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AT & T launches femtocell solution

Mon, 09/21/2009 - 8:15am
Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

AT&T quietly launched the A&T 3G MicroCell, the first femtocell from the carrier. The unit acts like a mini cellular tower in the home or small business, which allows for better indoor coverage.

The MicroCell connects to AT&T's network via users’ existing broadband Internet service and is designed to support up to four simultaneous users in a home or small business setting.

With AT&T 3G MicroCell, the consumer gets better cellular signal performance for both voice calls and cellular data applications, like picture messaging and surfing the Web.

While AT&T’s Web site didn’t provide specific availability and pricing details, it appears the MicroCell will initially be available in limited areas and will require a monthly service fee. 

AT&T isn’t the first to deploy a femtocell solution. Sprint currently offers a femto solution, which also requires a monthly service fee for unlimited service. The femtocell has long been touted as the answer to cheap backhaul for carriers, but lack of a business model has kept them from mass deployment.

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