Optus has begun the first commercial femtocell pilot in Australia. A femtocell can be regarded as a private 3G base station linked to the network via the customer's broadband connection.
If you’re an Optus mobile user with patchy 3G reception at home or work, and have a broadband connection with at least 1Mbps download speed and 512Kbps upload speed, Optus’ swell femtocell should finally spell the end of potential coverage hell.
After years of being hyped up as a next generation solution to mobile phone coverage problems, femtocell technology has finally hit the Australian market in the shape of a trial being kicked off this week by the nation’s number two telco Optus.
It’s coverage o’clock and all’s femtocwell, or at least soon should be for Australian consumers, as Optus is first to finally brings the femtocell to trial in Australia on parts of its mobile network after big femtocell deployments overseas on various telcos.
For several years now I have been asking Telstra to bring femtocells to Australia as they eliminate blackspots via existing wired broadband, as Optus put Telstra and David Thodey’s claims of putting the customer first to shame by saying ‘yes’ to an Australian femtocell trial.
Optus last month became the first mobile operator in Australia to offer femtocells as a full commercial product. Optus promoting them as solution for Optus mobile customers with poor coverage in their homes.
The two Australian telecommunication providers offering Femtocell products to customers have today confirmed that their devices are not vulnerable to a hack which had the potential to allow anyone to listen to voice calls.
Huawei Australia has been chosen by Optus to undertake the first Australian trial of LTE wireless technology in the 700MHz band, formerly used for analogue TV. Optus and Huawei will establish a trial network in the regional centre of Bendigo, Victoria in October 2011.