Femtocell software supports 2.88Mbps HSUPA

New femtocell software from Munich-based Node-H is said to enable the unit to provide an uplink data speed of 2.88Mbps using HSUPA. The company claims this sustained data transfer rate is the fastest available that operates on a commercial femtocell chipset.

The company, which has demo'ed its 3GPP femtocell protocol software on the Percello PRC 6000 Lima platform, said that it was the first independent software developer to confirm that femtocell downlink speeds of 14Mbps and 2.88Mbps in the uplink was possible.

"HSUPA is already of benefit to users of mobile originated email and with the increased use of image sharing and video uploading it becomes a necessity", says Mike Cronin, CEO of Node-H. "If you notice how long it takes to send something, then it's probably too long."

The company maintains that, due to the lack of femtocell data rate performance, smartphone users have resorted to using Wi-Fi within the home and office for data connections. Node-H claims that even lightly used Wi-Fi may result in devices having to be recharged daily as in the early days of wireless handsets.

However, by using the power-saving techniques within HSPA, Node-H says that users of iPhones or Android-based handsets can take advantage of these sophisticated power control strategies using their sensitive receivers and proximity to the femtocell to minimize signal power and increase battery life.

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