Cambridge company touts dinky wi-fi femtocell

Small cell manufacturer and annoyingly titled Cambridge company ip.access thinks it has just the ticket for femtocells.

The company has drummed up something called the Advanced Femtocell Concept, or AFC, which it says is roughly the size of a smartphone – and adds a bunch of features that it hopes will encourage femtocell adoption at home and at work, or elsewhere.

This device sports wi-fi backhaul and integrated GPS, which means you can place the product anywhere you like. It can either be attached to the broadband router or placed on a docking station which connected back to the router through wi-fi. 

The point is to untether it from the broadband, so you can bung it anywhere you like to benefit from strong siglan and network coverage within its reach. CTO Nick Johnson reckons other femtocell manufacturers are missing the point – saying that integrating femtocells into home gateways and set top boxes means you’re tethered to the home broadband connection. That can also be expensive, he says, because each box costs the same whether or not the user is taking advantage of femtocells too.

Which means, of course, ip.access has clocked the better option with its portable device – easily lost down the back of the sofa, the AFC gives living room cushions excellent connectivity.

Johnson thinks sticking a battery into the AFC would be useful for, say, public wi-fi. If the carrier agrees, the thing can be used with any wi-fi connection, so on the move with GPS enabled would mean being able to – in theory – run at connection speeds found in the broadband router at home. 

In a statement, the CTO claims the AFC would “be the ultimate in personal metro zone hot spots,” though we’re not quite sure what that means.