Femtocells and Smart Repeaters

Femtocells are small base station transmitters that may be installed by a user and connect to the host mobile operator network via a fixed broadband connection.  So-called “Smart Repeaters” are controlled by the mobile network via its transmission spectrum without a fixed physical connection.  Some mobile network operators are beginning to offer services using these devices which offer improved in-building coverage and data rates.

Although devices may be installed in user premises, a key feature is that they are monitored and controlled by the host network  to ensure they operate only within the terms and conditions of the network operators’ licences under which they are authorised.  Other types of stand-alone repeater which are not covered by the network licence nor exempted from licensing are not authorised.

May 2011