Tele2 uses femtocells to offer voice and broadband services

The normally secretive Scandinavian operator Tele2 has announced the launch of a fixed line substitution service offering home telephone and internet access services via its cellular network and femtocell devices.

The new "Tele2 Hemtelefoni via mobilnatet" service provides the subscriber with a fixed telephone number (or, alternatively, allows them to use an existing PSTN number) and a femtocell that is said to offer three times the signal strength of average cellular reception in the home.

However, while Tele2 Sweden said that up to five devices could be connected to the femtocell to provide internet access up to 6Mbps, the high-speed data service would only be available within its 3G coverage area.

The company stated that the service would--until 1 September--cost SEK 69 per month, while the offer containing both telephony and mobile internet services would carry a charge of SEK 199 per month. After 1 September, the telephony service would rise to SEK 99 per month, with both services costing SEK 229 per month.

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