Thursday, July 26, 2007
Remember When We Used To Say "Can You Hear Me Now?"
The days of saying "can you hear me now?" might soon be over.
The BBC reports on new home technology on the block, known as femtocells, and if the hype is to be believed, it will end signal problems forever.
The paperback sized-boxes are essentially compact, personal, mobile phone base stations that plugs straight in to your internet connection.
Make a phone call on your mobile and, instead of routing the call through the network of base stations and masts that cover most of the country, it sends the call over the internet using your broadband connection.
Until now, they have been the preserve of big business, but sometime in the next two years they could come bundled with your mobile phone contract.
It is one of several offerings from companies such as Airwalk or Ubiquisys, which recently rose to prominence when search giant Google invested in the firm.
At the same time, large networks operators such as Vodafone and Softel have announced they will trial the technology.
That might explain why one US company, that is directly involved with this technology, has had an unusually large amount of insider buying recently.