Femtocell is rapidly emerging as a fundamental technology
enabler in the deployment of next generation (3G/4G) wireless
network infrastructure. Femtocell is a small cellular base
station, typically designed to be used in a residential or small
business environment. This access point communicates to the
wireless service providers' network through a broadband
With the help of a femtocell, a wireless operator can improve
both coverage and capacity especially in an indoor area, where
access would otherwise be limited or unavailable, in a highly
cost effective way. This will reduce the carriers operating costs
along with its capital expenditures.
According to research firm ABI Research, after a lukewarm
first six months of 2012, the demand for femtocell has bounced
back in the second half in the U.S. Approximately 2 million
indoor base station units were shipped during the said time
period. ABI also stated that the momentum for femtocell will
remain strong as the wireless operators have started considering
this technology as a better network quality to offer.
According to a report in Light Reading, five major global
wireless operators are on the verge to install femtocell
extensively for their next generation 4G LTE networks. These
wireless operators are
Sprint Nextel Corp.
Vodafone Group plc.
AT&T became the first U.S. wireless service provider to
deploy 3G femtocell base station beating its nearest rival Sprint
Nextel. The company developed its 3G femtocell using
Cisco System Inc.
) technical expertise. This base station radio is 3G-handset
compatible, fully secured, and supports enhanced indoor coverage
up to four voice or data users at once and also supports seamless
In 2013, AT&T will extensively deploy femtocells for its
3G HSPA+ networks. 4G LTE femtocells will be deployed in 2014.
Management has decided to install 40,000 femtocells by the end of
2015. On the other hand, Sprint Nextel has been providing 2G CDMA
femtocell since 2007 and so far the company has installed more
than 1 million CDMA femtocells. Sprint Nextel will deploy 4G LTE
femtocells more extensively in late 2013 and 2014.
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