AT & T wades deeper in femto waters

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 7:35am
Evan Koblentz, Wireless Week

AT&T is suddenly talking about its femtocell plans after rival Verizon Wireless made similar news last week (story here).

AT&T’s product is called the 3G MicroCell, according to a new page added to the operator’s Web site recently. No information is stated about availability or pricing.

The hardware is believed to come from IP.Access, which is partially owned by Cisco Systems.

“I'm afraid we can't comment on the AT&T MicroCell at this time,” IP.Access Vice President of Marketing Andy Tiller said today.

As with the Samsung Ubicell, which is what Sprint Nextel and Verizon both use, the 3G MicroCell must be located near a window to pick up its GPS signal. Both devices have a range of 5,000 square feet. Sprint’s version supports three consecutive users; AT&T’s supports four.

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