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3G Home Base Stations: Femto Cells & FMC for the Masses
Ultra-low-cost home base stations that allow wireless users to communicate across any IP access network using a standard mobile handset will challenge WiFi VOIP for dominance in the consumer fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) market. The major benefits of home base station technology for mobile operators include the ability to provide capacity that scales in line with subscriber demand, a reduced requirement to deploy additional macro carriers to support indoor users, and an opex requirement that is kept in check by IP backhaul paid for by the customer.

By deploying capacity indoors, where it is most needed, cellular operators also gain greater flexibility to introduce disruptive pricing and bundling strategies, allowing them to accelerate capture of wireline voice minutes and grow revenues. Over the long term, there's also an opportunity to develop services that take advantage of low-cost, high-speed Internet access to mobile devices that could potentially extend to applications using handsets to access and control multimedia home networks.

This report identifies key market opportunities for emerging femto cell technology and analyzes the product strategies and roadmaps of more than a dozen leading providers of home base stations.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni0107_toc.pdf)
Privately held vendors are the lead innovators in 3G femto cell product development. The table below summarizes key corporate and funding information for startups in this sector.
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The preferred target architecture for femto cell integration into the mobile core network is to use a packet data gateway with IP Multimedia Subsystem-based call control, which aligns with the long-term vision of an all-IP mobile network. This architecture is depicted in the excerpt below.
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Companies analyzed in this report include: Airvana Inc.; AirWalk Communications Inc.; Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE and Paris: ALU); Andrew Corp. (Nasdaq: ANDW); Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC); ip.access Ltd.; Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY; Tokyo: 6701); Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE); picoChip Designs Ltd.; RadioFrame Networks Inc.; Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC); and Ubiquisys Ltd.
Total pages: 22
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