ABI Research revises femtocell shipments downward

ABI Research has revised downward its initial target for femtocell shipments in 2009. The firm now predicts that about 350,000 femtocells will have been shipped by year-end, down 55 percent from its April prediction of 790,000. ABI is changing its prediction based on slow uptake of the home base stations. ABI speculates the slow uptake is due to a few factors, including a weak economy, which may discourage customers from splurging on a femtocell; concerns at carriers over how to devise pricing plans; and a fear that a rapid increase in the number of femtocells could disrupt the macro network. Release