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3G Femto a 'Key Project' for Verizon?

Verizon Wireless may be trailing AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in the 3G femtocell stakes right now, but it may not intend for things to stay that way forever.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based CDMA operator is currently looking for a manager of product development of in-building networking gear. One of the "key projects" listed for this year and next is the "delivery of a business-class voice and EVDO femto."

Verizon was the first US carrier to launch a home base station with the CDMA "Network Extender" in January 2009. It hasn't yet followed up with a 3G version that can extend data coverage -- as well as voice -- indoors. (See Verizon Intros Femtocell.)

In fact, AT&T has been the only US carrier to launch a 3G femtocell so far. (See Look for AT&T's Femto 'Soft Launch' Soon.)

The emphasis on a "business-class" device in the job posting suggests that Verizon may be looking for a box that it can sell into enterprises. AT&T is also said to be working on 3G box for business users. (See AT&T on Track for Femto Launch.)

Whatever Verizon is working on, it won't talk about it yet. A spokeswoman for the company says that there's "nothing we can share, but we are a technology company so we are always looking to hire people who are well versed on all the latest developments."

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:26:06 PM
re: 3G Femto a 'Key Project' for Verizon?

Engadget is reporting that Sprint is now shipping 3G Femtos BTW.

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