Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater here. Ultimately, Optus' femtocell launch is a positive step forward for Australia's telecommunications industry and its customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.