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Welcome to Femto / Pico blog

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aokmians
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Hi all! My first post here. I want to blog once in a while about Femto / Pico technology.  My expertise is in Femto provisioning and management, but I'd like to have a dialogue about all things Femto.  Most important, I want to hear what you think.  Please comment, share Femto news and contribute to discussions. Now, to the topic of the day in the next post...

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MikeDemler
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Hi Anton,

I'm looking forward to your blog posts on Femtocells. I recently participated in a webinar where I asked this question regarding femtocells as consumer-premise equipment: Why use femtocells versus WiFi?  My question was prompted by a statistic in the presentation regarding increasing use of wireless handsets inside the home and office.

With the proliferation of dual-mode handsets and WiFi, why stay on the cellular network at all?  The response I received was to let the consumer decide, and that both make sense. But I believe that presumes a level of technical expertise that most consumers do not possess, and that most consumers would have no interest in adding more boxes to their home networks.  I see how femtocells provide a benefit for the service providers, who have an incentive to keep applications "on-deck", but what benefit would they provide for consumers? In-home signal coverage does not seem to be sufficient justification to me.

What are your thoughts on this?

Regards,

Mike

aokmians
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Mike, this is an interesting question and an important topic.  I created a separate super-long post on it here and still probably just scratched the surface.  Let me know what you think. Anton.