Femtocell Networks

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Executive Summary

Femtocells are small cellular base stations that may be deployed in residential, enterprise, or outdoor areas. They utilize the available broadband connections of the users (e.g., cable or DSL) and typically have a coverage radius on the order of ten meters or more. Due to their various advantages, recently there has been a growing interest in femtocell networks both in academia and in industry. Two of the main advantages of these networks include staggering capacity gains for next generation broadband wireless communication systems and the elimination of the dead-spots in a macrocellular network. Due to very short communication distances, femtocell networks offer significantly better signal qualities compared to the current cellular networks.

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