O2 launches its first femtocell for businesses


Boostbox will allow customers to connect to 3G network using broadband connection

O2 has launched its first femtocell, the O2 Boostbox, to allow business customers with poor network signal in their homes and offices to make calls and use data on the 3G network.

The box is connected to 3G using a spare LAN port on a broadband router from any fixed-line supplier, and allows handsets within a set radius to use the 3G network using their existing mobile tariffs.

There are two boxes available, one aimed at home workers and small offices which allows four calls to be made at the same time from a radius of 25 metres, and one for larger offices which enables calls from up to 100 metres away with the option of upgrading again to allow eight users to access the network simultaneously.