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DoCoMo Develops First Small-cell Base Station for 3G and LTE

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Japan's NTT DoCoMo says that it has developed the world's first dual mode small cell base station, or femtocell, supporting 3G (WCDMA) and LTE simultaneously for improved service coverage in indoor locations.

The dual-mode femtocell will be commercially launched from December.

DoCoMo's new femtocell, which weighs 0.7 kg and measures 18.5cm by 17.5 cm by 4.5 cm (H x W x T), provides 3G/LTE service coverage in a range of up to several tens of meters, depending on actual conditions. Its plug-and-play function automatically configures itself to the surrounding radio environment simply by connecting the femtocell to a broadband fixed line.

DoCoMo has been marketing 3G femtocells for improved indoor coverage since 2007.

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