Femto Chips Too Costly
"The chips today are too expensive for us… It is too expensive to implement the radio technology into a small box," says Jennette Fridberg, director of product marketing for radio access networks at Ericsson. "You need a consumer price on a [femtocell] solution. That's one of the problems we're fighting with, and I think the rest of the industry is, too."
Fridberg also pointed to interference and standardization issues that needed to be sorted out with 3G femtocells. (See Femto Firms Counter Interference Flak.)
Ericsson has a GSM femtocell that is part of a home gateway that includes a WiFi access point, a home router, and a DSL modem. Just one European operator is using the GSM femto in a friendly user trial.
"You need [a femtocell solution] when you have a high volume of users, as you do with GSM," says Fridberg.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung