The fledgling femtocell market has lately shown some signs of revival.
There is growing evidence that federal agencies are deploying femtocells to improve quality of voice and data reception and extend coverage range. A new research study U.S. Government Wireless Voice and Data Market Forecast 2013-2018 predicts double-digit growth for femtocell segment of the U.S. Government Wireless Voice and Data Market in 2013-2018.
In January 2012 Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., a provider of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, has acquired U.K.-based Picochip Limited, a supplier of integrated system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for femtocells, for a purchase price of approximately $51.8 million, plus a potential earnout payment of up to $25 million payable in the first calendar quarter of 2013. The acquisition will enhance Mindspeed’s capabilities in femtocell market.