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The Femto Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports femtocell deployment worldwide, today announced it has successfully completed its second plugfest which focused on femtocell management. The series of plugfests aim to cultivate an effective ecosystem of standardised femtocells. This helps provide operators and consumers with a wider choice of femtocell products while also facilitating economies of scale which help bring down the cost of equipment. The plugfest had widespread vendor support with 13 companies participating, including vendors of network equipment and femtocell access points as well as component providers.

New plans to help increase mobile network capacity and deliver faster and more reliable mobile services for consumers, were unveiled today by Ofcom. The proposals are designed to allow mobile phone operators for the first time to trade the radio spectrum that mobiles use to communicate with mobile masts.

Occam Networks, a broadband access supplier offering the BLC 6000 multi-service access platform (MSAP), and Netadmin Systems, European network management specialist, will partner to create open access networks that combine both broadband infrastructure and network operations management. Netadmin Systems will become a preferred network management partner for Occam Networks in Europe, opening the way for a number of potential projects including implementations in the UK and Switzerland.

NextiraOne, a European specialist in communications services, has won a contract with the University of Strasburg in France to provide the equipment needed for the complete upgrade of the university’s metropolitan area network infrastructure (MAN). This will help to simplify the network and reduce costs. 

Independent television producer Endemol UK, has chosen Telstra International to provide its managed network services. The network is said to enable Endemol’s remote workers throughout the UK to work more efficiently with highly secure access to the corporate network, using Telstra International’s IPVPN and ADSL lines.

Anritsu has announced that it has expanded several existing MasterClaw Service Assurance systems to include the capture of LTE events. Telenor Norway is one of several network operators now able to troubleshoot service affecting problems in LTE using the same capabilities of MasterClaw that they already use for GSM and UMTS.

Ericsson has been selected to perform a substantial network modernisation programme for Telefónica O2 UK in the north of the UK. The partnership will deliver greater coverage, voice and data capacity for O2 customers via a new generation network, specifically designed to handle significant growth in smartphones and smartphone applications.

Ubiquisys, the developer of 3G and LTE intelligent cells, today announced the world's first attocell - a personal femtocell.  Designed primarily for people travelling abroad, it enables mobile calls to be made and received as though in their home
country. Although developed specifically for the iPhone, the attocell works out of the box with any 3G phone, and has also been tested with Blackberry, Nokia and Android smartphones. Ubiquisys is already in discussions with several mobile operators about the product.

Cybercriminals are shifting the target of their attacks from traditional infrastructure to mobile users and endpoint devices, according to the 2011 Global Security Report from Trustwave. Research from Trustwave’s SpiderLabs  — the company’s advanced security team responsible for application security, incident response, penetration testing and security research — found that malicious tools became more customised, automated and persistent in 2010.