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September 05, 2007

Cheaper femtocells based on mass market chips

"Cheaper Femtocells are on the way." The newer 3G base stations use chips designed for mass market handsets.

Femtocells could solve the problems with 3G, by providing mobile coverage indoors and connecting to the cellular networks using the customer's own broadband connections, countering alternatives such as voice over Wi-Fi, where users make low cost calls on their own indoor Wi-Fi network. They don't require a dual-mode phone either, as indoor and outdoor coverage are on the same spectrum.

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