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UK, 2nd February – Picochip announces that it has participated in the second plugfest, which focused on femtocell management. The event was run by the Femto Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports femtocell deployment worldwide. The series of plugfests aim to cultivate an effective ecosystem of standardised femtocells which provide operators and consumers with a wider choice of femtocell products, while also facilitating economies of scale which will help bring down the cost of equipment. The plugfest had widespread vendor support with over 13 companies participating, including vendors of network equipment and femtocell access points as well as component providers.

The plugfest focused on the effectiveness of the Broadband Forum’s femtocell management standard in supporting interoperability between femtocell access points and network equipment from different vendors. The Broadband Forum’s femtocell management standard (TR-196) was published in April 2009 and is an extension of the TR-069 standard that is widely used in fixed broadband networks and set-top boxes. The femtocell standard allows mobile operators to simplify deployment and enable automated remote provisioning and configuration, radio environment monitoring, diagnostics-checking and software updates.

"This second plugfest is another significant step on the road to broad market acceptance and increasing volume deployments of femtocells," commented David Maidment, VP Product Management at Picochip. "As the only IC supplier to have participated, Picochip are proud to, once again, be at the forefront of the technical and commercial development of femtocell technology. We were also extremely pleased to see our customers participating using both our reference design and our PHY, proving the quality and robustness of our technology."

www.picochip.com

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