First Public Demonstration of All-in-One Residential Femtocell Voice Gateway (DVG834GH) Featuring ADSL2+, Wi-Fi, VoIP and 3G Femtocell Technology from Ubiquisys on Display at Mobile World Congress Trade Show
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 6 -- NETGEAR(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, today announced the availability of the Femtocell Voice Gateway (DVG834GH) -- the world's first single-box solution that includes a comprehensive residential gateway with integrated ADSL2+ modem, router, 10/100 wired LAN switch, 802.11g wireless access point, Voice over-IP (VoIP), SPI double firewall, and 3G femtocell technology from Ubiquisys Ltd., the market leader in 3G femtocells. Evaluation units are available now for operator testing, with commercial availability expected during the first half of 2008. The NETGEAR Femtocell Voice Gateway will be demonstrated publicly for the first time at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, February 11-14, 2008.
The Ubiquisys ZoneGate femtocell is a plug-and-play 3G access point that uses a mobile subscriber's broadband connection to transport voice and data calls to the core network using a range of standards-based interfaces. ZoneGate is available as a standalone unit or as a module for gateway integration. NETGEAR and Ubiquisys have built the ZoneGate module into the Femtocell Voice Gateway in order to provide mobile operators with the means to reliably deliver both wired and wireless broadband connectivity to converged home networks.
"The proliferation of advanced multimedia applications and fixed mobile convergence now requires the existence of reliable home networks with fast Internet access, which can also support applications via mobile phones and other handheld devices," said David James, NETGEAR's director of product marketing for service provider markets. "Mobile operators are looking for solutions to help drive this quad-play experience and the NETGEAR Femtocell Voice Gateway with Ubiquisys femtocell technology is the ideal all-in-one solution. Together, we are able to provide operators with a device that not only delivers high quality cellular phone coverage throughout the home and small office, but also enables consumers to access and enjoy a range of home networking services via existing 3G handsets."
NETGEAR Femtocell Voice Gateway (DVG834GH) Seven products in one, the Femtocell Voice Gateway reduces the clutter of multiple networking devices and the jumble of wires. The gateway simply plugs into an ADSL line and enables consumers to share their broadband connection to the Internet with all of their mobile devices and networked computers, both wired and wirelessly. Featuring a 3G (UMTS) femtocell with HSDPA, plus high-speed 802.11g Wi-Fi and four 10/100 Ethernet ports, the Femtocell Voice Gateway makes it possible for end-users to download large files, video conference, and distribute and play high-quality digital movies, photos and MP3s on mobile devices in the blink of an eye.
In addition to its unparalleled capabilities, the NETGEAR Femtocell Voice Gateway also includes NETGEAR's Smart Wizard(R) Install Assistant for ease of installation and management. Simplifying and accelerating setup, Smart Wizard automatically detects and configures the gateway for virtually all ISP connections. Then, easy to follow on-screen prompts guide users through each step of installation.
The Femtocell Voice Gateway's double firewall (NAT + SPI) protects the network with business-class security against intruders and malicious attacks, including logs and alerts of break-in attempts, while the VPN pass-through allows safe connections to business networks from a home or office. Also ideal for VoIP, the Femtocell Voice Gateway, which supports SIP and several popular codecs, turns broadband lines into both a private mobile network and a phone line to minimize phone costs. Designed to industry standards-based specifications with TR-069 Remote Management, the femtocell gateway can also support the future addition of such advanced features as IGMP Multimedia Support.
"With the growing deployment of high speed 3G services, combined with the popularity of multimedia handsets, mobile phones are fast becoming the convenient way of accessing the Internet, media content, and messaging. Femtocells dramatically extend this convenience factor, giving mobile users great coverage and maximum speed 3G data in a low-cost environment -- at home." said Will Franks, CTO and Co-founder of Ubiquisys.
"Our development with NETGEAR delivers on the promise of a fully integrated home gateway, placing the mobile phone at the center of innovative residential service models. Ubiquisys femtocells are currently in trials with ten mobile operators, providing further evidence of the company's leadership in the femtocell space."
The NETGEAR Femtocell Voice Gateway (DVG834GH) can be seen in action at the Ubiquisys stand (1G19) at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, February 11-14, 2008.
About Ubiquisys Ltd.
Ubiquisys is a privately owned communications company formed in 2004 to bring the ground breaking ZoneGate femtocell technology to market. The ZoneGate 3G access point is a small plug-and-play device that simply and seamlessly connects to a user's broadband gateway or becomes an integrated module as part of a comprehensive residential gateway device. The system is network connectivity agnostic, supporting multiple interfaces to the operator's core network. The ZoneGate access point is remotely managed and updated using standard TR-069 management systems. ZoneGate enables mobile operators to extend 3G coverage in an extremely targeted way, reduce deployment costs, generate new revenue streams and speed up fixed-mobile substitution. Ubiquisys was recently named a Red Herring Europe 100 Winner. For more information, visit http://www.ubiquisys.com/.
About NETGEAR(R), Inc.
NETGEAR(R) (NASDAQ:NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking solutions that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The Company's product offerings enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. As an ENERGY STAR(R) partner, NETGEAR offers products that prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the U.S. government. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.netgear.com/ or call (408) 907-8000.
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