The company headquarters and R&D are located in Taipei, Taiwan with three large production facilities based in Suzhou, China.
They have been prototyping and developing residential small cell products for some time, participating in the Femto Forum plugfest in February 2011 and June 2011
Askey's small cell portfolio is targeted at the residential market and they have not announced plans for other market segments.
They launched the FCE2046 Home Cell in 2012, having licenced the software from Alcatel-Lucent.
The product functionality is comparable with most other 3G residential small cells, including Self-Organising/Optimisation, sniffing of 2G/3G nearby cells, remote management etc.
Key product details:
RF Power 20mW
Data rate: up to 21Mbit/s (depending on software version)
Because of the software licencing arrangement, which includes conformance and certification testing with the Alcatel-Lucent femtocell gateway, Askey are able to sell directly to operators. They offer a wide variety of customisation (colour, packaging size/style etc.) which enables differentiation from other consumer products, and to fit in with local requirements.
Askey's experience in high volume production of consumer electronics provides confidence in quality, capacity and reliability of their solutions.