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Old 11-22-2006, 06:53 PM
John Navas
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Default NEWS: O2 trial could see a picocell in every home

O2 is to trial picocell technology which, in theory, could see every
Be customer doubling up as a VoIP access point from the comfort of
their own home.

The concept is pretty simple: a tiny cell site is placed in the
customerís home, similar in size to a Wi-Fi access point, which
allows nearby GSM handsets to connect and then routes their phone
calls over the broadband connection. Some form of restitution for the
customer would be provided, perhaps a cut of call cost or credit on
their account, but the details are a long way from being settled.

The model has been proposed from time to time using Wi-Fi for the
wireless connection, but enabling normal GSM handsets to use the
connections will make a lot more sense and O2 reckon they can get the
hardware costs down to below 70 quid.

Picocells are tiny GSM transceivers which are normally used to
provide coverage in buildings such as shopping centres, and other
blank spots in the network. They operate on very low power; to reduce
interference with the main transmitter network.


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