Technology - Mobile 8 - Fixed-Mobile Convergence, UMA, GAN & Femtocells

Synopsis

We discuss the Unlicensed Wireless Access (UWA) Bluetooth and WiFi approach to Fixed-Mobile Convergence and the new GAN (Generic Access Network) standard for implementing this. We also discuss the various types of base-station, including micro-, pico- and femto-nodes, also known as home base-stations, which extend native cellular access to homes and offices, using DSL etc. for backhaul.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC), UMA and GAN
    • 2.1 Overview of UMA and GAN
      • 2.1.1 Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) vs. Fixed-to-Mobile Substitution (FMS)
    • 2.2 Choice of local wireless technology
      • 2.2.1 Bluetooth
      • 2.2.2 WiFi 802.11
      • 2.2.3 BT’s Fusion service
      • 2.2.4 WiMAX and Ultra-Wideband (UWB)
  • 3. UMA/GAN standards
    • 3.1 IMS and SIP
    • 3.2 3GPP’s GAN standard
  • 4. Alternative base-station strategies
    • 4.1 Macro-nodes
    • 4.2 Micro-nodes
    • 4.3 Pico-nodes
    • 4.4 Distributed antenna systems
    • 4.5 Repeaters
    • 4.6 Base-station synchronisation
    • 4.7 Surface Acoustic Wave duplexers
  • 5. Femtocells - home base-stations
    • 5.1 DSL and cable modem backhaul
    • 5.2 Access for particular users
    • 5.3 Access for all users in public places
    • 5.4 Synchronisation and criticality
    • 5.5 CDMA2000 femto-nodes
    • 5.6 Picochip.com’s CPU array chips
      • 5.6.1 Rapid development cycle
      • 5.6.2 WCDMA and WiMAX designs
    • 5.7 UMA/GAN for femto nodes
  • 6. Related reports

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Last updated 19 Mar 2007
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Analyst: Robin Whittle

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