Optus trialling femtocell technology

Optus '3G Home Zone' device uses femtocell technology to boost mobile reception in the home or office

The Optus '3G Home Zone' uses femtocell technology

The Optus '3G Home Zone' uses femtocell technology

Optus has begun a trial of femtocell technology in Australia, which the telco says will improve mobile reception and coverage in homes and offices affected by network black spots.

Dubbed the '3G Home Zone', the new Optus femtocell device is a small base station that plugs into a wireless router and uses a fixed-line broadband Internet connection to boost mobile coverage. Once operational, the Optus femtocell device should typically provide full mobile coverage within a 30 metre range.

Optus recommends that the 3G Home Zone be connected to a broadband service with a minimum download speed of 1Mbps and a minimum upload speed of 256kbps — if the speed is capped at 128kbps or lower, the device will no longer work.

A single Optus 3G Home Zone device can connect four Optus devices (mobile phones and mobile broadband products) simultaneously, but up to 12 devices can be registered.

Optus says femtocell technology is ideal for homes or small businesses in Australia that suffer from poor or non-existent 3G mobile coverage.

"We believe femtocells are an important way of enhancing the customer experience of the Optus Open Network by acting as a wireless gateway into home or office," said Optus consumer marketing director Gavin Williams.

The Optus 3G Home Zone is currently on trial and will initially be available to selected Optus customers in Sydney, Brisbane, Wollongong and the Gold Coast.

Optus sells the 3G Home Zone device on various pricing plans — the cheapest of which involves an upfront cost of $60 and $5 per month over 12 months on a $79 mobile plan or higher. The femtocell device can also be purchased for $240 outright.

The Optus 3G Home Zone is the second femtocell device available in Australia after Vodafone's Expand product, though the latter is only available for business and corporate customers.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags mobile networks3gmobile phonesfemtocellsoptus

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?