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What is a femtocell?
A femtocell, originally called Access Point Base Station, is a small cellular base station, designed for use in residential and small business environments. It connects to the service provider’s network via broadband, such as DSL or cable.
A femtocell allows service providers to extend service coverage indoors, especially where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable. Femtocells are alternatives to Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC). While most FMC architectures require a new (dual-mode) handset that works with existing home/enterprise Wi-Fi access points, a femtocell-based deployment works with existing handsets but requires installation of a new access point.
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2007-11-01 ZTE claims 'first' W-CDMA commercial femtocell
ZTE claims its ZXWR H8901 product is the world's first W-CDMA commercial Home NodeB, also known as femtocell.
2009-06-09 Wireless groups team to develop WiMAX femtocell spec
The Femto Forum and the WiMAX Forum have agreed to collaborate on the development of WiMAX Femtocell Access Point (WFAP) specifications that will address topics such as end-to-end QoS, provisioning, network entry and authentication, power optimization, and mobility management.
2009-04-13 Wireless groups issue femtocell standards
The prospects for commercial rollouts of femtocells took a major step forward with the publication by the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP), the Femto Forum and the Broadband Forum of the first global standards for the emerging technology.
2008-09-24 WiMAX femtocell SoC slashes design cost barriers
Fabless wireless chip designer DesignArt Networks has released its second chip in its SoC platform architecture, targeting WiMAX femtocells.
2013-02-28 Wholesale femtocell deployments seen for the year
ABI Research predicted that femtocell as a service is a new and upcoming wholesale model for deploying femtocells, targeted at mid-lower tier operators by providing a hosted femtocell core network.
2008-12-03 TI DSPs power femtocell field trials
Texas Instruments Inc. has revealed that major OEMs are using its DSPs in on-going field trials of the home base stations or 3G access point business.
2008-07-24 Three firms showcase 3GPP LTE femtocell functionality
Agilent recently announced that engineers from Agilent, picoChip Designs Ltd and mimoOn GmbH have successfully tested a 3GPP LTE femtocell reference design using Agilent's MXA signal analyzer VSA test solutions.
2008-12-09 StarHub deploys 'first' commercial 3G femtocell network
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd announced that it has helped StarHub, a telecoms operator in Singapore, deploy the world's first commercial 3G femtocell network.
2008-12-04 SoCs drive down femtocell costs
With the boom of mobile broadband data services, operators are looking to find new ways and cost models to facilitate the delivery of wireless service capacity to subscribers.
2007-09-26 Sequans, PMC-Sierra team on Mobile WiMAX femtocell solution
Sequans Communications and PMC-Sierra Inc. have partnered to provide Mobile WiMAX equipment manufacturers with an all-in-one solution for the development of Mobile WiMAX femtocells.
2008-08-06 RF subsystem suits GPRS, Edge femtocell base stations
Skyworks Solutions Inc. has launched a highly integrated RF subsystem designed for GSM, GPRS and Edge femtocell base stations and cellular repeaters.
2010-09-07 RF Quick Start Kit speeds up femtocell time to market
Lime Microsystems has just introduced their RF Quick Start Kit as well as an optimized reference design for its multi-band multi-standard RF transceiver IC for femtocells, the LMS6002D.
2011-05-24 Report details LTE femtocell options for operators
According to the Femto Forum's report, LTE femtocells operators' choices will be driven by existing business and technology conditions such as their infrastructure, timeframe and extent of implementation.
2008-02-13 Ref design eases development of femtocell base stations
Freescale Semiconductor and Sequans Communications have co-developed a reference design that promises to shrink form factors, lower costs and streamline the development of high-performance WiMAX femotocell access point products.
2007-11-26 picoChip unrolls single-chip WiMAX Wave 2 femtocell
The first single-chip WiMAX Wave 2 femtocell has been unveiled by picoChip.
2008-02-12 NEC, Kineto push 3GPP GAN for femtocell standardization
NEC and Kineto Wireless have presented a joint proposal to enable the mobile industry to quickly define a standard for supporting the deployment of femtocells.
2008-06-19 NEC taps Genband as femtocell partner
NEC Corp. announced that it would integrate Genband's G9 Converged Media Gateway into its femtocell solution architecture for mobile operators.
2008-09-24 NEC bags femtocell system order from Softbank
NEC has received an order from Softbank Mobile Corp. for IMS-based (IP Multimedia Subsystem) femtocell system.
2007-11-09 Motorola runs 3G femtocell trials in Europe
Motorola announced that it has completed the testing of its 3G femtocell technology and has moved on to a trial with an undisclosed major European carrier.
2008-09-30 LTE rollout to boost picocell, femtocell markets
A new report from ABI Research forecasts that femtocells and picocells will form an integrated part of the initial rollouts of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
2008-05-26 LTE femtocell, picocell reference designs debut
picoChip has announced what is said to be the industry's first LTE femtocell and picocell reference designs, the PC8608 Home eNodeB and PC8618 eNodeB, respectively.
2006-07-25 Korea Telecom picks picoChip for Femtocell devt
picoChip announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Korea Telecom to develop WiBro/WiMAX access points, sometimes called Femtocells or Home-Basestations.
2010-02-12 Ikanos, picoChip drive femtocell adoption
Ikanos Communications Inc. and picoChip are partnering to advance the integration of smart mobile devices into the home network.
2008-11-03 Hurdling the stumbling blocks of femtocell design
Much has been made of the technical challenges to developing and deploying networks of femtocells. This article looks at the key practical challenges that have been overcome to make this possible.
2009-05-25 HSPA+ femtocell chip supports 8 users
picoChip has released the picoXcell PC312 HSPA+ femtocell SoC, claimed to be the first such device to support eight users, with simultaneous voice and data services.
2007-07-24 Google invests in femtocell pioneer Ubiquisys
Femtocell pioneer Ubiquisys has secured $25 million in a round B funding that included Google and existing investors, bringing the total venture capital raised to date to $37 million.
2009-01-08 Get ready for the 'super femtocell'
Residential femtocells lack capacity and enterprise-grade features. Meanwhile, traditional picocells have high costs of ownership. Hence, there is a still a need for enterprise-grade devices that look and feel like femtocells. Enter the "super femtocell."
2008-07-21 Forum adopts protocol for large-scale femtocell deployments
The Femto Forum has announced that it will implement the Broadband Forum's TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol, a worldwide standard for real-time management of customer premises equipment, as the basis for the management protocol for femtocells.
2011-07-12 Femtocell, picocell tech to push LTE deployment
The integration of femtocell and picocell solutions with LTE will offer network providers faster returns on infrastructure investments, says Frost & Sullivan.
2007-05-24 Femtocell tech enhances indoor mobile coverage
A possible rival to combined fixed mobile offering, which can boost indoor coverage of mobile phone networks is set to hit mass market in less than a year, according to a Reuters report.
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