Du plans commercial femtocell rollouts by 3Q
The initiative is to benefit Du’s customers with improved indoor coverage
Du, UAE's second telecom operator, plans for a commercial rollout of femtocell services by the third quarter of 2011.
Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice president - network development technology, Du, told CommsMEA: "With femtocell trials already on, we expect the commerical femtocell rollouts to happen by the third quarter of 2011."
Earlier, the operator announced its partnership with Alcatel-Lucent to install the vendor's femtocell solutions to improve its indoor mobile coverage for its customers. Bamatraf said: "With Alcatel-Lucent as our sole supplier of femtocell solutions, we are now in the stage of project implementation involving equipment delivery, installation, commissioning, integration and end-to-end servicing."
"Femtocell is a new technology trend that is gaining traction globally. Femtocells extend the services of service providers' offerings to customers into their homes, and our bundle offerings will be different for businesses and consumers addressing their specific demands," he added.
Du is to extend all of the services it offers currently on mobile space into femtocell as well. "It is just about extending the services from the end of the pipe into the building using femtocell technology. However, we are also looking at introducing a multitude of services on top of femtocells. The notification aspect, for example, which happens between the femtocell at home and the user's mobile phone when it comes within the network range allows for channel-specific information or services that the user has subscribed to be pushed into the home," said Bamatraf.
With fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) architecture on the fixed side and an HSDPA+ network on the mobile side, Du recently converged its IP transport networks to meet the demand for high-end broadband services for mobile applications and data packages.
Last October, UAE incumbent Etisalat deployed the first femtocell live project in the UAE, the technology also being provided by Alcatel-Lucent.