NEC (NASDAQ:NIPNY) has teamed up with NETGEAR (NASDAQ:NTGR) to develop an integrated 3G access point that will be embedded within NEC's femtocell solution. The end-to-end solution for mobile operators includes a 3G femtocell access point, femtocell gateway, and access point management and provisioning system.

NETGEAR's Femtocell Voice Gateway will enable operators to extend and improve 3G coverage and capacity in a home or small office environment, as well as provide access to advanced networking services via the existing 3G handsets.

"The global market for femtocells is set to grow massively, with some forecasts predicting several million femtocells deployed by 2011," Anil Kohli, director of global femto competence centre at NEC Europe, said in a statement. "With this collaboration, NEC and NETGEAR are addressing a key segment of the market which demands a femtocell integrated with a residential gateway."