Mobile operators in France and the UK first to announce femtocell services

June 27, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
O2 announced it has rolled out thousands of femtocells, including what it believes is the densest femtocell deployment anywhere in the world (1500 femtocells in one apartment complex in London), while Orange UK also announced plans to roll out the technology this Summer – both announcements were made at Small Cell World Summit in London.

They join Vodafone, Three and T-Mobile who already offer services. Meanwhile, separately French operator Bouygues Telecom launched its own femtocell service too thereby joining SFR, Orange and Free Mobile which have already announced services.

“Femtocells have now been deployed by 43 operators globally and France and the UK have become the first markets where all operators have announced services. With nine of the top ten operators by revenue offering femtocells, the technology is proving to be a vital tool for improving mobile coverage and increasingly importantly capacity too. This comes at a time when the key femtocell technology is being employed in outdoor small cells which will be crucial for providing much needed extra capacity in urban hotspots as well as rural areas,” said Simon Saunders, Chairman of the Small Cell Forum.