Qualcomm has taken a stake in ip.access, which develops femtocell products.
Ip.access CEO Stephen Mallinson says "This shows there is acceleration in the interest in femtocells". The details of Qualcomm's investment were not disclosed.
Femtocells are small base stations for wireless home broadband. They improve indoor coverage and increase capacity. When a user is making calls and surfing the web with a phone or laptop equipped with wireless broadband, signals are sent via the femtocell and a fixed broadband connection.
The funding deal with Qualcomm will help ip.access roll out products, Mallinson says.
Cisco Systems, Intel and Motorola have also invested in ip.access.