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Femto's Big Open Secret

10:05 AM -- The biggest open secret in femtoland is that Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has integrated the ip.access Ltd. Oyster 3G femto into its Scientific-Atlanta set-top boxes for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). None of those companies has ever officially said exactly what they're doing together. (See Cisco Femto Spotted at AT&T and Cisco, ip.access Prep Femto Combo.)

But if you're at the Mobile World Congress, you can go and see Cisco's femtocell device on the ip.access stand. The femto vendor has some good demos, too, but more on that later.

Yesterday, AT&T's senior vice president of architecture and planning, Kris Rinne, told an audience here that her firm would start trials in three U.S. cities in the spring, but she did not name the supplier. (See MWC 2009: AT&T Plots LTE in 2011.)

Industry sources say there was a Cisco femtocell press release prepared for this week, but it has not been released. Cisco has a policy of not announcing new solutions without an operator customer. So, what's the holdup at AT&T?

Cisco's Kittur Nagesh, director of service provider marketing, told Unstrung that "femtocells are extremely critical," and that they fit in with the company's Connected Home strategy. "You've got femto access points, the Scientific-Atlanta set-top boxes, and Lynksys… Our goal is to combine all of those into one integrated experience."

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

freetoair 12/5/2012 | 4:11:20 PM
re: Femto's Big Open Secret Cisco's Kittur Nagesh, director of service provider marketing, told Unstrung that "femtocells are extremely critical,"GǪ Our goal is to combine all of those into one integrated experience."

Maybe Kittur should respond to the spot-on article "Beware the Femto". Yeah he is Marketing, and probably a non-technical guy pushing what he is told. So no thought is required.

If they can deliver the integrated "experience" (whatever the heck that is supposed to mean) at the incremental price point of a wireless router - fine toss it in. But that does not make for a need/value/business case.
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