Cost-effective and Consumer-friendly, Femtocell Offers High Value and Interoperability to Mobile Network Operators and their Customers.
BARCELONA, Spain - NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the MF100H Femtocell, a next generation 3G femtocell with Ethernet LAN. As a new addition to the mobile portfolio, the MF100H complements the current NETGEAR broadband gateway and router lineup widely used by Cable TV Multiple Systems Operators (MSOs) and Telco broadband service providers for residential and business customers.
"Femtocells are just now getting to the other side of the technology chasm," said Michael Clegg, vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business Unit, NETGEAR. "Today, these nascent devices appear in tiny deployments when measured against the billions of residences and businesses worldwide where they will ultimately be deployed. After three years in the market, femtocells are now poised for widespread adoption thanks to industry advances in interoperability and reduced deployment costs."
Interoperability of the MF100H femtocell with Nokia Siemens Networks mobile network infrastructure products is planned for near term completion.
With the recent explosion in mobile data traffic, femtocells are ideal solutions for mobile operators that are under pressure to improve the performance of their customers' mobile experience. The small cell radius achieved by femtocells delivers a traffic carrying capacity gain in the range of three orders of magnitude (1000x) similar to WiFi. This enables operators to use their licensed spectrum to smartly serve mobile consumers. In turn femtocells become a key enabler to reduce network load, improve customer experience and add new revenue streams.
Femtocells are also cost effective for MSOs as they enter the mobile space. For mobile customers, voice and data consumption occurs most often at home or in the office. Femtocells can be easily placed at either location using the customers' existing wired broadband for backhaul at near zero network facility cost. This is especially relevant when MSOs use their own DOCSIS services.
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