Today Richard Bourne, partner director at Ubiquisys, presented to the China Femtocell Symposium 2011 in Beijing. Femtocells and small cells are a hot topic in China, where in many cases they are an integral part of the huge waves of 3G and 4G wireless deployment.
‘Small cells’ is a catch-all term for a range of traditional and new solutions for hotspot capacity and coldspot coverage. Among the new solutions are small cells developed using femtocell software, and that was the subject of the presentation:
Of course, the reason for the industry focus on small cell hotspots is the massive growth in mobile data usage, driven by smartphone and mobile app adoption amongst mainstream consumers.
Femtocell-powered small cells offer something genuinely new because of their real-time self-managing capabilities, enabling a new layer of capacity to be created that adapts automatically to the planned macro network. These low operating costs also deliver an extremely low cost per GB of data, making them doubly attractive.
The presentation proceeded to describe the anatomy of a femtocell-powered small cell layer by layer, including new developments such as EdgeCloudTM applications. We’ll be talking more about these when we demonstrate them with Intel next week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
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