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Telecom players see 2009 femtocell ramp

Wireless chip makers targeting the in-home cellphone booster boxes will have to support a mixture of radio interfaces, from GSM to WiMAX, and wait until 2010 for major deployments.

US telecom carrier Sprint won t meet its original target of making femtocells available nationwide by the end of 2008, judging by research from analysts at Heavy Reading.

Instead, the survey suggests that GaAs manufacturers aiming to get their PAs into these home handset signal boosters will have to target ramp-ups in the second half of 2009.

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