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Femtocell deployment has slowed but it still coming

Femtocells promise to alleviate one of the most common issues that plague mobile phone users; that of poor signal strength inside a home or office. The small devices route cellular signals through a broadband internet connection when in range.

ABI Research reports that the recession has slowed femtocell deployment, but the research firm says that is only temporary.

ABI Research analyst Aditya Kaul said in a statement, "Femtocell rollouts to date have been limited, controlled ones. But ABI Research expects that 2010 will see shipments climbing well above a million units."

According to Kaul, the femtocell deployment race will start in earnest in late 2009 or early 2010 when a major mobile operator announces a multi-city commercial femtocell deployment. The analyst believes that the deployment will push other mobile operators to follow.

ABI believes that one significant barrier to femtocell deployment today is the price of the hardware. Analysts believe that the femtocell market can operate at various price points, but the psychological barrier for many buyers will be $100. ABI notes that a low-cost femtocell is essential to bridging the gap between niche markets and the mass market.

Kaul also points out that at this point there has been no real test of a large-scale femtocell deployment in the real world. All tests have been simulated thus far. He notes, "These challenges are all valid, but none of them are show-stoppers – there’s no ‘elephant in the room’ that will pose a major obstacle to large-scale deployment."

The mobile operator that Kaul is alluding to could well be Verizon. Verizon announced in October 2008 that it would be offering femtocells in early 2009. The catch is that not only will Verizon customers need to buy the femtocell at $99.99; customers will also have to pay an additional $10 or $20 per month on their phone bill.



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RE: $$??
By GaryJohnson on 3/19/2009 5:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
If you don't have coverage at your house and buying a femtocell gives you coverage, then you're paying more to get more.

If you can get good cell coverage at your residence you can drop your land line which will save money in the long run.


RE: $$??
By bhieb on 3/19/2009 5:11:38 PM , Rating: 3
Your kinda missing the point. The point is that if the "coverage" map includes my house, then I should be able to get a good signal there. If not then why should I have to pay extra because they are too cheap to put up enough towers.

More bars in more places my a...


RE: $$??
By Proxes on 3/19/2009 11:34:39 PM , Rating: 2
Where I live there's a few caves that hold various types of companies, e.g. whole warehousing complexes. In those caves you can't receive radio or cell.

For companies operating under those conditions there's an obvious advantage to getting a femtocell to plug into your wired LAN/WAN.


RE: $$??
By Lerianis on 3/19/2009 11:46:54 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but look at the article.... the main people who are supposed to use these things are home users..... which doesn't make any F***ing sense, since we are ALREADY paying for service.

I can understand businesses not being able to get signals.... they are usually made of concrete with metal bars in them, both of which block signals...... but home users, even in mobile homes? Come on, no way Jose!

My parents have that problem where we live: they either have to hang their phone in the window and use by father's blue-tooth headset to talk, or go outside and sit on the porch to talk on their cell phones.


RE: $$??
By Proxes on 3/20/2009 10:03:24 AM , Rating: 2
The article said "home or office".


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