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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?

Manish Singh of Continuous Computing discusses Femtocell Gateways

Manish SinghManish Singh, VP Product Line Management for Continuous Computing, shares his views on the Femtocell Gateway marketplace. As you'd expect, he's expounded the details of Continuous Computing's product offering in this area. He also discusses who the main femtocell gateway vendors are, whether that might change, interoperability issues and enterprise features.
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