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Kim Schofield
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA
Marketing Communications Consultant for Airvana
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Following is a recent report from an iGR study regarding how mobile operators can utilize femotcells to provide better coverage and improved customer satisfaction for users. iGR study shows that consumers give their mobile operator a B Despite the continued influx of smartphones and press concerning data usage, iGR’s most recent U.S. consumer survey found that voice network quality is the factor end users consider most when rating their operator. Fortunately, 65 percent of those surveyed also indicated experiencing “excellent” or “very good” in-home cellular voice reception, but what about the remaining 35 percent? What could help extend “excellent” residential... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Airvana Blog
Sorry to hear about your family situation. I think your card, and that beautiful Scripture verse, will bring much comfort.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2012 on Do Not Fear at Thinking Inking
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Airvana LLC will be giving private demonstrations of its next-generation 4G small cell technology at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Airvana's LTE small cell technology will leverage much of the same hardware and software architecture as its 3G CDMA small cell. This enables Airvana to provide wireless operators an LTE small cell with field-proven stability and a wealth of platform features that incorporate years of learning from some of the largest small cell deployments in the world. More on the Airvana web site: Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Airvana Blog
"This year the femtocell market will scale up significantly and break out into clearer market segments: consumer, enterprise, and rural and metro public space femtocells. As price points continue to come down, we expect to see global femtocell revenue nearly double this year while unit shipments grow at nearly 140% compared to 2011," predicts Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave, mobile offload and mobile broadband devices at Infonetics Research. Read more market highlights on the Infonetics site: Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Airvana Blog
Integrated end-to-end architecture represents a major step towards commercial grade LTE femtocell deployment Chelmsford, MA, November 7, 2011 – Airvana LLC, the global market share leader in femtocells, has today announced the successful demonstration of the world’s first end-to-end LTE femtocell solution in partnership with Hitachi Communications Technology Americas. The live demonstration was conducted for a Tier 1 Mobile Service Operator in September 2011. The end-to-end solution used commercially available LTE terminals, the Airvana LTE femtocell, the Hitachi HeNB Gateway, and Hitachi’s commercially available Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution. The demonstration included performance tests as well as live video streaming... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Airvana Blog
Chelmsford, MA – October 7, 2011 - Airvana LLC, the 3G CDMA and LTE femtocell company, today announced that it has surged ahead of the competition to take the lead in overall global femtocell market share, according to the 2G, 3G, and 4G Femtocell Report recently released from Infonetics Research. Infonetics’ quarterly femtocell report tracks worldwide market size, vendor market share, and revenue analysis for the femtocell market, including analysis of the top femtocell equipment manufacturers. Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and small cells at Infonetics Research noted that adoption by tier-1 customers, together with the higher ARPU enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at Airvana Blog
Michael McFarland, Airvana’s senior director of marketing and product management, will present the session entitled ‘The Impact of Femtocells on the Future of Mobile Broadband’ at 4:45 pm on September 13, 2011. The Mobile Broadband World conference is taking place on September 12-14, 2011 at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany. This session, presented on behalf of the Femto Forum, will provide an update on the overall femtocell industry and its ongoing impact on wireless networks. Mr. McFarland will also explain the different types of femtocells, technologically and in terms of a business model, and how femtos will help solve... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at Airvana Blog
Dr. Shantigram Jagannath, Vice President & Managing Director for Airvana Networks India, recently had an article on 3G in India published in Connect-World. The opening portion of the article is posted below, visit the Airvana web site here to view the entire document. 3G is coming to India, and operators are busy rolling out last-mile access and backhaul networks. 3G networks are deploying slowly, but 3G-compatible handsets have been on the market for three years so most business users and high ARPU users already have smartphones that support 3G. These networks are expensive, and ARPUs in India are among the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at Airvana Blog
Join Airvana tomorrow during the Broadband Traffic Management Conference! Taking place June 21-22, 2011 at the Hotel Marlowe in Boston, MA. Michael McFarland, Airvana’s senior director of marketing and product management, will present the session entitled ‘Femtocells as a Coping Tool for the Mobile Broadband Explosion’ at 4:45pm on June 22nd. This session, presented on behalf of the Femto Forum, will address how femtocells enable operators to reduce network cost while improving the user’s experience. Specifically, Mr. McFarland will explain how femtocells can help operators cope with the explosion of data and signaling traffic, how femtocells and WiFi can be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Airvana Blog
This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) was a busy one for Airvana. Overall the show attendance was up – over 60,000 according to the GSMA people. This uptick probably results from the economy’s mild rebound from the economic downturn that had dampened attendance in the previous two years. Airvana took the occasion of MWC to announce our LTE femtocell strategy, which emphasizes the need to support multi-mode 3G+LTE femtocells. In his speech at the Femto Forum’s Femtozone, Airvana VP of Marketing and Sales Amit Jain pointed out that, despite the move to LTE, 3G devices will dominate for the next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at Airvana Blog
The Femto Forum’s Femtozone at CES 2010 effectively marked femtocells’ “coming out” to a mass market audience. The Femtozone returned for CES 2011 and as a member company representative I had the chance to work in the booth. At CES you meet a wide variety of people, mostly from outside the mobile communications industry, so it’s a good barometer of the wider perceptions of femtocells and where they fit. A year ago, the overwhelmingly most asked question was “what is a femtocell?” This year, we still hear that, but markedly less. Many people entering the booth already know about femtocells,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at Airvana Blog
Next week the industry assembles for 4G World in Chicago. Airvana will be there in cooperation with two key industry organizations, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) and the Femto Forum. On Monday October 18, Qualcomm is hosting a special track “LTE and 3G: The Next Leap Forward”. Airvana’s Director of Product Management Mike McFarland will take part in the 2:30PM panel discussion What’s Next for 3G CDMA? alongside panelists from Qualcomm, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, ZTE and the CDG. The focus of this panel will be the roadmap for CDMA operators moving to LTE including new revisions of EV-DO plus of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Airvana Blog
By Greg Bensinger via Here is an interesting article with implication that operators may start using femtocells to compete for subscribers. Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 21, 2010 at Airvana Blog
Over the past several years Airvana has invested aggressively to develop femtocells for CDMA and UMTS. We are seeing the fruits of that investment with both Sprint and KDDI now deploying Airvana CDMA femtocells. Those deployments have been received positively, as the early reviews attest. Femtocells will continue to play a strong and increasingly important role for mobile operators around the world, both within existing network architectures and in new LTE deployments. Going forward, Airvana is choosing to concentrate our investments and roadmap on femtocells and femtocell management systems for CDMA, LTE and combined CDMA+LTE solutions. We will be discontinuing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Airvana Blog
Japanese mobile operator KDDI recently launched their au Femtocell service. Now they are promoting the femtocell in their retail stores. A brochure (below) being placed in the shops describes the femtocell solution and promises to improve subscribers' in-home coverage within 48 hours. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Airvana Blog
Airvana's femtocell was featured prominently this week in KDDI's booth at Expo Comm Wireless Japan. From left to right, au Hikari Home Gateway, Airvana Femtocell, handsets. Here is a trade show graphic showing a) 10m coverage in a small house, b) stable coverage with no interference, and c)EV-DO Rev A at 3.1 Mbps download speed. Here is a KDDI staff member providing femtocell literature to the customers in the crowded booth. This marks Airvana's public debut in Japan's femtocell market. Thanks to Airvana's Japan team for their alert reporting, and of course to our friends at KDDI and Hitachi. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Airvana Blog
Airvana won two awards in the Femto Forum's 2010 Femtocell Industry Awards program. These were announced last night at the Femtocells World Summit awards banquet in London. The first, Femtocell Application Concept, was awarded for the Femto Family Tablet. The Family Tablet is a femtocell-enabled personal portal for all family communications, media control, and sharing. It is the first example of a femtocell-enabled consumer appliance that brings together a suite of femtozone services that transform the way people stay connected to their family and their media. The Airvana Femto Family Tablet illustrates the tremendous consumer appeal that femtocell-enabled home appliances... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Airvana Blog
On Monday May 17, KDDI announced (click here for Japanese language press release) that their “au Femtocell” service will be commercially available to customers of KDDI’s au Hikari fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in the Tokyo metropolitan area starting July 1, 2010. In keeping with Japanese telecoms regulation and commercial practices, KDDI will perform house calls, dispatching technical personnel within 48 hours to people reporting coverage issues. If the technicians find a “bad radio environment” they will provide a femtocell free of charge. (At present, for non-FTTH subscribers reporting mobile coverage problems, KDDI will install a repeater or antenna extension.) The femtocell... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Airvana Blog
Yesterday, Wednesday, was the middle day of CTIA and as usual the busiest. In addition to the femtocell symphony orchestra, which we mentioned yesterday, Airvana was also showing its innovative femtocell family tablet. The femto family tablet shows how femtocells can enable a new category of services and appliances that keep the family connected and serve as a central control point for digital content in the home. Femtocell Family Tablet, flanked by Airvana spokespersons Nicole (left) and Samantha (right). Location-awareness and other capabilities inherent in femtocells show where family members are and what they are doing, automatically sync mobile photos,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Airvana Blog
CTIA exhibits officially opened yesterday and Airvana was ready to inform and entertain. Our femtocell "piano" was on display, showing the ability of our HubBub UMTS High Capacity Femtocell to support 16 simultaneous calls by playing music on all 16 channels. From its successful debut at Mobile World Congress, the piano has added classical, popular, jazz and even Vegas-themed music to its repertoire. Airvana femtocell piano at CTIA. Sixteen black "keys" are mobile phones in active calls. HubBub femtocell is on pedestal at left. Airvana's speakers were not limited to the top of the piano. Airvana vp of technology Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Airvana Blog
Monday was the day before CTIA but Airvana was already busy. Leigh Chinitz, Airvana’s Vice President of Systems Technology, spoke in the panel “Cool New Stuff” that was part of pre-show seminar “The Evolving Wireless Ecosystem —What’s Next in Wireless Law, Policy and Technology”. Later in the evening, Airvana showed its unique Femtocell Family Tablet at ShowStoppers, with the help of femto fatales Samantha and Nicole. Barron’s columnist Eric Savitz covered this in his blog. Other femtocell-related companies or organizations at ShowStoppers included PicoChip, Kineto and the Femto Forum. Back on the show floor, our demo teams worked to tune... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Airvana Blog
CTIA, the wireless industry’s top annual event in North America, will take place March 23-25 in Las Vegas, just 3 weeks away. Airvana will exhibit and speak at CTIA, and participate in Femto Forum and CDG activities. We encourage you to attend and see us there. This year our booth 2023 will be centrally located in the main hall. There we will demonstrate our award-winning HubBub™ femtocells in home and enterprise applications. Music will be streamed from our HubBub high capacity enterprise femtocell to 16 mobile handsets simultaneously, to create a wireless symphony! We will also be showing our innovative... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Airvana Blog
I would like thank all the mobile operators, partners, suppliers, analysts and press who visited Airvana's stand at Mobile World Congress last week. Thanks to your support and participation, the show was a success for us. I hope that you were able to witness the new products that we demonstrated at the show, including: 16 simultaneous voice calls on Airvana's high-capacity HubBub femtocell New, compact, consumer femtocell hardware Several value-added femtocell services based on femto presence, local IP access, and remote break in. Airvana enterprise and residential products were also on display in NEC’s booth, where NEC demonstrated the only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Airvana Blog
Game systems, HDTVs, digital cameras, e-books… make room for the newest consumer product category: femtocells! This week femtocells come to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for the first time. The FemtoZone at CES will be a booth dedicated entirely to femtocells. The FemtoZone is run by the Femto Forum, an industry organization of more than 100 companies spanning the ecosystem from chip vendors to mobile operators. At the FemtoZone, visitors will see the latest femtocell devices. They will also be able to sit in on a range of educational sessions covering all aspects of femtocell technology and business. Airvana’s own... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2010 at Airvana Blog
Everyone is talking these days about the inevitable march towards 4G due to the increased demand in wireless data capacity. For existing wireless operators, this means planning and investing in new LTE or WiMAX networks, an expensive and time-consuming proposition. Operators like Verizon Wireless and Sprint have been aggressive in their rollout plans for LTE and WiMAX, respectively, while continuing to invest in their existing 3G data networks. AT&T, on the other hand, has also publicized plans to move to LTE, but their 4G timeframes are further out than Verizon and Sprint. AT&T has chosen to meet the short-term demand... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2009 at Airvana Blog