Sprint to Launch Samsung Femtocell
Mar 28, 2007, 10:39 AM by (staff)
Samsung this week announced the "UbiCell" - a femotcell product - in both CDMA and WCDMA versions. Femtocells are cellular base stations the size of a wi-fi access point that provide cellular coverage in the home. Sprint is currently wrapping up a trial of the CDMA UbiCell, and plans to launch it in early 2008, according to Samsung. A WCDMA version for America is planned for trials in 2008. The UbiCell connects to the carrier's network via a home broadband connection (DSL or cable.) Phones must be authorized to use the femtocell - meaning the signal is not available to guests or neighbors - although up to four authorized users can use it simultaneously. The CDMA version supports both 850 and 1900 bands, plus EVDO and seamless handoffs to towers on the main network. Users can travel with the UbiCell and use it wherever there is power, broadband, and their carrier has licensed spectrum. A GPS system ensures it does not operate in areas the carrier is not licensed.
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I don't understand...
Someone explain this to me...
Only where the carrier has spectrum...??
Sprint has spectrum everywhere, well most places, but they n...
... why would Sprint have spectrum there and not put up any towers? ...
Because it costs a lot of money. 😉 That's actually quite common. Spectrum is just step one. It's not even step one, reall...
Are you still charged for minutes?
Like UMA, it also has the benefit of offloading capacity from the network even in areas where there is coverage.
Either way, there's a huge benefit for carriers. If everyone had ...
Sign me up please
I feel bad for the people who are going to be waiting for the IPHONE even though it does not have HSDPA/HSUPA on it. They have to wait so wait for this.
restricted to SPCS, or free to use all CDMA?
Alltel and VZW may offer such products themselves, but these types of products you will buy from the carrier, and will be preconfigured to connect back to that carrier only. It needs to connect to special Sprint (or ...