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AT&T to Roll Out Femtocells Nationwide This Year

AT&T Inc. will launch femtocells nationwide by the end of the year, expanding the trial launch it’s been running since January.

“We will expand that into a marketing trial of the AT&T-branded 3G Microcell, which will be open to customers through our AT&T stores … in a handful of cities,” said Gordon Mansfield, AT&T’s executive director for radio access network delivery, speaking at the Femtocells World Summit in London. “We’re on track for a full national launch by the end of 2009.”

He also said the carrier was exploring ways to expand the femto opportunity beyond simply selling standalone home base stations that offload cellular backhaul from the macro network and boost bandwidth for cellular users. For instance, integrating a femto into other devices in the home.

“How can I leverage all the elements in the home?” he told Unstrung. “There’s a lot of research and investigation in these areas and nothing definitive on what we’re going to do.”


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