BT's planned launch of consumer mobile services could be delayed from the original target of April 2015 because of technical problems with the operator's network, according to a report by the UK's Telegraph newspaper.
Today, there is almost no mention of the consumer segment in terms of femtocells. In part, this is because this part of the market is more mature, with over 40 operators worldwide offering femtocells to consumers. So it is perhaps no surprise that the industry has turned its attention to the enterprise segment, one which has less price-sensitive customers with higher demands for coverage, capacity and sophisticated mobile services
The market for consumer femtocells has not taken off as many people hoped. Shipments of consumer femtocell units will reach 2.1 million this year, barely exceeding numbers in 2012 and 2011. The growth has reached a plateau of about 2 million units per year, which is essentially the same level of sales seen by consumer repeaters for the past 10 years.
Alcatel-Lucent has been ranked the world's No. 1 end-to-end supplier in the latest enterprise and consumer femtocell Competitive Assessment released by ABI Research.
Interest group Public Knowledge is rallying against AT&T Mobility's femtocell terms of service, arguing the carrier's approach to tallying users' data consumption runs against the FCC's net neutrality provisions.
Small cell have reached a milestone by overtaking the number of macro base stations installed around the world, according to a new study from Informa Telecoms & Media.
Infonetics Research claims there is a shift going on in how operators use femtocells, with more operators looking to use them to enhance the mobile broadband experience and as a means for delivering value-added services like virtual home phone numbers and media file sharing.
Sprint Nextel revealed that it now has 950,000 femtocells operating on its network, a substantial increase in just the past few months. In May the carrier announced that it had 600,000 femtocells in its network--which was a dramatic jump from the 250,000 femtocells Sprint said it had deployed as of March of 2011.
Telefónica's O2 UK, Orange UK and Bouygues Telecom unveiled femtocell rollout plans, providing a boost to the technology's prospects for widescale uptake.
NEW ORLEANS--A Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) executive said the carrier now counts 600,000 femtocells in its network--a dramatic jump from the 250,000 femtocells Sprint said it had deployed as of March of