I was walking to work yesterday and found a video on my phone that proved the existence of Bigfoot. When I tried to replay the evidence for my colleagues in the office, I couldn’t get a signal. No one believed me and I was laughed at. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. In-Stat research shows that the future for mobile technology will rely on devices that allow connections to be as uninterrupted inside as they are outside.
The worldwide wireless market in the developed world is near saturation point. If mobile phone providers are to increase future profits, they have to tap into mobile triple-play services (voice, video, and Internet). An obstacle to this is poor connectivity inside buildings. Femtocell technology is one answer.
“Femtocells (small cellular base stations designed for use in residential and small business environments that provide enhanced coverage at the edge of the wireless network) are a practical, near-term cure for these problems, with no practical limitations,” says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst. “Femtocell technology is unlikely to be superseded by another technology in the foreseeable future.”
In-Stat’s study concludes that worldwide femtocell subscriptions are expected to grow to 40.6 million by 2011. In the next five years, femtocell will be utilized by 101.5 million users, at work or in the home. If mobile providers are to stay competitive, In-Stat predicts that they will have to layout capital to subsidize early use. I predict that by 2011 Bigfoot will use femtocell technology to elude humans.