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Mobile & Wireless

Is there a market for Vodafone's femtocell?

Tuesday 28 August 2012 | 10:57 CET | Author: Tim Poulus | Market Commentary
While Wi-Fi continues to enjoy a second youth, Vodafone Netherlands is introducing a femtocell for the consumer and business market. The device costs EUR 85 and offers speeds up to 14/5 Mbps. The femtocell (SignaalPlus Plug & Play) can be programmed for a specific set of up to 32 users or opened to all Vodafone customers. The connection is routed over a fixed broadband line.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Google / O2 / SFR / Skype / Sprint / Telefonica- Movistar / Virgin Media / Vodafone / Vodafone Netherlands / Ziggo
Countries: Netherlands
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Wifi solves only the data issue - not voice. I.e. if you have bad voice coverage at home, you can benefit from a Femto cell.
Lars Larsen @ 30/8/2012 - 13:46

Good read, there are some interesting parallel developments. The mobile phone is gradually replacing the fixed phone as the main residential phone, meanwhile a femto is effectively a "small cell". There may be benefits to operators beyond viewing it as as a home coverage device. By making it "public" the returns would (on average) be higher per device, thereby underwriting the HW cost. The price to the customer could then be significantly reduced. It might even be worth Operators offering Femtos at cost in areas with low coverage (rural) or, better still, high demand (city high-streets) as part of a wider roll out plan for LTE. This might be especially valuable for operators on higher LTE frequencies with weak indoor penetration. As for WiFi issues, smart phones automatically prioritise WiFi access over 3/4G, the issue Femto fixes for the user is the ability to make and receive traditional calls & SMS. It may even be worth Operators considering bundling a WiFi router with the Femto.
StJohn Deakins @ 29/8/2012 - 10:27


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