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Intellectual Property: The hidden tax on Femtocells

Femtocell Tax Intellectual Property is the “other meaning” of the term IP (sometimes also known as IPR for Intellectual Property Rights). How will this "tax" apply to femtocells and derived products? [Note: Earlier link error fixed - click through to view the article]

Growing diversity of femtocell vendors

Femtocell vendor diversity In a recent exclusive interview with ThinkFemtocell.com, Manish Singh, VP Product Management for Continuous Computing revealed their company has an astonishing 23 active engagements in the femtocell marketplace. This suggests that many more "undeclared" vendors may be joining the fray having identified strong market potential.

Femtocells - It's all or nothing

Femtocells need critical mass to be viable  An important part of the business case for femtocells for operators is to offload their macrocellular network, so they don’t need to invest as much in their basestations. If a large part of the network traffic is handled locally by femtocells and connected through customer’s own broadband internet, then significantly less investment will be required. Less additional radio equipment on each cellsite, less backhaul (transmission from the cellsites to the operator’s main switching centres) and potentially reducing the need for additional sites in heavily congested areas.

Femtocell Installation

Small Screwdriver The premise of the vendors is that femtocells should require no radio planning. Since operators do not, by and large, know where any individual femtocell will be deployed, they cannot reconfigure their macro network to account for this. There is substantial research and trial work ongoing to reduce the impact of the femtocell on the outdoor macrocellular network. Since the signal levels are very low power and do not easily penetrate walls, little is radiated outside the premises where they are located. Some femtocells also “listen” to the external macrocellular network to pick a frequency which will cause minimum interference.


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