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Airvana and Freescale Join Forces to Deliver LTE and Multi-Mode Femtocells

Platforms Will Accelerate LTE Rollouts and Help Ensure 3G/4G Coexistence

February 14, 2011
Press Release

Airvana Corp., the 3G CDMA femtocell company, has today announced that it will deliver its next-generation LTE and multi-mode 3G/LTE femtocells using Freescale Semiconductor’s QorIQ Qonverge product portfolio. The newly-announced QorIQ Qonverge family includes a range of highly integrated, multi-mode processors supporting small cell—femto and pico—through large metro and macro cell applications with a common architecture.

Airvana multi-mode femtocells based on the new Freescale technology will allow operators to accelerate their Long Term Evolution (LTE) data service rollouts while also providing uninterrupted and transparent access to 3G voice and data services. LTE is the global standard for fourth generation high-bandwidth, packet-based wireless networks and is expected to become the platform for enhanced multimedia services. Femtocells will be critical to the success of LTE based on their unique ability to cost-effectively expand wireless coverage and capacity. Multi-mode femtocells will enable operators to provide consumers with an LTE user experience while supporting 3G devices that continue to proliferate and are expected to outnumber LTE devices for several years.

“Freescale is pleased to deliver our highly advanced QorIQ Qonverge technology to the leader in 3G CDMA femtocells. Using this new portfolio, Airvana’s products can support multiple air interface technologies using a common silicon platform architecture that helps optimize software reuse and speed time to market,” said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Networking and Multimedia Group. “We look forward to working with Airvana to accelerate the deployment of small cells in next-generation wireless networks.”

“By providing a common architecture that scales from small to very large cells, Freescale gives us the flexibility to address residential, enterprise and public space LTE small cell markets,” said Mike Clark, Airvana’s general manager for femtocell business. “Furthermore, the platform’s programmability allows us to deliver several capabilities, such as advanced interference mitigation and self-organizing network (SON) features, which we have developed and proven in large-scale commercial deployments.”

“One of the best means of supporting the expected growth of mobile data usage is to bring the mobile data user closer to the serving cell site, thereby meaningfully increasing spectral efficiency and improving the end user experience,” noted Michael Thelander, Founder and CEO of Signals Research Group, LLC. “Femtocells with multi-mode capabilities will play a critical role in this new network architecture, providing both the legacy voice and data services while supporting the long-term migration to LTE.”

About Airvana Corp.
Airvana Corp.‘s femtocell solutions dramatically improve the coverage, performance and capacity of 3G CDMA wireless networks. The company’s achievements include the delivery of the first 3G CDMA femtocell to be deployed commercially by mobile operators, the first IMS-based femtocell, and the first open femtocell management system. Airvana is a founding member of the femtocell industry body, the Femto Forum, and has played an active role in the development of femtocell standards. The company is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA. For more information, visit www.airvana.com.

Airvana and Freescale Join Forces to Deliver LTE and Multi-Mode Femtocells

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