Qualcomm Invests in Femtocell Tech
The chipmaker backs ip.access to improve home network capacity and backhaul support.Qualcomm is the latest investor in ip.access, a British company that develops femtocell and picocell technology. With its unspecified investment, Qualcomm joins Cisco, Intel, Motorola and others as backers of the company. Femtocells allow consumers to boost their existing broadband service to provide both higher quality and higher performance wireless voice and real-time data services inside the home. The ip.access home femtocell system uses a customer's broadband connection for backhaul and creates extra capacity in the home network.
"3G femtocells will have a very important role in future mobile network architecture," Frederic Rombaut, head of Qualcomm Ventures Europe, said in a May 21 statement. "Ip.access has an innovative approach to the 3G femtocell market that will enable our customers to enhance the delivery of 3G services to mobile users."