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Femtocell Leadership Interview with Will Franks CTO Ubiquisys

Will Franks CTO Ubiquisys Will Franks, CTO of Ubiquisys (an independent femtocell access point vendor), is pleased that the Femto Forum has given smaller femto companies a voice in the femto standards. He notes that operators have been largely silent on the state of their femtocell trials and market launch plans, suggests we’ll see “hard launches” during 1H2009 addressing many go-to-market business processes and indicates that some operators are choosing between enterprise and domestic markets for femtocells.

 

Emergency Calls and Femtocells

Emergency Ambulance Would you benefit from owning a femtocell in case of a medical emergecny or if your house was burning down? How do femtocells handle emergency calls, and is this better or worse than existing mobile network operation? I’ve drawn some comparisons (and lessons learnt) from existing VoIP services.

 

 

Kindle eBook and Femtocells

eBook  Have you seen the latest eBook technology which allows you to store and view many books on a remarkably easy to read display? The Amazon Kindle specifically includes a cellular 3G service which runs on Sprint's network, allowing you to choose and download an eBook almost anywhere in the US. Would eBook users benefit from having a femtocell at home?

Metro Femtocells and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Compared

Distributed Antenna Systems There’s been a lot of hype recently proposing femtocells as a low cost means of rolling out mobile network capacity (specifically for LTE, the new 4th Generation radio standard). Femtocells could be a low cost way of providing hotspot capacity in public areas. But in some situations, it will compete with existing techniques. Here we compare and contrast femtocells with DAS.

Sudhir Tangri - Aricent

Sudhir Tangri We spoke with Sudhir Tangri, Assistant VP Strategic Marketing from Aricent, who provide software, consultancy and SI to vendors and operators. He believes that the 3G femtocell BoM cost will drop next year to $50, suggests that it’s the applications not devices which will drive demand for LTE and believes LTE femtocells are the most appropriate way to rollout this new 4G radio capacity.


LTE Femtocells - coming to a lamp post near you soon

Lamp Post for Femtocells There is a lot of industry momentum building up for LTE femtocells. Much of this is from the vendor community, who have invested to create the chipsets and technology software platforms which enable it. For example, picoChip have already developed and proven an LTE femtocell prototype last year using the emerging standards.

Tariff plans for mobile broadband need to encourage users to offload data traffic to femtocells

Data Tariff Bundles  I've read several articles recently articulating that mobile broadband networks are quickly filling up with traffic and thus affecting the end-user experience. The dramatic reduction in pricing (1000 times cheaper), wide availability of USB data dongles and 3G service means that mobile broadband is moving from an occasional outdoor/on-the-road access to being marketed as a direct competitor for DSL wireline broadband at similar or even lower prices.

There are concerns that the networks aren't geared up to take the strain (particularly of streaming video) and are actively looking at alternative ways to satisfy their customer demands. One example is where the Apple iTune downloads to their iPhone are restricted to WiFi rather than over the mobile broadband network.

 

The thirst for wireless data. Are femtocells the cheapest way to quench it?

Thirst for Data The thirst for mobile data has never been stronger. Data revenues from several operators now exceed $10Bn annually and continue to grow. The adoption of mobile broadband has been rapid, particularly in Europe, where prices have been driven down to $20-30/month or less.

Indeed, a survey by the WiFi alliance found that 48% of students would give up beer rather than WiFi.

Data will grow by 200 to 700 times in the next 10 years

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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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