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3GPP approves UMTS femtocell standards

The leads the way for 3G femtocells to hit the market this year as there’s now a standard.

MNOs are very interested in rolling-out femtocells as they utilise broadband for backhaul rather than using the operator’s network. A femtocell in the home will use the home broadband to connect back to the mobile network – this is especially useful for data connectivity and could save the MNO billions in saved infrastructure.

A femtocell should eventually cost under $100 including a broadband router.

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station (Gaialive.com). I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

I'm also a Director of UKEC Ltd - the UK ENUM Consortium that is the governing body for ENUM in the UK.

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