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Femtocells are tiny cellular base stations and will be a critical part of the build-out of 4G networks, which will be planned in very different ways to those in 3G. The LTE and LTE-Advanced standards support networks built around dense grids of very small, self-organizing cells or femtocells. In their first generation, femtocells have been indoor devices, used to enhance the 3G signal inside and to help carriers offload data traffic from their main macro networks. They are now gaining greater functionality and can support larger number of users, and so are moving into enterprises and are being trialled for outdoor, public networks. They are a low cost way to add capacity to 3G systems, but are unlikely to become a major hallmark of the public networks until the LTE stage. Early femtocell vendors have been start-ups or consumer Wi-Fi suppliers like NEC and Cisco, but now the traditional base station suppliers are also joining the race, notably Alcatel-Lucent.

Accelleran aims to fill TD-LTE small cell void

29 May, 2013

European start-up launches first integrated mini-base station for public access TD-LTE networks, eyeing imminent ramp-up

Cellcos must address enterprise coverage urgently

1 May, 2013

Half of companies would see improved in-building coverage as a powerful reason to swap operators, says survey

Small Cell Forum announces release program

28 February, 2013

Technical specifications and best practice advice aims to encourage mass roll-out of small cells, with initial focus on residential

Cloudberry signs partner for managed small cells

26 February, 2013

Partners with Ubiquisys to launch 'small cell as a service' platform targeted at MVNOs and enterprises

Mindspeed takes Transcede head-on with Freescale

20 February, 2013

Small cell specialist adds metrocell system-on-chip to range, crossing swords with TI and Freescale

ALU adds ZyXel to small cell software program

18 February, 2013

Signs second Taiwanese manufacturer while ip.access announces one million femtocells shipped

Enterprise hosting a $100bn market for cellcos

6 February, 2013

Exact Ventures says companies could save 35% a year by opting for managed services for mobility and cloud

FCC details plans for small cell band in 3.5GHz

13 December, 2012

Would establish tiers of priority usage for government users, with mobile providers sharing the 'spaces'

ALU licenses small cell platform to Askey

6 December, 2012

Like Ubiquisys before it, firm wants to broaden roll-out of mini-base stations through deals with Taiwanese ODMs

Cities will soon need 40 small cells per square km

3 December, 2012

With mobile data traffic set to rise tenfold by 2015, carriers will need to install dense layer of cells, says Actix