To further expedite the definition and deployment of femtocells within mobile operator networks, the global trade association for the mobile industry GSMA and the Femto Forum, the independent association that supports femtocell deployment worldwide, have agreed to work together. Consequently, the GSMA will provide mobile operators’ requirements and outline specifications for femtocells to the Femto Forum to ensure that this new technology develops in a way that maximizes its potential to serve mobile users. Where appropriate, the two groups will also work together to address issues that may affect deployment of femtocells, such as operator security requirements or the regulatory environment.

“Femtocells promise to provide excellent mobile coverage for both voice and high-speed data services in homes, offices and campus environments,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer of the GSMA. “Through this agreement with the Femto Forum, we will seek to ensure that femtocells fit seamlessly into mobile operators’ existing networks so that users can enjoy a compelling range of services regardless of whether they connect through a femtocell or a conventional basestation.”

“Femtocells have the potential to significantly change the cost of delivering high-quality mobile broadband services, to the benefit of operators and customers alike,” said Simon Saunders, chairman of the Femto Forum. “However, delivering on the simple femtocell proposition of lower cost and better quality mobile communications is only achievable if the entire industry can work together. The cooperation between the GSMA and the Femto Forum is a key step in making this happen.”