Optus has initiated a commercial trial of its first Femtocell device aimed at consumer and small business users.
Femtocell acts as a small cellular base station through a broadband connection and is typically used to provide mobile coverage in areas with poor reception.
The Optus 3G Home Zone is the first commercially available Femtocell device in Australia, according to the telco.
Vodafone already has a Femtocell device, Vodafone Expand, for business and corporate customers.
It plugs into an existing fixed broadband service to provide a private dedicated in-home mobile network for voice and Internet use within a 30 metre range.
“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,” Optus consumer marketing director, Gavin Williams, said.
The device will initially be available in selected Optus stores in Sydney, Brisbane, Wollongong and the Gold Coast and the telco is eager to receive user feedback.
Selected Optus business enterprise customers are also participating in the Femtocell trial.