Bath-Bangalore link-up brings femtocell technology to India

Bath-based femtocell chip provider picoChip has signed a deal with Bangalore-based Entuple Technologies to develop and sell 3G and 4G femtocell technology in India.

The deal was announced during UK prime minister David Cameron's trade mission to India.

Speaking at the launch of “Enabling Innovation India”, Nigel Toon, CEO of picoChip, said, “The pool of talent and expertise in wireless technology development that lies within India is astonishing, and it is no surprise that the subcontinent is evolving into a centre of excellence for wireless expertise and development.

"The expertise, talent and collaborative spirit of the Entuple team is a formidable asset in driving picoChip’s ambitions and plans for the Indian market.”

Entuple will provide sales, engineering and systems integration support for HSPA+ femtocells, rural femtocells and LTE technology. It already has partnerships with a number of companies working on next-generation communications chips.

“Entuple's mission is to front next-generation technology products for systems design, along with best-in-class technical support and focused solutions,” said Rajesh Agarwal, Entuple’s director of sales. “Partnerships with niche technology leaders such as picoChip are a fundamental part of our strategy and we look forward to enabling effective adoption of these technologies in system design here, while catalysing the growth of the technical capabilities of the design community.”

Analyst firm Gartner estimates that mobile phone penetration in India will grow 55.9 per cent growth this year, and that double-digit growth rates will continue until the end of 2012. 3G services are expected to launch over the next 18 months.

picoChip already has offices in Beijing, China.

Picture shows (l to r) Mike Gledhill, VP of sales for EMEA and India at picoChip, Nigel Toon, CEO of picoChip, and Rajesh Agarwal, Entuple’s director of sales

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