Femtocell & WiFi Phones Growing Fast

Kineto Wireless says its Smart Wi-Fi application is on more than three million Android smartphones. The company also announced that its Smart Wi-Fi Application for Android now comes pre-loaded on more than 15 smartphone models including those from Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola.

Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application uses existing Wi-Fi access points for phone service. The application provides users with the identical mobile voice, SMS and data service experience over Wi-Fi as they receive on the outdoor cellular network.

T-Mobile USA’s Wi-Fi Calling service, which is powered by Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi, provides connectivity indoors where cellular service sometimes can’t penetrate.

A femtocell, by contrast, is a small cellular base station, typically designed for use in a home or small business. It uses cellular frequencies and connects to the service provider’s network via broadband (such as DSL or cable). Current residential designs typically support 2 to 4 active mobile phones, and 8 to 16 active mobile phones in enterprise settings. Femtocells have a typical range of 30-40 feet (12 meters).

Some analysts estimate more than 50% of all phones sold globally by 2014 will be smartphones, with the network offloading by WiFi and femtocells expected to grow over time.

Shipments of femtocells will reach 7.2 million units in 2011, up 289 percent from 2010, acccording to iSuppli. Shipments will rise by 232 percent to reach 23.9 million units in 2012, and by a whopping 657 percent to hit 39.6 million units in 2013, says the market researcher.

The National Association of Broadcasters claims the spectrum crisis is a conspiracy, created by the FCC in order to sell spectrum (pdf). The NAB says there is no spectrum crisis. Cellular carriers will use Femtocells and WiFi to offload users. They site Cisco’s Visual Networking Index that says “Globally, 31 percent of smartphone traffic was offloaded onto the fixed network through dual-mode or femtocell in 2010.”

Fifty years ago, broadcasting was a “public service”. Broadcasters got spectrum free of charge, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, in exchange for “public service” provisions.

Today, billionaire group owners no longer have to meet “public service” requirements. They squat on our spectrum, and claim to “own” it. Talk about hubris.

Who do they think they are? Why not subsidize newspapers, for Christ’s sake?

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