Pirelli Broadband Solutions has selected Airvana’s HubBubT UMTS femtocell to deliver 3G connectivity as part of Pirelli’s portfolio for fixed-mobile convergence.
Pirelli develops products that enable the delivery of services to the connected home and office. It supplies CPEs for quad-play service providers in Europe, with a portfolio comprising IPTV set top boxes and home and office access gateways for xDSL and FTTx networks.
Francesco Schiavinato, senior vice president sales & marketing at Pirelli Broadband Solutions, said: Embedding femtocell functionality into our home and office access products is a natural extension of the connectivity options leveraged by our open Epicentro middleware for service creation. Airvana will help our operator customers deliver a superior service to their subscribers.
Airvana’s HubBub UMTS femtocell is built on a flexible architecture that enables feature enhancement. Airvana and Pirelli both cooperate in Nokia Siemens Networks’ 3G Femto Home Access Solution, an ecosystem that uses an open architecture for femto-to-core network interaction.
Sanjeev Verma, vice president for femtocell business and corporate development, and co-founder of Airvana, said: Femtocells are clearly going to become part of the home network, and the involvement of players with a converged home vision like Pirelli is an enabling step in this direction. This partnership enables operators to deliver femtocell capabilities in a way that is simple and powerful for both operator and end-user.