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Verizon Femto Next Week?

Verizon Wireless plans to launch a CDMA femtocell on January 25 with the not-so-snappy name "Wireless Network Extender", according to a report on Engadget.

Getting confirmation from Verizon today might be tough as it's Martin Luther King Day, a public holiday in the U.S., but Unstrung will still be trying to get the lowdown on the femto.

Engadget says Verizon will sell the device for $250, and that the end-user device is likely to be Samsung Corp. 's UbiCell femto, which Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) sells as the Airave. (See Verizon Eyes Femtos for 2009 and Verizon Eyes Femtos.)

Find out which other vendors are prepping CDMA femtos in Light Reading's report, Who Makes What: Femtocells.

Verizon Wireless is keen femtocells: CTO Tony Melone told Unstrung how they fit into the operator's strategy during this interview filmed last year:





However, a CDMA femto deployment could be short-lived as Verizon plans to migrate to so-called 4G mobile broadband technology Long-Term Evolution (LTE). Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) CTO Dick Lynch told the audience at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s C-Scape event in December that the operator plans wants to extend LTE into subscribers' homes using femtocells following its initial macro LTE base station deployment. (See Operators Face LTE Deployment Dilemma, '4G' Delays Ahead?, and AT&T, Verizon Plot Faster Futures.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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