Picochip and InterDigital are collaborating on delivering advanced broadband traffic management solutions across cellular femtocells with embedded Wi-Fi access. During the Femtocells World Summit 2011 in London both companies successfully demonstrated how InterDigital’s converged gateway technology, integrated on Picochip’s 3G femtocell with Wi-Fi, delivers offloading solutions by managing data flows across multiple physical transports or networks.
InterDigital’s converged gateway solution is capturing synergies between cellular and Wi-Fi by using advanced operator-controlled policies to combine, split, or handover data streams based on contextual parameters, such as channel conditions, content, user preferences and subscription plans.
A smartphone can receive data over both cellular and Wi-Fi networks simultaneously, and the converged gateway can aggregate the two connections to improve quality of service or segregate different applications over different radios. For example, a subscriber could watch a streaming video using the higher bandwidth of Wi-Fi, but use 3G with its better security and billing for the authentication and payment for services. Alternatively, two mediocre channels can be combined to provide higher throughput and reliability to a user.