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.
Rakon 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.
Do femtocells need a "bus lane" on your broadband internet connection to speed through voice calls and ensure high quality? With internet services becoming more congested these days, is best effort really good enough?
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.
We 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.