• In-Stat: Femtocells a hard sell for consumers
By Traci Patterson
Femtocells, which can provide wireless users with better coverage and free calling within the home, may be a tough sell to consumers, says research company In-Stat. The growing number of Wi-Fi cellular phones means the cost of the femtocell alternative – calling on a SIP phone or via UMA – is getting cheaper.
“Femtocells may have a bright future, but convincing the public they are needed may take some work, especially when customers realize that they are paying for the broadband to power the femtocell,” says Allen Nogee, an In-Stat analyst.
Recent research by In-Stat found the following:
- Worldwide shipments of cellular femtocells will grow to more than 30 million in 2012.
- The U.S. will represent about 40 percent of total femtocell shipments.
- According to In-Stat’s end-user survey, 44 percent of likely femtocell subscribers would drop their landline phone service.