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Fun With Femtos

1:20 PM -- Thomson S.A. (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453) showed off an integrated femtocell home gateway, with a femto module from Airvana Inc. inside, at the Avren Femtocell Europe 2008 conference last week. The gateway was hooked up to a lamp and Hi-Fi system. Stan Claes, director of the IPS femtocell group at Thomson, showed how a 3G mobile phone can be used as a remote control. He used his handset to turn on the light and the music. Hey, presto! So, looks like femtocells will offer yet another reason to never get up off the sofa. (See Thomson Sidelines ip.access.)

ip.access Ltd. , Thomson’s jilted femto module partner, had a nifty home networking demo there too. (See Cisco, ip.access Prep Femto Combo, Cisco Invests in ip.access, and Qualcomm Invests in ip.access.)

Check it out here.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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