Femtocells are tiny devices that connect to home broadband to provide a premium mobile experience indoors. Millions have already been supplied by mobile operators to customers in the US, Asia and Europe, and deployment numbers are rapidly increasing.
First there is the award-winning G3 residential femtocell. This intelligent femtocell can handle 8 simultaneous calls and up to 14.4Mbps data, yet it stands just 8cm tall and consumes only a few watts of power. Unlike other femtocells being supplied today, the G3 constantly monitors and adapts to its radio environment. This intelligent behaviour eliminates interference problems, which ensures a dependable customer experience. SoftBank in Japan currently provides the G3 free of charge to its customers.
Ubiquisys is also previewing a new device from SoftBank Mobile in Japan. This advanced femtocell, built by SerComm, includes integrated Wi-Fi, and features the first OSGi service platform in a femtocell. OSGi is widely used in consumer electronics to provide applications in areas such as automation, entertainment and retail.
Finally, Ubiquisys is showing a new femtocell from Tecom. This femtocell demonstrates just how quickly the top device manufacturers can design and build a ready-to-deploy femtocell using the Ubiquisys femto-engine system.
These developments illustrate a number of trends in residential femtocells:
- Femtocell technology and Wi-Fi are complementary technologies that happily co-exist in the same box
- Femtocells are increasingly an integrated capability in a multi-function device, such as a home gateway, or a snap-on accessory
- The number of femtocell manufacturers is increasing to meet market demand for designed-to-order devices
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