Updated January 31, 2011.


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Femtocell Workshop
Hosted by Qualcomm


San Diego, CA

Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research




Workshop Agenda
Meeting Location
Hotel and Travel Information
Information for Presenters




Femtocells are emerging as a fundamental element in wireless networks. They provide clear benefits such as improved indoor coverage and greater overall network capacity. But they also introduce significant complications and business models are unproven.

The workshop will consider questions such as:

  • What are the different available architectures for integrating femtocells?
  • How will interference be managed?
  • Should femtocells operate on the same or different frequencies than the wide area network?
  • What are the pros and cons relative to Wi-Fi approaches?
  • How much capacity will networks actually gain?
  • Should femtocells be deployed using 3G or 4G technologies?
  • What represents the best opportunity: consumer or enterprise? How do requirements differ between these?
  • What are application implications?
  • What are the different business models?
  • What regulatory issues (CALEA, 911, etc.) must be addressed?

Note that presenters and many of the attendees, are world leading technologists on the subject material. We allocate sufficient time for discussion that attendees can ask questions of greatest interest. Moreover, the workshops allow informal networking during breaks where attendees can exchange important information.



Workshop. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Attendees obtain access to content presented and detailed minutes.

The preliminary proposed agenda is as follows:


  • 8:00 to 8:30 Registration.
  • 8:30 to 8:45 Peter Rysavy, Executive Director, PCCA. Introductions. PCCA meeting schedule and association update.
  • 8:45 to 9:30 Peter Carson, Sr. Director, QCT Product Management, Qualcomm. Host company presentation.
  • 9:30 to 10:15 Presentation. Presentation. Andy Germano, Vice Chairman, Femto Forum. Femto Forum activities, industry overview, interoperability testing, enterprise vs. consumer, femto services (e.g., location).
  • 10:15 to 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 to 11:15 Presentation. Rao Yallapragada, Sr Dir, Technical Marketing, Qualcomm. "Qualcomm Self Organizing Network (QSON) features for Small Cells in a Heterogeneous Network."
  • 11:15 to 12:00 Presentation. Pantelis Monogioudis, Director of LTE Strategy, Wireless CTO Organization, Alcatel-Lucent. Performance of LTE Heterogeneous Networks.
  • 12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 to 1:45 Presentation. Tom McQuade, Picochip. Greater Femto. Femto/pico/micro architecture, self-provisioning, self-optimizing, automated operations/administration/maintenance.
  • 1:45 to 2:30 Presentation. Nick Johnson, CTO. IP Access. “When Will we see 4G Femtocells, and Will we Recognize them When They’re Here?”
  • 2:30 to 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 to 3:30 Presentation. Tom Hussey. Ubiquisys. Intelligence of femtocells & small cells in general  for a variety of applications spanning residential, enterprise, metro & rural.
  • 3:30 to 4:00 General discussion.


Note: agenda is subject to change.



The workshop will be held at:

Estancia La Jolla, Hotel & Spa


Estancia La Jolla, Hotel & Spa

For assistance with travel, the PCCA recommends Tom Smith Travel, 503-477-5341 or 877-604-3107.



The registration deadline is one week before the workshop.


Workshops are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations may attend for a fee of $375 per person. This fee can be applied towards future membership. Executive-level members may send five people, associate-level members may send two people and affiliate-level members may send one person without incurring meeting charges.

There is no attendance charge for members of the press.

If you intend to come, please register soon.


Click here to register for the meeting using our secure Web page.

Click here to see a current list of members.




The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA workshop: 


  • Presentations are typically 30 minutes to 45 minutes long unless arranged otherwise.
  • There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following the presentation.
  • Presenters must provide their presentations (PDF or PPT) at least one week prior to the workshop to allow for copying to the members area of the PCCA Web site, as well as to allow detailed questions for discussion.
  • This is a technical audience (e.g., engineering and program managers), so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis should be on industry and technology at large, versus selling your product (limit of 3 slides). Consider items such as compatibility, technical alternatives, standardization, deployment considerations, interoperability, certification and adoption.
  • Generally, a dynamic and attentive audience of key industry stakeholders attend each workshop, representing a broad spectrum of the mobile computing industry, including operators, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, middleware providers and application developers.
  • We will provide an LCD projector. Presenters should plan on presenting from their own computers. Presenters should use their own presentation templates.
  • Since PCCA workshops are considered public meetings, please do not include any confidential or proprietary information. Please do not mark your presentations with any terminology indicating confidential or proprietary information.


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