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NEC adds to femtocell solution with Motive

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NEC has announced that its subsidiary, NEC Europe, has established a strategic partnership with Motive, a provider of Service Management solutions for broadband and mobile data services. The partnership will see Motive's service management software integrated into NEC's Femtocell Access Point Management System.

The Femtocell Access Point Management system is said to form a key element of the NEC Femtocell Solution delivering a plug-in-forget installation and provisioning of the Access Points by the end users. NEC says this is seen as a key driver for mass deployment of the Femtocell technology by operators world-wide. The NEC Access Point Management system is under trials with several operators around the world as part of the end to end trials of the NEC Femtocell Solution. .

Anil Kohli, Director, Femtocell programme, NEC Europe, commented: "While operators are beginning to drive femtocell commercialisation forward, industry collaboration continues to be essential. NEC is committed to enhancing its leadership in this area with the skills and knowledge of trusted, well-positioned partners. Motive's service management software and expertise provides the ideal complement to NEC's Femtocell Solution. NEC is playing an instrumental role in driving femtocell innovation, development and standardisation, and has a number of major operator trials underway globally."

"The near-term growth of fixed-mobile converged (FMC) services requires the existence of reliable home networks," said Bryce Judd, Motive's Head of Global Channels and Business Development. "Mobile and broadband operators are looking for solutions to provide the best platform to offer and manage FMC services to subscribers. Motive's Femtocell Management solution is a great example of how providers can manage complex next generation services today. We are excited to have been chosen as NEC's partner for this important new initiative."

As members of the Femto Forum, the independent industry association that supports femtocell deployment worldwide, NEC and Motive are both actively involved in the development of femtocell standardisation.