What is a Femtocell

A femtocell is a small cellular base station designed for use in the home or business environments. Routing the 3G mobile traffic through the IP network via a broadband connection, a femtocell allows mobile operators to extend service coverage inside the home without the need for expensive cellular towers, offload traffic off the macro network, decrease backhaul costs and stimulate the uptake of 3G services.

Femtocell technology is a practical and attractive option for a fixed mobile convergence offering, ensuring mobile operators higher ARPU, lower churn and a solid defense to VoIP erosion. ABI Research has forecasted that by 2011 there will be 102 million users on 32 million femtocell access points worldwide.