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Femtocell

A femtocell, commonly called a microcell, is an indoor cellular access point that uses internet access at its location of installation to route cellular calls over the internet. Femtocells are powerful enough to cover the area of a large home or small business (roughly 4-5,000 square feet) and benefit both the user and the cellular provider in that they provide a better signal for the end user and decrease the load on the cell provider’s tower system.

Major U.S. carriers, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon all offer some version of the femtocell, marketed under the names Airwave, MicroCell, and Network Extender, respectively.

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