A study has revealed that deployments of femtocell technology, which allows localised wireless connectivity, have doubled around the globe over the last nine months.
According to the research by Informa Telecoms and Media, there are currently 16 service commitments, including 13 commercial launches of femtocell technology this year, doubling the eight service commitments and six commercial launches in 2009.
The agency expects the femtocell technology market to reach 49 million units over the the next five years.
Femtocell technology has been commercially launched in Japan by KDDI and Softbank, and in Spain and the UK by both Vodafone and AT&T.
“The femtocell market is experiencing maturity with many of the largest operators in Asia, North America and Europe now offering services. Global operator demand for femtocells is undeniable and recent femtocell standards milestones can only enhance this situation further," said Dimitris Mavrakis, senior analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media.
He added: "As mobile data traffic continues to rocket, femtocells look set to become a vital component of next-generation mobile broadband deployments and this is reflected in the increasing interest in enterprise, metropolitan and LTE models."