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Femtocell Technology Enables Small Cell Wireless Revolution
Femtocells are low-power access points that allow wireless subscribers to connect locally within homes, businesses and public spaces without relying on their carrier's main wireless infrastructure. Femtocells are particularly important where 3G signals are weak or non-existent and where large numbers of subscribers are congregated within a small public space.

Femtocell technology has been in development since 2007, and although widespread deployment did not start until 2009, there are already more 3G femtocells than conventional 3G base stations globally. Femtocell technology is still in development and most carriers acquire a complete end-to-end femtocell solution providing free or low-cost femtocell access points to subscribers. The Femtocell Forum is successfully driving standardization, and over time this will lead to a more open market with different vendors supplying the access points and femtocell gateway solution.

Second-generation silicon with integrated baseband and control processor is driving the cost down of femtocell access points. All of the silicon vendors are working with software and end-to-end solutions providers that have developed or licensed femtocell and protocol stack software. Third-generation silicon, now in development, for home femtocells will integrate the femtocell technology with DSL or cable modems in a home gateway solution.

We are now seeing highly integrated solutions for femtocells with integrated baseband and control processor. The next steps, integrating DSL or cable and WiFi in the home gateway and building cost-effective multimode solutions, are more challenging. The winners will be those that can deliver market-leading performance, integration and cost with software that minimizes the provisioning costs and the impact on the existing wireless infrastructure.

Femtocell Technology Enables Small Cell Wireless Revolution details and analyzes femtocell silicon devices and vendors of silicon, software and IP solutions, identifying the key requirements and highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers. The report profiles 16 vendors in this important market, including a review of component availability, features and performance.

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Femtocells were originally developed for residential applications giving improved connectivity within the home for 2G and 3G handsets. Femtocells are now being used beyond the home to give local connectivity within enterprise and public spaces. Femtocell technology is also being used in picocells and larger base stations, blurring the lines between femtocells and other base stations. Femtocells are usually supplied direct to subscribers by their operators but might in the future be supplied through the retail market. The wholesale cost of a 3G femtocell access point is now below $100, and this will drop further with the integration into home gateways. Many operators subsidize the cost of femtocell access points to subscribers.
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Companies profiled in this report include: Aricent Group; Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM); Continuous Computing Corp.; DesignArt Networks Ltd.; Enea AB (Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange: ENEA); Freescale Semiconductor Inc.; ip.access Ltd.; mimiOn GmbH; Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD); Node-H GmbH; Octasic Inc.; Picochip Designs Ltd.; Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM); Tensilica Inc.; Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN); and Ubiquisys Ltd.
Total pages: 17
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