 countries. The number of operators committed to EDGE has increased by more than 14% over the past year, says the GSA.

The EDGE Fact Sheet also confirms that 487 EDGE networks are now commercially launched in 190 countries. Operators in all regions have made significant investments to enhance the capacity and coverage of existing networks, often extending EDGE capabilities to their full GSM coverage area.

GSM/EDGE, a software enhancement to GPRS networks, is a mainstream mature and global technology which is supported by a well developed ecosystem. The first commercial EDGE network was launched in June 2003. GSA estimates that over 80% of GPRS operators have since committed to the EDGE enhancement, delivering significant data traffic and revenue growth.

In markets where 3G/WCDMA-HSPA networks are available, EDGE is also typically deployed for service continuity and the best user experience of mobile broadband services. According to GSA research, two-thirds of HSPA network operators have also deployed EDGE. In other markets where 3G spectrum has not yet been granted, EDGE is providing efficient and fast mobile Internet connectivity, which in many cases is the only means where fixed connections are not available. 

There are several thousand EDGE-capable user devices available on the market, extending to all but the lowest cost segments, says the GSA. Recent mobile broadband WCDMA-HSPA user devices usually also combine support for quad band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900). Over 83% of WCDMA-HSPA user devices, covering all market segments and device types, also support EDGE.

EDGE network capabilities are evolving as part of the 3GPP specifications. Commercial EDGE Evolution solutions are now available which increase EDGE network downlink and uplink data speeds and reduce latency, extending mobile broadband availability cost-effectively, says the GSA.

Actix, a specialist in radio network status management and optimization, has announced that it has signed a major contract to provide centralized Self-Organizing Network (SON) technology for next generation LTE mobile networks to NEC Corporation (NEC), a global vendor of LTE systems. The agreement covers the delivery of an operational centralized SON solution for global operators deploying NEC LTE networks.

Centralized SON (C-SON) functionality is part of the 3GPP standard for 4th Generation mobile networks and enables the planning, rollout and operation of networks at greatly reduced operational cost whilst also improving customer network experience. The joint Actix/NEC solution will provide a full suite of SON use cases to support LTE self-planning, self-optimization, and self-healing of the LTE radio access network.

Actix' contract to provide C-SON systems to NEC is a multi-year commitment, and is said to be the largest contract placed to date in the LTE SON space.

"Actix SON fits perfectly into our vision of an efficient LTE system and this agreement will help us drive the deployment of many new LTE networks," said Kazuya Hashimoto, General Manager, Mobile Radio Access Division for NEC Corporation. "With a remarkable history as leaders in RAN engineering and optimization, advanced expertise in LTE technologies and considerable investment in building SON systems to date, Actix is uniquely positioned to provide C-SON capabilities very rapidly."

NEC has selected Actix to help plan, deploy and manage 4G networks using centralized SON systems in accordance with the recently defined 3GPP and NGMN SON recommendations. The combined NEC / Actix solution will address challenges such as wide area performance optimization, reactions to network disruption and energy saving.

"Self-optimizing networks are central to  Actix' long term vision of allowing operators to maximize customer experience at reduced operational cost, and many of the capabilities we have built and acquired have been targeted at creating an exceptional SON system," said Bill McHale, Actix CEO. "SON is essential to efficiently manage LTE networks and it's exciting to see our long term investment in the right capabilities come to fruition through this partnership with NEC. Actix is leading the SON market and by partnering with companies such as NEC we are enabling operators globally to benefit from centralized SON systems for LTE."

"NEC is one of the largest technology and systems integration companies worldwide, always at the forefront of innovative technologies and advancements in the RAN and it is great to see such a long term, high value commitment to centralized SON solutions as part of its LTE offering. NEC is seeking to drive the deployment of LTE-based next generation mobile networks and everyone at Actix is delighted to be a key part of that movement," McHale continued.

Based on the ActixOne RAN status management platform, the solution will be deployed in Tier 1 LTE networks from early 2010.

With its C-SON solution, Actix says NEC is able to deliver a full end-to-end self-optimizing solution for LTE and accelerate the rollout of new, low operating cost mobile broadband networks, systems and services for mobile operators.

AboveNet Communications UK, a provider of ultra-low latency, high-bandwidth fibre optic connectivity solutions, has extended its dedicated fibre network to Sentrum's major new 200,000 square foot Sentrum IV data centre facility in Woking, Surrey.

With the connection to Sentrum, AboveNet now connects to more than 30 data centres across the London area, with connections ranging from Canary Wharf, Basildon and Docklands in the East, through the City and West End, further out to Slough and Heathrow in the West, and now Sentrum's facility in Woking.

"At Sentrum we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the optimum environment for their voice and data connectivity, and are committed to giving customers the freedom to choose the communications and networking providers that best meet their business needs," commented Andy Ruhan, Sentrum's CEO.

"At AboveNet we're committed to ensuring that our fibre network provides organisations with the fastest, low latency direct routes between all their key locations. That routing increasingly includes data centres such as Sentrum that are proving so attractive for businesses looking to balance their key space, resilience and connectivity requirements,"added John Donaldson, managing director at AboveNet UK. "Connecting with Sentrum is part of an ongoing investment in the AboveNet network, and provides a valuable connectivity offering for organisations choosing to locate in Sentrum's impressive new Woking data centre facility."

"With this connection, AboveNet again confirms its determination to extend the scope and connectivity of our London metro network. We're looking forward to expanding our data centre activities as we accelerate into our second decade of providing high speed fibre to organisations across the London region," Donaldson added.

Sentrum's new Woking data centre provides organisations with customised solutions in terms of space, resilience and connectivity. Power configurations and levels of resilience (Tier III +) are also delivered to each customer's precise specifications. Sentrum provides clients with the optimum environment for voice and data connectivity. All sites are chosen for their proximity to major telecommunication and data networks and feature a growing number of peering points.

Albis Technologies, a technology company engaged in the development and marketing of innovative electronic systems, today announced the European launch of its ‘ACCEED Ethernet First Mile (EFM)' for Carrier grade high-speed Ethernet services. The new service, aimed at network operators, delivers fibre-optic speeds over existing copper wires, enabling operators to improve their infrastructure and enhance their performance.

Main ACCEED product advantages include:
- carrier-grade Ethernet services with guaranteed bandwidth and availability
- bonding of up to 16 copper-wire pairs for high bandwidths and long ranges with up to 8 repeater stages
- flexible "any port / any card" bonding
- scalable "pay as you grow" architecture
- network synchronization by means of Network Timing Reference (NTR), Synchronous  Ethernet (SyncE) or Precision Time Protocol  (IEEE 1588V2)
- standard Ethernet link- and service-OAM exceed the recommendations of the Metro Ethernet    Forum (MEF)
- reliable backhaul of mobile base stations, DSLAMs and PWLAN / WiMAX
- flexible campus applications

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Patrik Schönenberger, VP Business Access, Albis Technologies, commented: "Infrastructure and network optimization are a key to ensuring maximum ROI for network operators. Enabling fiber-optic performance over the existing copper network is one way in which network operators can quickly and efficiently add-value to their offering at a relatively low cost."

Huawei and Qualcomm have announced the completion of one of the industry's first interoperability tests on dual carrier HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) technology. The test, which reached a peak downlink data rate of 42Mb/s, said to be the fastest downlink rate experienced by 3G end-users, demonstrates that dual-carrier HSPA+ technology is ready for commercial deployment, say the pair.

Huawei's latest HSPA+ solution and Qualcomm's Mobile Data Modem (MDM) MDM8220 chipsets were used in the interoperability test. Implemented with dual cell technology, Huawei's HSPA+ solution can transmit data via two or more carriers, resulting in the downlink data rate of 42Mb/s, which is claimed to improve an operator's spectrum resources, enhances spectral efficiency and provides capacity gains of up to 20%.

"Qualcomm is pleased to be working with Huawei to bring dual-carrier HSPA+ technologies to market," said Alex Katouzian, vice president of product management, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "We remain committed to WCDMA modem leadership and the seamless and cost-effective commercialization of next-generation technologies around the world."

Wan Biao, President of Wireless, Huawei, said, "Achieving higher speeds is a constant pursuit for customers and their subscribers. As a customer-centric company, Huawei is dedicated to developing innovative technology and cost-effective solutions and services. In cooperation with Qualcomm, we are able to deliver the latest in commercially available mobile broadband technology and user devices."

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HSL has announced it will be giving away a free femtocell, for use with 2G and 3G mobiles, to each mobile network operator visiting HSL's stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 15-18 February 2010. In conjunction with the promotion, the HSL FemtoNet service will also be made available by HSL so that operators receiving a free femtocell can experience the capabilities of the HSL 2.75G Femtocell.

The promotion, says HSL, is part of an overall strategy to deliver femtocells to subscribers who suffer from inadequate mobile coverage. By giving mobile network operators the opportunity to evaluate the HSL 2.75G Femtocell through the promotion, mobile subscribers are a significant step closer to being able to benefit from HSL's femtocell in their homes and offices, says HSL.

The FemtoNet service allows an operator to outsource the operation of their own femtocell network using any of three different outsourcing models. HSL FemtoNet supports the use of IP or TDM links to connect with an operator's MSCs and SGSNs for circuit switched and packet switched services respectively. For this promotion HSL are making available their own MSC with FemtoNet to demonstrate the capabilities of the HSL 2.75G Femtocell.

According to HSL, unlike all users of existing 3G femtocells, users of the HSL 2.75G Femtocell are not restricted to requiring 3G mobile handsets. The HSL 2.75G Femtocell provides voice, messaging and data service to subscribers using any current 2G and 3G mobile handset that supports such services. Where the HSL 2.75G Femtocell also differs from existing 3G femtocells is that it does not provide 3G data but instead provides fast EDGE data that when coupled with existing home or office WiFi provides a superior wireless data service, says HSL.