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Optus femtocell ploy passing the buck

Chloe Herrick (Computerworld Australia) | April 13, 2011
One Telsyte analyst has claimed the use of femtocell technology is making consumers responsible for fixing holes in the network.

"With people increasingly using more mobile devices in and around the house, it also allows for a better coverage of the home area," he said.

According to Budde, the launch of the technology was seen by Optus as an opportunity to increase the use of mobile applications and then revenues, as well as an opportunity to develop new products and services.

Femtocell technology has been trialled by telcos globally with varied success. While AT&T in the United States has been known to offer femtocells to its customers to compensate for poor signal quality, it is believed regulatory concerns, pricing and the lack of a market has kept Australian telcos from trialling it locally in the past.

However, with Vodafone UK offering the service already, there has been speculation its Australian counterpart, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, could begin to trial a similar service here.


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