Light Reading

Femto Revival Rumblings

Michelle Donegan
Wireless Bits
Michelle Donegan

11:20 AM -- There's some good news for femtocell folks this week, as ABI Research revealed that the market for the tiny indoor base stations picked up in the second half of 2012 after a slow start to the year. The company's latest femto market update found that while the residential and enterprise devices struggled in the first half of 2012, shipments doubled in the second half to end the year with around 2 million units shipped. ABI called the changed a "femto bounce" and attributed the upswing to the need to refresh inventory levels as well as newer versions of access points becoming available. ABI also noted that the market is still held back by operators continuing to view femtos mainly as customer retention tools rather than a competitive advantage to provide better network quality. But if this femto momentum continues into 2013, I think that will raise some important questions for the public access small-cell market in general. If operators are warming up to deploying indoor femtocells to add capacity and coverage where users need it, then how will that affect their plans to deploy licensed or unlicensed (that is, cellular or Wi-Fi) small cells outdoors in big cities? Will they still need public-access small cells if they have enough indoor coverage from femtos deployed in shops or homes? I don't think these are simple either/or questions. The bigger issue here is about operators' quest for the most cost-effective way to add coverage and capacity to mobile networks that is easy for customers to access. Is the answer to deploy Wi-Fi hotspots, public access small cells, indoor femtocells, or all of these? And where? And if so, then what are the implications for interference, roaming, customer sign-on or billing? As operators continue to grapple with their Heterogeneous Network (Het Net) strategies, these are some of the questions we'll be pursuing this year here at Light Reading Mobile. — Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(6)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
User Rank: Light Bulb
2/18/2013 | 2:15:30 PM
re: Femto Revival Rumblings
What do you mean by "open authentication"? No white list? So your neighbour (and anyone for that matter) can camp on your femto?
User Rank: Light Beer
1/14/2013 | 7:46:55 PM
re: Femto Revival Rumblings
Until the carriers agree to "open authentication" so that users have the same experience that-áthey-áhave on macro towers, femtocells will be the last choice with end users.
Gabriel Brown
Gabriel Brown,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/14/2013 | 8:36:01 AM
re: Femto Revival Rumblings
So I set up the femto. It literally took 10 minutes. Very easy.
Michelle Donegan
Michelle Donegan,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/11/2013 | 6:42:53 PM
re: Femto Revival Rumblings
OOh, sounds like a fun weekend :-)
Gabriel Brown
Gabriel Brown,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/11/2013 | 5:13:17 PM
re: Femto Revival Rumblings
I have one of the new Vodafone femtos at home to test. Will try and set it up this weekend. Exciting times.
More Blogs from Wireless Bits
Undercuts Huawei and ZTE in China Mobile 4G tender
CTO says vendor is seeking insight and inspiration from developer competitions
After a few months away, Sarah Reedy is back on the Light Reading team
Four new focus areas for NGMN Alliance highlight the key challenges facing mobile network operators in 2013
9:00 AM Smartphones have bigger mobile data appetites than tablets in Europe
From The Founder
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Interviews
AT&T's Chiosi on the Potential of Open Source

10|6|15   |   06:27   |   (0) comments

AT&T Distinguished Network Architect Margaret T. Chiosi talks to Light Reading's Carol Wilson about the potential for open source technology to liberate communications service providers.
LRTV Interviews
Network Security in a Gigabit World

10|6|15   |   05:52   |   (0) comments

Masergy's James Harrison talks about some of the network security and data center issues network operators need to consider as they expand their broadband services portfolios.
LRTV Documentaries
Telefónica: In Search of Virtual Simplicity

10|5|15   |   07:30   |   (0) comments

Francisco-Javier Ramon Salguero, head of Telefónica's NFV initiative, admits virtualization initially means greater complexity, but with the right abstraction layer, it is possible to create a services-driven network architecture. He explains how Telefónica's current trials and initiatives are aimed at doing that, and what his company and other carriers need to ...
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe Takeaways

10|5|15   |   03:47   |   (0) comments

Participants from the inaugural Gigabit Europe event in Munich share their key takeaways from the conference.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Intel Urges Women to Take Advantage of Their Seat at the Table

10|5|15   |   4:27   |   (1) comment

Have inclusive and constructive conversations, attach a bigger meaning to your work and get involved in the cause, Intel's Monique Hayward advises women in comms.
LRTV Interviews
BT Updates on Plans

10|2|15   |   03:16   |   (2) comments

Peter Bell, CIO at Openreach, the access network division at UK incumbent BT, provides an update on the operator's trials and how Openreach is planning to deploy the broadband technology in its street cabinets.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Sonus Shakes Up SD-WAN

10|2|15   |   7:22   |   (0) comments

Sonus CTO Kevin Riley sat down with Light Reading to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approve to SD-WAN.
LRTV Interviews
CityFibre's Gigabit Vision

10|1|15   |   03:18   |   (1) comment

Mark Collins, director of Strategy & Public Affairs at competitive UK city network operator CityFibre, talks about his company's plans to help build Gigabit Cities.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Automate, Scale & Create With Juniper's vCPE Solution

10|1|15   |   6:34   |   (0) comments

Join Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks CTO, and Steve Saunders, Light Reading Founder and CEO, as they discuss Juniper Networks' approach to NFV showcased with a turnkey vCPE solution, which demonstrates how service providers can use automation to rapidly deploy services.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe: Day 1 Takeaways

9|29|15   |   05:47   |   (5) comments

Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris sup a beer and discuss some of the key takeaways from the first day of Gigabit Europe 2015.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit in Europe

9|29|15   |   04:24   |   (0) comments

At the Gigabit Europe 2015 event in Munich, Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie talks about the availability of gigabit broadband in Europe.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
AT&T's Band of Women

9|28|15   |   4:36   |   (0) comments

Brooks McCorcle, the president of AT&T's partner solutions divisions and a mathematician by trade, shares stats on AT&T's diversity and advice on how to create your own band of women at work.
Upcoming Live Events
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Communication service providers realize that an ICT transformation is critical to their long-term survival, but most haven't yet committed to making it happen.
Hot Topics
Verizon's Go90 Is Live – Will Anyone Watch?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/1/2015
Eurobites: Dunroamin'
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 10/2/2015
Sprint to Cut Up to $2.5B in 6 Months
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 10/2/2015
McKinsey: Women Less Likely to Advance at Work
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 10/1/2015
TiVo Takes Aim With Bolt
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/30/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With so many new and exciting communications technologies now under development, it's easy to get caught up in the industry's escalating hype cycle. That's why the ...
Last week saw a big day in the 15-year history of Light Reading when Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre and I were invited to interview the Deputy Chairman and Rotating ...
Cats with Phones
Hold My Calls, Indefinitely Click Here