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New York coverage problems could be fixed by femtocells

iPhone Problem Femtocell SolutionAn apocryphal story was reported recently of an iPhone user in New York who wanted to return it and have it repaired because of the large number of voice calls which were failing. On investigation, the store found that there was a 22% call drop rate. However, this wasn't deemed to be particularly unusual for that area and the customer was sent on his way without any change. Wouldn't it have made him a happier customer if he'd been given (or even just able to buy) a femtocell to solve these issues when indoors?

UMTS Standards for SIP/IMS femtocells

Femtocell-UMTS-standardsThe 3GPP standard body develops and releases all standards pertaining to the GSM/UMTS and LTE mobile network. Both of the 3GPP SA1 committee (which produces requirements specifications) and 3GPP SA2 (which looks after the system architecture aspects) have been dealing with this hot topic.

The Femto Forum (not a standards body itself) has hosted some very lively debate on the subject, with a view to achieving industry consensus so that time spent at standards meetings can focus on developing and approving the standards. This will reduce the time taken to reach an approved standard, and limit the risk of developing or deploying pre-standardised solutions.

Guest Post: Arun Handa explains the importance of Iu-h interface

Arun Handa CTO IntellinetArun Handa, CTO of IntelliNet shares some insight into the current state of the Iu-h standard, explains why some implementions are being delayed, and what the 3GPP standards body is now focussed on. He argues for operators to re-iterate their commitment to the Iu-h standard in order to achieve low price point and full plug-and-play interoperability.

The polo mint approach to LTE rollout opens an opportunity for femtocells

Polo MintFirst let me explain that a Polo Mint is a UK style of popular sweet with a hole in the middle (it's torridal in shape, like a lifebelt). This concentric ring illustrates what could be a popular strategy for initial LTE network rollout, where the central metropolitan districts and distant rural areas are addressed first. This may mean that femtocells are even more relevant in the suburban areas that would be bypassed during the early phase.

Key themes for 4G wireless conferences should include femtocells

4GI'll be attending the 4G World conference and exhibition in Chicago next week, organized by the Yankee Group. Get in touch if you would like to meet up and discuss any aspect of Femtocells and/or 4G - I'm always interested in other viewpoints. There's an exclusive track on femtocells, but as you can imagine there will be more interest in the debate between WiMAX and LTE.

Managed Service Business Model for femtocells

Femtocell OutsourcingA Scottish firm has been pushing the envelope on who and how femtocells may be sold and operated. Hay Systems, who have designed and launched their own 2G GSM femtocell, have announced two new routes to market. Here, we look again at the option for outsourcing the femtocell operation as a managed service.

A million dollars of spectrum with every femtocell

Femtocell Spectrum PriceVodafone is more fortunate than many 3G network operators because it bought more 3G spectrum than most. It paid 5,964,000,000 pounds (about $10 Billion) for 15Mhz of spectrum, of which perhaps $3Billion remains unused today. Femtocells are making use of it, but with a few thousands femtocells being shipped, each $250 effectively comes with $1million of spectrum.

How was this extra spectrum used? Is this really necessary for femtocell deployment and would this be an issue for other network operators?

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