It's been a topic that's come up in my mind more than once for a few years now; with femtocell and small cell technology able to offer up more and faster broadband access to users, why in the world aren't these things on every street corner? The answers to that question varied, but a new move from Nokia (News - Alert) suggests this next generation communications technology may be closer to ubiquity than even I'd hoped for.
In a move that brought together Nokia and Qualcomm, the pair announced the release of the Nokia Femtocell (News - Alert) Multi-band SOHO, a piece of next generation communications technology geared toward the small office / home office (SOHO) user. It's built around the same technology that brought out the Femtocell Multi-band Residential (9961 Multi-Standard Home Cell V1) platform, a platform that's already been demonstrated to do quite well in field operations.
As for the Femtocell Multi-band SOHO, it boasts the Qualcomm (News - Alert) FMS 99xx chipset, which helps keep data moving swiftly through the system while requiring lower amounts of power consumption than some might expect. Since it's also supportive of the Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) concept, that also helps keep consumption low.
With the Multi-band SOHO in place, it allows Ethernet-driven femtocells to support as many as 64 LTE (News - Alert) device users at once, which makes it easier to move from 3G to 4G—there are still a lot of places where 3G is the primary wireless connectivity—or even support two LTE bands at once for better data throughput. It even boasts a set of built-in solutions for the latest in connectivity features like voice over LTE (VoLTE) and self-optimization.
Nokia's head of Femto product management Jyoti Boppana noted, “In the evolution towards ultra-dense networks, indoor deployments will ramp up and we see Femtocell Multi-band SOHO as a key tool to cost-effectively help operators in enterprise customer buildings and small public indoor locations.”
There have been a lot of methods like these discussed, particularly as Google (News - Alert) Fiber got largely shut down with the discovery that it costs a lot to run fiber to individual houses. While we certainly need more bandwidth throughout the United States, it's not always easy or cost-effective to get that bandwidth where it needs to go. Next generation communications technology has proven to be a potentially big help here, especially as 5G technology emerges to clear up many of the bandwidth issues connected to such systems.
With femtocells adding coverage and bandwidth, that should only help to clear up the problem as we know it today. Getting more bandwidth to the end user represents a significant leap forward in customer experience, which only improves things all along the spectrum.
Edited by Alicia Young