Denmark’s TDC Mobile says that it is planning to roll out an NEC-supplied femtocell platform in late 2009. The scope of engagement includes a friendly user trial involving several Femtocell Access Points deployed in consumer locations and connected to TDC’s commercial core network system.
In the United States, Sprint offers its Sprint Airwave femtocell service, which costs $15 per month for a single user or $30 per month for multiple users. Verizon Wireless offers a femtocell with a one-time price of $250.
U.S. carriers are still struggling with issues of standardization. They’re also gauging whether consumers will be willing to pay extra for basic coverage that their plans are supposed to provide in the first place.
TDC’s femtocell rollout will offer customers a small low-power plug-and-play consumer device (the Femtocell Access Point) that will enable the provision of localized 3G coverage and dedicated capacity in their home while using their broadband connection as a backhaul.
Flemming Hynkemejer, CTO of TDC Mobile said: “We look forward to evaluating the results of the femtocell trial. Femtocell technology promises to provide our customers with a number of advantages, primarily improved 3G coverage and capacity indoors. This will give them an even better experience and access to more services.”
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