SFR Sets Femtos Free in France

C'est vrai! Femtos will be free for SFR's 3G customers in France

Michelle Donegan

September 26, 2011

1 Min Read
SFR Sets Femtos Free in France

French operator SFR is the first in Europe to offer 3G femtocells for free, with the launch of its new SFR Femto offer.

Any SFR 3G subscribers who request femtocells will be sent the little device, which plugs into the operator's Neufbox home gateways. The femto costs €49 (US$66), but customers are automatically reimbursed for this charge as soon as they connect and activate the device.

U.K.-based femtocell specialist Ubiquisys Ltd. supplies the femto technology, and SFR's free offer will start in the middle of October.

Why this matters
This is the first official launch of a free femtocell service in Europe, but not the first in the world. Japan's SoftBank Corp. , for example, has been offering free femtos (also supplied by Ubiquisys), while Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) offers its 3G femtos for free to qualifying customers in the U.S. (See More 3G Femtos Coming to the US and Softbank Kicks Off Free Femto Giveaway .)

SFR's move to offer femtos for free could be the start of a trend in the region that would change the operator business model for the small base stations that resolve indoor coverage problems.

For more
Catch up on the femto action in France.

  • SFR to Bolt Femtos on Home Gateways

  • France Fires Up Femtocells

  • SFR Femto Spotted

  • Will Femtos Fry the French?

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Michelle Donegan

Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry for the last 20 years on both sides of the Pond. Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications including Communications Week International, Total Telecom and, most recently, Light Reading.  

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