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Femtocell-Aware Phone Application Supports Multiple Vendors' Femtocells

16th November 2009

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Intrinsyc smartphone application demonstrated working across Airvana, ip.access and Ubiquisys femtocells

London, November 16, 2009—Femtocells Americas – Airvana, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRV), ip.access, and Ubiquisys, together with Intrinsyc Software International, Inc. (TSX: ICS), today announced a demonstration of a femtocell-aware handset application working with all three vendors’ femtocells. The demonstration, which will be shown at the Femtocells Americas conference in San Diego, represents a milestone towards the standardization of femtocell applications, and is aligned to the Femto Forum’s ongoing work in this area.

Intrinsyc’s UX-Zone™ application incorporates femtocell presence triggers to change the user interface on a smartphone automatically as soon as it enters a home or office environment covered by a femtocell signal. Airvana, ip.access and Ubiquisys have collaborated to implement these presence triggers in a standardized way, according to a draft framework created by the Femto Forum’s Services Special Interest Group. Intrinsyc has already developed the software required for Android™ and Windows Mobile® handsets, for the first time enabling femtocell-aware smartphone applications to interoperate with multiple vendors’ femtocells. In the demonstration, the phone user interface adapts automatically to different environments as it moves between the femtocells and the outdoor network – for example by changing the theme and icons to offer high bandwidth entertainment services that take advantage of the fast, low-cost data provided by a femtocell at home.

As well as providing improved network coverage and capacity, femtocells are ideally suited for supporting a wide range of services which add extra value for consumers. They make sophisticated presence-based applications simple to use on any phone; provide massive bandwidth indoors to mobile devices at very low cost; and make it easy for people to share their digital content across various previously isolated networks. In June, Airvana, ip.access and Ubiquisys pledged to work together in support of the Femto Forum’s Services Special Interest Group (SIG), which aims to make it simpler for developers to build and deploy new femtocell applications using standardised Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The demonstration with Intrinsyc is the first result from this collaboration.

“With standard femtocell APIs, developers will be able to write mobile applications that run on any femtocell on any network,” said Andrew Germano, Vice Chairman of the Femto Forum and Chairman of the Services SIG. “This kind of demonstration is an important proof point for the Forum’s current focus on creating a standard API for handset applications.”

“The demonstration is part of the wider initiative to ensure femtocell-aware applications will work with any vendor's femtocell,” said Andrew Hurdle, Vice President of Business Development, at Intrinsyc. “UX-Zone is more than just a single application; it’s an extension to our RapidRil™ product set that provides a standardized way for third party applications on the phone to become femtocell-aware.”

 “Femtocell-aware applications offer significant opportunities for developers, network operators and end-users,” said Dean Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. “However, it is important to work towards standardised approaches that can work across multiple types of handset and femtocell. This type of common 'trigger' capability is a very good example and a positive signal for the market.”


About Airvana, Inc.

Airvana helps operators transform the mobile experience for users worldwide. The company’s high-performance technology and products, from comprehensive UMTS and CDMA 3G femtocell solutions based on the HubBub™ femtocell, to core mobile network infrastructure, enable operators to deliver compelling and consistent broadband services to mobile subscribers, wherever they are. Airvana partners with leading network infrastructure and device vendors including Alcatel-Lucent, Hitachi, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Pirelli Broadband Systems, Qualcomm, Tatara and Thomson. Airvana’s products are deployed in 70 commercial networks on six continents. The company is headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., USA, with offices worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.airvana.com/.

 

About Intrinsyc Software International, Inc:

Intrinsyc empowers device makers, mobile operators, and silicon vendors to deliver compelling, next generation mobile and embedded devices with faster time-to-market, higher quality, and differentiating innovation. Our customers and partners rely on our award-winning device development solutions and our industry-leading navigation software and LBS solutions. We globally support our customers with solutions that span all major mobile operating systems and platforms, including Android, Linux, Symbian, Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile. Intrinsyc is publicly traded (TSX: ICS) and headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with offices in China, Israel, Taiwan, U.K. and the United States. http://www.intrinsyc.com/.

 

About Ubiquisys Ltd.

Ubiquisys is the specialist femtocell company recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 2009 Technology Pioneer. Its ZoneGate femtocells are available as standalone units or as part of residential gateways, including the SerComm FC210U and Netgear’s DVG834GH. In 2007 Ubiquisys created the Femto Forum to promote standards in this fast-emerging industry. ABI Research named Ubiquisys as the world's leading femtocell vendor in their 2009 Femtocell Vendor Matrix. In September 2008 the company announced that Softbank would be the world's first operator to offer 3G femtocell services using ZoneGate. Ubiquisys investors include Google and T-Mobile Venture Fund. (http://www.ubiquisys.com/)

 

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Press contacts:

Airvana PR Contacts

Airvana Contact

Rob Morton Davies

Murphy Group

rmorton@daviesmurphy.com

+1-781-418-2460

 

 Intrinsic PR Contacts

Elizabeth Rosenbaum

Vice President, Corporate Marketing

Email: erosenbaum@intrinsyc.com

Phone: +1-604-632-3579

 

Ubiquisys PR Contacts

Ed Howson

Temono PR

ed.howson@temono.com

+44 (0)7740173051

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About ip.access

ip.access develops 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G carrier grade small cell radio solutions.

The company has two primary lines of business; commercial communications networks deployed with service providers, and private networks deployed with system integrators for critical infrastructures, security and surveillance.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, ip.access has deployed more than two million 2G, 3G and 4G small cells, across hundreds of commercial and private networks worldwide.

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