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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.

SIP femtocell architecture Part 2

SIP femtocell architectureIn this mini-series, we are looking at SIP/IMS and how it will apply to Femtocells. In the first part, we explained what SIP/IMS are and how it might apply to 3G mobile networks. This part looks at where these technologies could appear in 4G and other networks, and how networks will migrate to them.

SIP femtocell architecture Part 1

SIP femtocell architectureWhat’s needed to roll out a SIP- based femtocell network, and what are the advantages? This series of articles explains what SIP and IMS are, how they might find their way into mobile and other networks, and how this relates to femtocells.

Are we nearly there yet (Femtocell widespread availability that is)?

Femtocell Journey Parents will be familiar with this frequent question when embarking on any long distance trip - even if you've only just left home. From time to time, I've also been asked a similar question by those keen to get their hands on a femtocell - namely "when will these be available at a store near me". Are things about to change soon?

Does a FON commercial model make sense for femtocells?

FON WiFi SharingFON is a service which allows WiFi users to access many hotspots owned and operated by domestic customers. In return for opening up their own WiFi hotspots, users can benefit from secure, easy access when out and about to over 250,000 hotspots. Could this business model be of interest to femtocell customers too?

Femtocells and the Lawnmower Effect

Femtocell Lawnmower EffectYou may have read my note last week about the femtocell Release 8 standards not supporting active call handover into a femtocell. I'd suggested this really wasn't so important, but in many cases it can be. This has been called the "lawnmower effect" - read on to learn what is meant by this.
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