Cisco Claims AT&T Femto as Its Own

Fessin' up to what was already widely known, Cisco has now posted details of the MicroCell it makes for AT&T

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

March 4, 2010

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Cisco Claims AT&T Femto as Its Own

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has finally posted details showing that it is behind the AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) MicroCell product, nearly two years after Light Reading Mobile reported that it was working on a femtocell for the operator.

Cisco recently put up a Web page detailing its work with AT&T on MicroCell. The operator has been using the units in customer trials since September 2009, recently adding Las Vegas as a new market. (See AT&T Takes MicroCells to Vegas.)

As Andy Tiller over at 3G in The Home notes, the AT&T-Cisco tie-up must be "the worst kept secret in the femtocell industry." LR Mobile first reported in May 2008 that Cisco was using ip.access Ltd. technology to develop a femtocell for AT&T. (See Cisco, ip.access Prep Femto Combo and Cisco Femto Spotted at AT&T.)

AT&T hasn't confirmed a launch date for the home base stations yet, but a source recently told us that a second-quarter launch is looking possible. The carrier's trials are also likely to extend to Los Angeles and San Francisco soon. (See MWC Rumor: AT&T Eyes Q2 Femto Launch, Enterprise Suppliers.)

Such a timetable could very well make AT&T the first major US operator to launch 3G femtocells. Neither Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) nor Verizon Wireless have announced customer trials for the voice and data coverage improvement technology yet.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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