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Femtocell Research Updates

An article up at Unstrung this week (via Broadband Reports) quotes new research from Heavy Reading on commercial femtocell services. The HR study results jive with some of what I heard back in the spring on femtocell deployments, but not all. I’m curious about the results because they are not broken out by region, leaving me to wonder if they’re weighted toward one geographic area or another.

For example, Heavy Reading found that 54% of survey respondents plan to launch femtocell services in late 2009 or during 2010. That’s roughly the same timeline I’ve heard for North America, but it doesn’t square with predictions for Europe and Asia, where many trials are underway already this year.

Heavy Reading also listed improved voice coverage as the primary reason for operators looking to deploy femtocells. Again, that seems to jive with what I’ve heard about North America, where in-home cell phone service is hit or miss, but not with Asia. The Asian voice market looks to be saturated, but there is room for extended data services, particularly if they’re bundled with femtocell hardware.