ip.access, the multi-award winning developer of femtocell and picocell solutions, has developed new 3G Home Routing technology that connects 3G phones into a home network via its Oyster 3G femtocell.
3G Home Routing uses the Oyster 3G to provide a real-time "bridge" between the user's home network and any 3G handset, enabling a new generation of entertainment and communications applications for consumers, and allowing them to use their mobile phone in new and exciting ways at home.
Using a femtocell, a 3G phone can connect directly to a home network, enabling new applications such as streaming live video from a home media server to the handset, using the phone to browse the music on the home server and select tracks to play, or displaying a slideshow of phone photos on the TV.
"Femtocells can open up these applications to any 3G handset quickly and easily, putting your mobile phone at the heart of your connected home," said ip.access VP of Marketing, Dr. Andy Tiller. "Our femtocell-powered 3G Routing technology means there's no need to have a special WiFi-enabled phone, and you don't have to spend time configuring any settings either."
Because all the data traffic is routed locally over the femtocell, the end-user benefits from full HSDPA data rates for all their connected home applications. 3G Home Routing removes the delay associated with carrying data traffic from the phone over the mobile operator's core network and back, which also saves costs for the operator.
"Femtocells can offer consumers more than just better 3G coverage at home," said Tiller. "We believe that connected home applications and other 'femtozone' services will become compelling reasons for consumers to adopt femtocells."
ip.access is demonstrating its 3G Home Routing technology at Femtocells Europe 2008, which is being held alongside the Femto Forum plenary meeting at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow, from 23-25th June. As a founding board member of the Femto Forum, ip.access is actively promoting industry-wide initiatives to encourage the development of femtocell applications.