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.femtocell

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.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you talking about Motorola?

Scott Shaffer said...

No,

This company has a mkt cap under $2b and has seen an unusual amount of insider buying in the last few weeks.

Anonymous said...

How about a hint on who it is.

Hervé said...

Just FYI, the industry itself knows that Femto, as they are known, have a lot of issues to sort out and that they have at least two years before hitting the market. And there is no femto serving the corporate market. Picocells do but aside from the cell termination and the general "philosophy" of deploying an antenna in the corporate environment, these are two different things. Best

Anonymous said...

Femtocells are new... cellular signal amplifiers and their associated antennas have been around about 8 years. Check out the Wilson Electronics dual-band cellular/pcs amplifier. They also have a SOHO in home unit that really boosts cellular signal, without interfering with the cell site or other users. Check out their website.