Sprint has been trialing their femtocell-based Airave for months. Now word comes that Verizon is preparing to launch a similar product.
Femtocell technology works by creating a tiny wireless base station for phones to access. Using GPS, the device checks to verify that there are no other femtocells nearby, and then it uses a small portion of the carrier’s available spectrum in an area to offer wireless service. The system requires a broadband internet connection to provide VoIP-based voice over the internet.
There are very few details at this time about the Wireless Hub from Verizon, other than that it will be positioned to directly answer the Airave. Sprint’s Airave however has not yet launched, and is still being trialed in a few markets.
Also developing, Engadget Mobile is reporting that Verizon is also testing QChat, the EV-DO Rev A technology that powers Sprint’s upcoming Direct Connect network for CDMA phones.