The 4GWorld conference looks at both WiMAX and LTE technologies from both a business and commercial aspect. There are numerous keynote speakers and multiple tracks of panel sessions, including one on where and when femtocells fit in the picture.
A 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.
Vodafone 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?
I've noticed some significant changes in tariff plans offered by some European wireless networks recently. Do they show a different path ahead, and set the direction of things to come?
The Vodafone Access Gateway was launched mid 2009, one of the first residential femtocell services in Europe. The product has since been revised and updated twice, using the new brand name Sure Signal. We've left this original review online for posterity.