Femtocells can «offload» mobile traffic in households

Staff Writer
01 Oct 2008


Femtocells can help operators offload increasing mobile traffic in homes, according to a report from Informa Telecoms and Media.


By 2013, Informa predicts mobile traffic generated by home environments to account for nearly 60 percent of total mobile usage.


The report expects mobile voice minutes of use (MoU) in the home environment to reach more than 40 percent by the end of this year as the price gap between fixed and mobile calls narrows.


The analyst firm expects femtocells deployment to help operators offload up to eight percent of total mobile traffic to fixed networks via end-user broadband lines.


Mobile data usage is also expected to increase over the coming years, thanks to the aggressive flat-rate data-plans pushed by mobile operators, the rollout of mobile broadband networks and most importantly the advances in mobile terminal software.


In particular, advanced user interfaces are leading to the proliferation of new type of smartphones and mobile internet devices, including Apple's iPhone and Google's G1.


"While mobile operators continue to develop their own services and strategies around applications such as music, games, TV and video, there was a realization (in 2007) that a far greater opportunity exists in providing unrestricted broadband access to the Internet" said Malik Saadi, Informa principal analyst. 


"In the same way that voice traffic has moved from old fixed line telephony service PSTN to mobile, there is reason to believe that a significant percentage of Internet traffic generation will move away from fixed personal computers to mobile devices including mobile handsets, mobile Internet devices and connected notebooks" Saadi said.

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