Qtel testing femtocells to boost indoor connectivity
Qtel is testing femtocell wireless access points to improve voice and data services for small offices and homes
Qatar's Qtel has announced that it is trialling femtocell technology to improve connectivity to homes and offices in the country.
The operator is conducted a limited trial in several offices and private residents of the femtocells, which act as low power indoor wireless access points, directly connected to Qtel's broadband network.
Qtel anticipates that the femtocell technology will provide improvements to both 3G internet roaming within buildings, and also improve the quality of mobile voice calls, 60% of which are made indoors in Qatar, by providing enhanced signal strength.
The femtocell tests build on Qtel's recently announced QR600 million investment in its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) plans and its ongoing upgrades of Qatar's mobile network.
The vendor's involved in the trial were not disclosed.