3G femtocell solutions are finding new homes for the wireless base station in the consumer's home or office. Femtocells could revolutionize cellular service with cell phone traffic riding on the consumer's broadband line. The race against competing dual mode WiFi phone technology is on.
The 3Cs—coverage, churn and capacity—are stifling 3G adoption. 3G suffers from inadequate indoor signal penetration, leading to poor coverage in the indoor environment where consumers spend two-thirds of their time. Poor coverage diminishes the quality of voice and video applications and slows down high-speed data services. Dropped calls and time-consuming downloads lead to customer churn.