Telefonica, Germany to deploy femtocells

Telefonica in Germany today announced the deployment of femtocell technology to help boost 3G mobile broadband access and quality for Telefonica customers.

Alcatel-Lucent’s ‘plug-and-play’ femtocell solution for Telefonica in Germany includes femtocell gateways and modems that can be installed in enterprises and in general outdoor locations. The deployment will help Telefonica maintain service quality and connectivity for office workers and those in other indoor environments.

The femtocell is about the size of a typical Wi-Fi base station, and gets linked with a cable to any Internet connection and a power supply. The small design and powerful wireless capabilities will help Telefonica in Germany extend their network coverage in areas where buildings’ walls can degrade the quality of a mobile signal, or in areas too far from a traditional macro cell tower.

Juan Carlos Garcia, vice president Network Engineering Access and Transport at Telefonica in Germany said, “Quality of service is one of Telefonica Germany’s major strategic goals. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s Femto technology, our business customers have the option of enjoying high-quality 3G services for their voice and data communication. Our Signal Box by O2 increases the indoor quality of service and improves the experience of our customers.”

Luis Martinez Amago, president, Alcatel-Lucent’s EMEA region said, “Alcatel-Lucent femtocell solution is a tool in helping Telefonica in Germany to continue to provide the quality of service its customers expect, no matter where they might be. Having high-quality 3G service in places where people spend most of their time – be it home or the workplace – and whether their means of access is via a fixed or mobile network, femtocells go a long way in creating high levels of customer satisfaction.”

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