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SIP femtocell architecture Part 1

SIP femtocell architectureWhat’s needed to roll out a SIP- based femtocell network, and what are the advantages? This series of articles explains what SIP and IMS are, how they might find their way into mobile and other networks, and how this relates to femtocells.

Are we nearly there yet (Femtocell widespread availability that is)?

Femtocell Journey Parents will be familiar with this frequent question when embarking on any long distance trip - even if you've only just left home. From time to time, I've also been asked a similar question by those keen to get their hands on a femtocell - namely "when will these be available at a store near me". Are things about to change soon?

Does a FON commercial model make sense for femtocells?

FON WiFi SharingFON is a service which allows WiFi users to access many hotspots owned and operated by domestic customers. In return for opening up their own WiFi hotspots, users can benefit from secure, easy access when out and about to over 250,000 hotspots. Could this business model be of interest to femtocell customers too?

Femtocells and the Lawnmower Effect

Femtocell Lawnmower EffectYou may have read my note last week about the femtocell Release 8 standards not supporting active call handover into a femtocell. I'd suggested this really wasn't so important, but in many cases it can be. This has been called the "lawnmower effect" - read on to learn what is meant by this.

Femtocell References - how will it affect takeup?

Femtocell ReferenceBefore we buy an innovative new product, we usually want to confirm it is useful, valuable and not just a waste of time and money. Often we do this by asking our friends, or reading reviews. Being able to reference an existing happy customer is an essential element in the adoption of new products. How will this apply to femtocells, which are typically hidden away inside a cupboard at home?

 

Femtocells as a managed service

outsource femtocellsWe’re seeing a significant and growing level of outsourcing across the telecoms industry. Operators are thinking the unthinkable. Will they consider outsourcing their femtocell operation, what would the scope include and what are the issues and risks?

GSM Femtocell on a USB stick coming soon

Magic Jack We’ve looked at ever smaller packaging formats for femtocells, including embedding in picture frames. But I was taken aback by the product announcement from one company which plans to integrate a full GSM femtocell into a USB stick which you can plug into your laptop. Having sold over 3 million USB sticks for landline phone service in the last 18 months, this company needs to be taken seriously – even though they’ve never been mentioned in the femtocell space before.

Femtocell Gateway components and location

gateway What are the components and building blocks for a femtocell gateway? I've suggested that it's likely there will be relatively few of these beasts, co-located with major regional internet connection points, aggregating a lot of voice and data traffic. Can they scale up to meet the full capacity required and what are the bottlenecks?
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    Residential

    Residential

    A significant number of users continue to report poor mobile coverage in their homes. There will always be areas which are uneconomic for mobile operator to reach. They range from rural areas

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    Enterprise

    Enterprise

    The term Enterprise addresses any non-residential in-building including hotels, convention centres, transport hubs, offices, hospitals and retail outlets. It's not just intended for businesses to

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    Urban

    Urban

    Urban small cells (sometimes also named metrocells) are compact and discrete mobile phone basestations, unobstrusively located in urban areas. They can be mounted on lampposts, positioned on the

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    Rural

    Rural

    A rural small cell is a low power mobile phone base station designed to bring mobile phone service to small pockets of population in remote rural areas. These could be hamlets, small villages or

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