Guess what? Femtocells are coming! We’ve been talking about the role of femtocells in LTE as extending far beyond the home and extending to hospitality and enterprise sites. Now that’s being promoted by others at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
The benefit of femtocells is their ability to focus LTE in a location where demand is going to be unusually heavy, and this would mean places like cafes and waiting areas. Femtocells can also provide a framework to offer enterprises a lower-cost and more reliable way to get services within their facilities to support worker mobility. We think that there will be small test deployments of LTE femtocells in Q4, and perhaps even a bit earlier.