Nokia Siemens looks to slash femtocell prices

The struggling infrastructure developer, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), has opened negotiations with two Taiwanese femtocell makers over plans for the joint production of femtocell base stations. The company is trying to drive the price down from the current average of US$250 per unit to around US$100, which would make it a lot easier for mobile operators to start offering them as consumer products for FMC services in the home. If successful, the Taiwanese firms Gemtek Technology and Accton Technology will join other femtocell developers that NSN is encouraging to ramp up their manufacturing efforts.

At the beginning of the year, NSN signed an agreement with Ubiquisys to cooperate in the marketing and sales of 3G femtocells to mobile operators. The company had prior marketing deals with Radioframe, NetGear, Thomson and Airvana.

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