AT&T’s 3G Microcell bringing GSM femtocell to market soon!

Ever since AT&T announced their 3G femtocell solution, confusingly dubbed the “3G Microcell,” signal-seeking AT&T customers have been waiting for Big Blue to go live with their wireless signal booster. That wait may soon come to an end. Reports have crossed the wires, indicating that AT&T is finally preparing to launch their 3G Microcell in the US. The 3G Microcell’s nationwide launch is expected to happen before the end of 2009 – if we had to guess, we’d say it’s going to go live no later than November.

A femtocell is like a pint-sized cellular base station that consumers can use to boost signal strength in their home or office. The femtocell broadcasts a building-sized wireless umbrella that mobile phones (and other mobile devices) can connect to. All voice and data communications are ferried to AT&T’s network backbone via a wired broadband internet connection. In AT&T’s case, the 3G Microcell will broadcast a 5,000 sq. ft. wireless network and can support simultaneous 3G voice and data services for up to 10 separate mobile devices.

While the likes of Sprint and Verizon already have femtocell solutions in the wild, the 3G Microcell is still in testing in select US markets. With a little luck, we’ll see the GSM femtocell launching in early Q4 2009.

[Via: Yahoo]

  • RF9

    AT&T Microcell is WCDMA only. It does not support GSM.

  • Tyler Pomerhn

    Not only does it not support GSM/GPRS, it actively blocks it. I had to return mine because no visitor with GSM/GPRS 2G phones could call in/out of my house, and my wife’s blackberry was nonfunctional as well.

    Until they come out with a 3G microcell that doesn’t “stomp” on the GSM phones, I cannot use this product.

  • Chris White

    It indeed does block any non 3G phones. Like Tyler said, my blackberry is SOS with the microcell up.

    Also, you can authorize up to 10 numbers but it will only support up to 4 connections at one time.

  • GSM Femtocell will bring a greater solution for GSM phones. The 3G Microcell from AT&T brings such a promising device and they also bringing very good news for their GSM consumers. That product may help to boost signal strength of AT&T GSM users.

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