Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is a minature but high-capacity base station intended for business deployments rather than improving coverage in the home.
The super femtocell -- also known as the "enterprise femtocell" -- is like a home base station in that it tunnels back to the carrier's network via a wired connection. This 3G device differs from a standard femtocell in that it has more channels, which should allow the unit to support scores of users rather than just three or four. Additional security features round out the package for enterprise users.
A super femtocell should rival 3G picocells in the enterprise space. The difference between them is that the picocell is largely a dumb network element managed by the carrier network, while femtocells are self-provisioning and can support more security features.
The differences are currently moot, however, because, as of spring 2009, the super femtocell category is still largely "slideware" that is yet to be realized in the marketplace.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.