Airvana demos benefit of femtocells for broadband boost

While the talk of femtocells has centered on extending voice coverage in homes, Airvana is working to push the message that 3G operators can extend and improve 3G services.

Airvana released the results of a performance test of the company's HubBub CDMA femtocell that revealed the product can significantly improve indoor 3G coverage and broadband performance when compared with an existing macro-cellular network alone.

Airvana said a side-by-side test showed a typical HubBub user can expect to achieve broadband data rates throughout the house of about five times that of the existing wireless macro network. From a theoretical EVDO peak data rate of 3.1Mbps, femtocell data rates also proved to be significantly more consistent than the macro rates, exceeding 2 Mbps in all corners of the home on a statistically reliable basis, the company said.

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