Femtocell market

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On January 7, 2010, Femto Forum, the independent industry association promoting femtocell deployments worldwide, held a press conference at CES to highlight the massive consumer market potential for femtocell technology globally. Femtocells are plug-and-play wireless access points that connect standard mobile devices to a mobile network using broadband connections. They are rapidly gaining traction as the missing link that finally delivers true convergence to the digital home. That traction is demonstrated by the fast increase of operators' launches across three continents and recently backed up by a market survey from ABI Research showing that more than 50% of US consumers are interested in a femtocell in their home. Femtocells not only resolve 3G coverage, capacity and cost issues in a single package, they also provide consumers with a dramatically improved mobile experience indoors. One of the key messages of the femtocell Forum is that it expects femtocell technology to coexist alongside existing platforms like Wi-Fi to provide consumers with the means of managing rapidly growing indoor wireless data usage.

Individuals will choose which technology to adopt depending on their circumstances and priorities. By adding the potential to build high bandwidth and location-aware applications, femtocells enable the creation of a wide range of innovative and differentiated services. The market potential for femtocells is best exemplified by the increasing participation of operator members in the Femto Forum. There are now a total of 55 operators in the 120 member Femto Forum currently representing over 1.4 billion mobile subscribers worldwide across multiple wireless technologies WiMAX, UMTS and CDMA). There are currently nine commercial deployments by major carriers worldwide, with numerous advanced trials expected to lead to further deployments later this year. Femto Forum membership encompasses the entire femto ecosystem including carriers, innovative start ups, chip designers and manufacturers, and some of the world's leading consumer electronics companies.