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TalkTalk's planned new home broadband router with small cell based 4G (LTE) femtocell technology looks likely to see its release delayed, according to reports.

The new product has been touted as being an ideal solution for cutting mobile costs and boosting indoor network coverage.

There has already been plenty of talk surrounding femtocells, which are effectively mobile phone base stations capable of harnessing the power of a fixed line broadband connection and then using it to boost a mobile phone signal.

The technology could be used to off-load data or voice requests from their Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) platform and send it over a fixed line network instead - an approach that could be used to save money and consequently cut prices.

Advances in the technology have largely been seen as hugely promising, but an fully fledged product has not yet materialised, making any imminent release unlikely.

In an interview with, Martin Wren-Hilton, TalkTalk’s Head of Mobile Innovation, said: “We are hugely excited to be developing an inside out LTE network using femtocell technology. These things take time, and it’s still a research and development project at this stage.”

However, he insisted the provider was “absolutely committed” to the launch of a 4G Femtocell service, but declined to offer any timescales or further details.



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