Femto's Big Open Secret
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