There's one big issue that hasn't yet really been addressed by vendors pushing mini 3G cellular base stations that can be used to bump up bandwidth in the home: How on Earth are carriers supposed to manage these things?
This seems to me to be a key question that could potentially be something that trips the market up before it even gets off the ground. There are a number of radio management issues that we've already seen in hotspot and enterprise WiFi deployments that could apply here and require automated management software to be installed on these boxes, since I doubt carriers will even consider them if they have to be manually controlled.
I'll be trying to dig deeper into these issues at the 3GSM show in Barcelona next week and over the course of the next few months. I'd appreciate any comments or experience that readers have on these management issues.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung