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Comparison of the Performance and Capabilities of Femtocell versus Wi-Fi Networks

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Authors
Bare, James K.
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Femtocell
Wi-Fi
HTTP
VoIP
RTP
Femtocell Base Station
Femtocell Access Point
UMTS
WLAN
Wireless
Networks
Advisors
MacKinnon, Douglas J.
Gibson, John H.
Date of Issue
2012-09
Date
Sep-12
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Femtocells are low power base stations that communicate through a licensed spectrum with the intent to improve coverage and performance of voice and broadband services. The Femtocell works through a cellular network provider to enhance cellular portable/mobile devices especially in locations where coverage by cellular systems using large cells is weak and intermittent. The use of smartphones, tablets, and other wireless devices is becoming increasingly prevalent and is driving the need for innovations in wireless data technologies to provide more capacity, higher speed connections, and higher quality of service. Femtocells can provide a useful way for mobile operators to offer a better user experience and deliver broadband services indoors consistently and reliably for a comparable context of application, distances, and obstacles. In this thesis we will conduct a quantitative and qualitative analysis of Femtocell performance in comparison to that of Wi-Fi. Using COTS Femtocell and Wi-Fi technology an analysis will be conducted to establish which of the two is the better means of bringing internet connectivity to forward deployed forces. The potential benefits of this research are a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of Femtocell and Wi-Fi networks in simulated garrison and deployed environments.
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Information Technology Management
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