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TDC Mobil, Denmark’s largest wireless network operator by subscribers, has announced plans to roll out a femtocell platform supplied by NEC before end-2009. Chief technical officer of TDC Mobile, Flemming Hynkemejer, said: ‘We look forward to evaluating the results of the femtocell trial. Femtocell technology promises to provide our customers with a number of advantages, primarily improved 3G coverage and capacity indoors. This will give them an even better experience and access to more services.’ He explained that the company will soon be able to offer customers femtocell access points; small plug-and-play consumer devices, to enable localised 3G coverage in their home while using their broadband connection as a backhaul. TDC Mobil had a subscriber base of over 3 million at end-September 2008, including half a million 3G subscribers.
The largest US cellular operator by subscribers, Verizon Wireless, has launched a new femtocell product which offers customers improved mobile coverage within their home or office. The new Network Extender indoor base station, which has been produced by Samsung, will retail for just under USD250 and improves coverage over an area of up to 5,000 square feet. ‘It’s like getting a million-dollar cell site in your home for USD249.99,’ said Jack Plating, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless. ‘Network Extender makes Verizon Wireless’ reliable network even more reliable, filling in nooks and crannies for customers who see the need.’ Smaller rival Sprint Nextel has already introduced its own femtocell offering, while second-placed cellco AT&T is expected to launch its own product in the near future.