December 10th, 2008
AT&T Inc., America’s largest wireless carrier, is testing a technology that can improve the signal available to cell phones in subscribers’ homes, and plans to make it available in a trial market next year.
John Stankey, chief executive of AT&T’s Operations division, said Tuesday that the company is testing so-called “femtocells” in employees’ homes, and is looking at a broader, city-sized test with customers in the second quarter.
Sprint’s femtocells are for voice and low-speed data connections, but Stankey said Dallas-based AT&T is looking at femtocells that provide full cellular broadband, or “3G” speeds.
While interest is high from carriers, widespread femtocell deployments have been hampered by the difficulty of getting the signals to mesh properly with signals from regular cellular towers.
All this news every now and then keeps confirming me that my earlier blog posts on – femtocells being the mode for operators to reduce the infrastructure costs in the long term” are correct and will definitely happen sometime.
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