Fujitsu announced the BroadOne LTE femtocell today, a networking gadget that when connected to broadband can support up to eight 4G devices.
Femtocells are small network devices that augment larger-scale mobile phone base stations, something that’s very handy in areas with poor network coverage. The BroadOne LTE also supports Wi-Fi networking like a conventional wireless router.
Fujitsu isn’t selling the device directly to consumers, but will offer it to carriers who may choose to do so. The device will be available in the second quarter.
“When installing the LTE Femtocell, there is no need for mobile carriers to adjust the settings in their outdoor macrocell base stations because the LTE Femtocell itself includes technology that reduces interference,” Fujitsu said in a statement. “In addition, as BroadOne LTE Femtocell allows for seamless switching between LTE and Wi-Fi, it helps deliver an improved user experience and contributes to reducing installation and operational costs of mobile communications providers.”
Fujitsu is showing the femtocell at the CES next week in Las Vegas and in February at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
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