With femtocell technology reaching commercial maturity, attention is now switching to developing application services and operator business models that will maximise the technology benefits. In an effort to spur this move Ubiquisys, an established femtocell design house, has joined with a team from MIT's Entrepreneurship Lab (E-Lab) to help establish an appropriate business model framework.
Ubiquisys said the team had looked at a number of areas, including femto-enabling existing Internet applications, exploration of new application services, and defining and quantifying the consumer value propositions.
Commenting on the partnership, Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys, said that MIT's reputation for innovation and technical expertise was second to none. "We have successfully answered the technical femtocell questions and mobile operators are now looking to the potential for additional revenue generating services."
Separately, Analog Devices announced a new 3G femtocell chip (the ADF4602-1) that it claims consumes 30 per cent less power and delivers 50 per cent better EVM (error vector magnitude), while improving data rates and system conformity in multi-band 3G femtocell base stations.
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