T-Mobile Offers Business Customers UMA Service
Today T-Mobile and technology partner Meru Networks announced a new enterprise offering that resembles its Hotspot @Home service. Businesses that use T-Mobile's wireless service, but have poor indoor coverage, can take advantage of T-Mobile's UMA technology for improved indoor coverage. UMA-capable handsets, which must have Wi-Fi on board, will be able to switch between cell networks and internal, secure enterprise Wi-Fi networks for calling, just as T-Mobile's Hotspot @Home allows users to improve coverage in their home. Since businesses will most likely have more than one access point, Meru's enterprise WLAN's "share a single channel blanket, using controller-based Air Traffic coordination to avoid AP-to-AP roaming." Details about pricing and exact availability were not provided.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.