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My first femtocell experience with the Vodafone Access Gateway!

Being a bit of a femtocell fanatic, I ordered a brand new Vodafone Access Gateway as soon as they were launched. Overall order to activation took just over 2 and a half weeks.  I also needed to completely reconfigure my home network for it to work. Some room for improvement there, but once working call quality was good even up to about 30 metres outside the house.

Lowering the cost of femtocell oscillators

rakonRakon are the leading supplier of crystal oscillators for femtocells, which are perhaps the most significant cost component after the broadband chipset.  We've profiled the company and gained some insights into the measures being taken to reduce cost whilst still meeting the stringent specifications required.

Are Kineto for or against femtocells?

Kineto WirelessWe've seen a lot of publicity from Kineto in recent years promoting UMA - the technology enabling dual mode GSM/WiFi phones.  Their UMA Today publications and blog strongly advocate this solution. But Kineto are also Femto Forum members and offer a femto gateway product. Are they for or against femtocells? We spoke with Keith Mumford, Kineto's product marketing manager in Europe, to get the wider picture.

Femtocell standards now available for live demonstration

Completed Standards compliance took a step closer to reality today when a group of vendors announced they have developed a system which complies with the recently issued 3GPP Release 8 standards. Specifically, this includes the Iuh interface which connects between femtocell gateways and femtocall access points, allowing operators to buy from multiple vendors.

Nigel Toon, CEO picoChip - Femtocell Leadership Interview

Nigel Toon CEO PicoChipWe interviewed Nigel Toon, the new president and CEO of picoChip (the primary supplier of femtocell chipsets). He gave us his view of the current and future femtocell market, explaining picoChip’s strategy to retain dominant leadership. He believes that within 2 years, operators will be clamouring to get a femtocell into your living room and that when the first operators launch femtocells there will be tremendous competitive pressure for others to follow suit.

SIP femtocell architecture Part 3

SIP femtocell architectureHaving looked at what SIP/IMS is, and how it might appear in mobile networks in earlier parts, we now turn to examine what’s required for SIP based femtocells and where they might be used. We also look at interoperability with existing mobile phone services and core networks.
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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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