Japanese cellco KDDI Corp (au) has selected Fujitsu to supply it with a femtocell solution to support its ongoing deployment of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services. Under the deal, the vendor will deliver its Network BroadOne LS100 Series LTE femtocell access point, which it claims is designed to improve signal reception in interior environments. Further, Fujitsu has also supplied KDDI with a femtocell gateway to consolidate the operation of tens of thousands of LTE femtocell access points, provide an element management system to monitor and control the network, and systems services that integrate and ensure the stable operations of these components. Fujitsu also assisted on the building of a VoLTE-compatible femtocell access point system, it said.
Last week, CommsUpdate reported that Netherlands-based digital security developer Gemalto will supply KDDI with its proprietary ‘UpTeq’ multi-tenant LTE SIM to secure end users’ voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services. au, which has more than 40 million mobile subscribers, says the VoLTE service will enable subscribers to enjoy improved voice quality, simultaneous voice and data usability, and seamless connectivity using the newer IP-based 4G LTE network. ‘With KDDI’s LTE network covering 99% of the Japanese population, we have the necessary infrastructure in place to make the VoLTE deployment a success,’ said Masahiro Kobayashi, executive director and general manager, product planning division at KDDI. ‘With VoLTE having the potential to be a USD16 billion business by 2017, KDDI is entering the market at the right time, just as it starts to heat up,’ said Michael Au, president south Asia and Japan at Gemalto.