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Ubiquisys creates personal femtocell

Posted: 02 Feb 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:attocell  personal femtocell  3G radio power 

3G and LTE intelligent cell developer Ubiquisys has claimed the world's first attocell—a personal femtocell that is intended for people traveling abroad, allowing them to make and receive mobile calls the way they do in their home country.

While primarily designed for the iPhone, it can also be used to power any 3G phone, and has been shown to work with Blackberry, Nokia and Android smartphones.

The attocell connects to a user's laptop via USB, which provides power and Internet connection. It then analyses the IP address and radio environment to determine which country it is in, and sets its 3G radio power accordingly to below the licensed level. In some countries its range will be just 5mm, in other countries it could cover a whole room.

Like Ubiquisys femtocells, the attocell continuously monitors its radio environment to ensure that there is zero impact on existing mobile networks. This intelligence, combined with its tiny power output, is likely to make the attocell exempt from regulatory controls and the requirement for type approval.

In 5mm mode, the traveller simply lays the iPhone on top of the device and the phone connects automatically, just like a regular femtocell. Calls can be made using a Bluetooth or wired headset, or by using the iPhone's speaker.

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