Femtocell deployment update

The recent announcement from Telefonica Movistar that it plans to offer femtocells to consumer and business customers is the latest in a growing number of commercial deployments.

According to Informa Telecoms & Media, this launch brings the number of operators currently offering femtocells to 16, with another four stating their commitment.

Importantly, Informa says that femtocell deployments have now moved beyond basic residential offerings, as Optimus and Vodafone Spain have dedicated enterprise femtocell services, while Vodafone Qatar is using public metro femtocells and SoftBank has deployed public rural femtocells.

"The entrance of mobile giant Telefonica alongside Vodafone's continued commitment to femtocells continues to demonstrate how important this technology is to operators," said Dimitris Mavrakis, senior analyst at Informa.

"Furthermore, it is starting to become apparent that femtocells may have a much larger role to play than simple in-home coverage as we now have a range of operators which have deployed femtocells in enterprises and outdoors. NTT DoCoMo's recent commitment to LTE femtocells also illustrates that the technology is well placed to become a standard part of future mobile network design."

 

Femtocell commercial launches to date (16 in 11 countries):

Operator

Offering

Example Pricing

Capabilities

Launch date

USA

Airave

(CDMA 1xRTT)

$4.99 per month

($10 for unlimited calling, $20 for family plans)

Up to 3 2G users

September 2007

http://bit.ly/sprint_us

Singapore

Home Zone

(UMTS)

$32.1 per month

Up to 4 3G (postpaid) users

November 2008

http://bit.ly/starhub_singapore

 

Verizon Wireless

USA

Network Extender

(CDMA 1xRTT)

$249.99

Up to 3 2G 1xRTT users

January 2009

http://bit.ly/verizon_us

Singapore

CallZone

(WCDMA)

Access point: SING$323

Monthly charge: SING$53.50

Up to 4 3G users

January 2010

http://bit.ly/singtel_singapore

UK

Sure Signal

(UMTS/HSPA)

Various options

GBP160 (one-off)

GBP5 monthly

Handset bundles

Up to 4 3G users

July 2009 (Vodafone Access Gateway)

Rebranded January 2010

http://bit.ly/vodafone_us

France

Home 3G

(UMTS/HSPA)

€199 upfront

Up to 4 3G users

November 2009

http://bit.ly/sfr_france

Japan

My Area

(UMTS/HSPA)

$10 per month

Up to 4 3G users

November 2009

http://bit.ly/docomo_japan

China (Northern Provinces)

3G Inn

(UMTS/HSPA)

FAP cost: CNY 1,200

Monthly fee: CNY 10

Up to 4 3G users

November 2009

http://bit.ly/china_mobile

USA

3G MicroCell

$159

Up to 4 3G users

September 2009

http://bit.ly/ATT_us

Portugal

Sinal On

(UMTS)

€99.99 upfront

€7,8 monthly

 

Up to 4 3G users

December 2009

http://bit.ly/optimus_portugal

Spain

Voz y Datos Premium Oficina

(WCDMA)

€15 per month

Up to 4 3G users

June 2010

http://bit.ly/vodafone_spain

Japan

Femtocell service

(WCDMA)

Free of charge

Up to 4 3G users

June 2010

http://bit.ly/softbank_japan

Qatar

Femtocell service in public areas

(WCDMA)

Metro coverage

Up to 4 3G users

Announced June 2010

http://bit.ly/vodafone_qatar

Japan

au Femtocell

(CDMA2000 EV-DO)

Free of charge (in coverage deadspots)

Up to 4 3G users

July 2010

http://bit.ly/KDDI_japan

Greece

Vodafone Access Gateway

Free of charge (>€40 monthly contract.

€75 (<40 monthly contract)

€150 retail price

Up to 4 3G users

July 2010

http://bit.ly/vodafone_greece

Spain

Mi Cobertura Movil

€9/month service charge

Requires 3MB DSL service from Movistar

Up to 4 3G users

August 2010

 

Source: Informa Telecoms & Media

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