StarHub Starts Customer Femto Trial
Singapore's second-largest operator is the latest to join a growing list of operators that have declared interest in home base stations. (See Softbank Trials Femtocell, , Is AT&T Putting Out Femto Feelers?, Vodafone CEO Seeks Cheap Femtos, FT Preps Femtocell RFP, Sprint Goes Femto, Vodafone Picks Femto Vendors, TeliaSonera Preps Femto Trial, T-Mobile Bets on Ubiquisys, Vodafone Eyes Femto Service This Year, and Verizon Checks Out Femtos.)
The trial will be open to 200 customers who have both post-paid mobile and residential broadband services from StarHub. The operator will use feedback from the trial participants as it considers launching a commercial service.
StarHub says it is looking for ways to expand its mobile service offerings, and it wants to test the viability of femtocells.
"We will be evaluating the effectiveness of this new technology in delivering 3G and 3.5G mobile services -- voice and video calls, as well as SMS, MMS and data services -- within the home environment," said Anil Nihalani, StarHub's head of mobile services, in a statement. "This trial will enable us to determine whether femtocell technology is a viable technology for use in Singapore."
For Huawei, this is at least the third operator trial where the Chinese vendor is involved. Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Vodafone España S.A. , and JSC Ukrtelecom are all putting Huawei's femtocell solution through its paces. (See Ukrainians Fancy Femtocells, and V'fone Trials Femtocells.)
ZTE's femtocell is also in a trial at Telefónica UK Ltd. in the U.K. (See Vodafone, O2 Test Femtocells.)
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung