Femtocells are urgently needed in many residential areas where people have unreliable service in different parts of their house. The crucial thing is to develop a good business model and affordable technology. The technology would be widely adopted if Femtocells were free to homeowner who made them freely accessible to the neighborhood. Telecommunications companies would benefit from dramatic improvements in customer satisfaction.
Also keep in mind that the cable companies are starting to consider data limits. These devices only make sense if they don't add cost to the network upon which they are riding. If Comcast or TW make that switch the market could go very cold very fast.
Hi, Larry M. I think that was definitely the case for the 3G network.
Femtocells and Picocells have been added more on an ad hoc basis, I gather.
But if operators do start integrating small cell base stations as one of the key ingredients of their LTE network architecture (from the groud up), things would be different, in my opinion.
I got one of the 3G femtocell boxes, but it was only useful until the carrier built out in my area. I see the 4G versions as the same kind of time-limited market - hot for a while, then not so much.
Seems to be a strong competition between TI and Free scale. But the user scenarios should be clearly understood to make the right integrated chip to drive the cost reduction of end product. SO is there any companies already making the femtocell Base stations other than the regular companies like NSN, Ericsson.
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