Small cells

Airvana's Femto Flavors

Of all the home basestation displays Unstrung encountered at last week's CTIA show, the Airvana Inc. stand had the most comprehensive array of femtocells.

The firm, which started life as a CDMA infrastructure supplier, has branched into femtocells during the past couple of years. It is working with Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA), Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Nokia Networks , Pirelli SpA (Milan: PECI.MI), Thomson S.A. (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453), and others, on the tiny home basestations.

It had a number of units on display in its mocked-up living room at the show. The company is expecting to launch its own-brand femtocells this summer.

Click on the picture below to see a number of different femtocells based on Airvana technology.

Pirelli Gateway

The booth also featured a couple of cellphone-equipped dolls that were used to demonstrate the "presence" capabilities of the femtocell systems. (See picture #8 in the slide show above.)

The demo showed that if the dolls entered or left the "femto zone" (with human help, of course -- it wasn't that freaky), a text message alert was sent to your cellphone.

While this demonstration of the application had obvious Big Brother overtones, it could also be used to push previously requested content to mobile devices once they are detected within a specified femto zone.

Airvana also rigged a remote-controlled car to whizz another femtocell around its booth. (See CTIA 2009: Femto on Wheels!) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

gocowboys 12/5/2012 | 4:07:36 PM
re: Airvana's Femto Flavors

OK, I don't get it. I have a femtocell from Verizon; it is made by Samsung. There are 4 very nice blue LEDs and a spiffy black case. What is it that these femtocells will do that the current generation does not?

vsomanv 12/5/2012 | 4:07:34 PM
re: Airvana's Femto Flavors oh yeah, and these guys will tie up with the Cable MSOs, bring out a Cable Modem with a Femto in it.. Will Femto pick up speed at all... Femto would be useful for guys launching in 2.5 GHz. why would the 700 MHz guys care for it anyways ?!
juliotsai 12/5/2012 | 4:07:33 PM
re: Airvana's Femto Flavors

As title

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:07:31 PM
re: Airvana's Femto Flavors

Try here for starters:



takayoshi3 12/5/2012 | 4:07:12 PM
re: Airvana's Femto Flavors


For Thomson, there's a datasheet in PDF.


For Pirelli website, there seems to be no relevant match for search.

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