2020 via time machine: networks and systems

At the IEEE Technology Time Machine Symposium last week I heard the world’s leading academics, engineers, executives, and government officials project what the world will look like in 2020. The future brings technology together for everything from enhancing the human experience to improving environmental sustainability.…

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The Case for Subsidized Femtocells

Sprint has begun offering femtocells on a case-by-case basis to users who complain about in-home coverage problems. With market expectations huge, that's a long-overdue move that will further boost carrier revenues and should be mirrored by Sprint's competitors.…

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Free or Not, Femtocell Deployments Are on the Rise

Deployments of femtocells have doubled in the last six months, indicating that an increasing number of carriers want to supplement wireless coverage in homes using the 3G devices. Evan as some carriers charge for the hardware, consumers appear willing to pay for better home voice coverage.…

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AT&T Data Plans' Biggest Losers: Femtocell Users

When AT&T eliminated unlimited smartphone data plans earlier this month, much of the outrage was from iPhone owners, traditionally the biggest users of AT&T's data network. But the biggest losers are femtocell customers because 3G data use with these devices counts against the now-limited plans.…

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picoChip Gets a $20M Boost for Femtocells

picoChip, maker of semiconductors for femtocells, has raised $20 million in funding, bringing its total venture capital raised to $110 million. I wrote earlier this month that PicoChip's latest silicon could finally create an opportunity for femtocells to gain real adoption. Its investors must agree.…

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Picochip Gives Femtocells a New Lease on Life

Picochip has built a chip that can support far more mobile users on a femtocell, and help carriers handle the problem of chatty phones that overwhelm networks with movement notifications, push email, Twitter, etc. Maybe it will be just what femtocells need to finally take off.…

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