StarHub to test 3G femtocell technology

08 May 2008

Singapore's integrated telecom carrier StarHub is to launch a six-month trial of femtocell technology to deliver 3G/3.5 mobile services at home.

Anil Nihalani, head of StarHub mobile services, said about 200 customers who are using both the company's mobile and residential broadband services will take part in the trail, the first of its kind in Singapore.

They will be able to use various mobile services, including voice and video call, SMS, MMS and other data services, delivered through a plug-and-play femtocell access point which will be connected to their residential broadband at home.

Nihalani said only W-CDMA and HSPA terminals are supported by the femtocells and StarHub will provide the services and the access point for free.

Chinese vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE will supply the femtocell solution for the trial.

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