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Femtocell Interview with Lauren Town Marketing Director Orange Unik

Lauren Town Orange/France Telecom is a leading proponent of UMA, which uses special dual-mode cellular/WiFi phones to make and receive calls over WiFi as well as the outdoor cellular network. Lauren believes UMA offers many of the same customer benefits as femtocells, and provides insights into what types of customers have bought UMA, how they use it, why it is not promoted for roaming and why Orange are investigating femtocells for enterprise customers. Bringing UMA to market has also highlighted issues for operators merging their fixed/mobile services (and operations), which all highlight lessons for potential femtocell operators.

Femtocell Craze at Mobile World Congress 2009

Barcelona Fira Exhibition Noticeably fewer delegates attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. I wasn’t there either, so point you to a few writeups from those who were (and some who also weren’t). By all accounts, femtocells were one of the main themes and there was plenty of excitement at the joint Femtozone stand. (The photo is one I took at the event a couple of years ago).

Scalability of femtocell business case

Scalable Femtocell Business Case Mobile network operators have up to now invested very large sums of money rolling out cellsites across the country before recouping their costs. Femtocells offer a much more scalable investment profile with much smaller initial fixed cost. This makes it lower risk and potentially much better cashflow.

Preparing to uncover femtocells at Mobile World Congress 2009

The event is undoubtedly the largest and most important in the global mobile industry. Headline figures of more than 50,000 attendees, keynote speakers from all the major businesses and an extensive range of thousands of exhibitors back this up. All the femtocell vendors will be there, many with both their own stands and participating in the Femto Forum's Femtozone.

How much broadband does a femtocell consume?

Femtocell Broadband One of the common concerns about femtocells is that they may use up a lot of broadband internet service, either exceeding a basic allowance or causing additional charges. Let's analyse this with some rough calculations to bring some reality to the debate.

Clock Frequency Accuracy within Femtocells for timing and location

Clock Frequency Accuracy One of the potentially most difficult aspects of a femtocell design is providing the accurate timing clock for all the digital circuitry. It’s got to be good enough to meet the tight tolerances, but inexpensive to fit the budget. We discuss the requirements and innovative ways in which various vendors address this issue.

Femtocells to outnumber Cell Towers by mid 2010

Femtocells outweigh cell towers There are something like 3.7 Million cell towers (or basestations) worldwide. How long will it take before domestic femtocells reach that number. I’ve estimated that this could happen during 2010, only 18 months from now, by which time the RF landscape of network operators could be radically different. Read more about my assumptions and implications.

Review of US Femtocell market

USA Femtocell Market Review January 2009 has seen a flurry of announcements about femtocell product launches in the US. Sprint has been offering its Airave femtocell since September 2008 and now Verizon Wireless has launched its Wireless Network Extender using the same underlying product. ATT Wireless, not to be outdone, has had a flurry of press activity around its so-called 3G microcell, which is still some months away from availability. We've looked at the overall picture, compared the various offerings and drawn some conclusions.

Gold plated femtocell coverage for VIPs

Red Carpet VIP It's a problem as old as the first cellphone network. VIPs insist on excellent coverage and operation in their patch, and operations teams fall into line to meet their requests. How many network CTO's have called their network operations team and complained about a dropped call or poor coverage - expecting it to be resolved quickly? The situation at some network operators has meant that radio planning teams pay special attention to coverage of their C-level managers homes and routes to work. It's said that even the detailed travel plans of VIPs are fed through to radio planning teams to ensure good coverage at premium events.

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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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