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Femtocells: keys for a successful deployment
Femtocells appear to be an optimal solution to ensure high radio coverage in home/office/SME environments. With such devices, mobile users benefit from a maximal capacity, thus allowing them to take advantage of new data/voice services and new applications. Compared to UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access), femtocells are in favoured position since they save battery life and do not require the use of specific dual mode handsets. Moreover, femtocells are a low cost solution for operators to extend their coverage and save energy.
Recently, advances related to the standardization of femtocells have been seen and femtocells have started to be commercialized in many countries. However, in order for large scale femtocell deployments to occur, many challenges still have to be solved. Interference will be reduced only if femtocells can configure automatically their parameters, that is why self-organization of femtocells (flexible femtocells) is an important issue. As suggested recently, femtocells could also be deployed outdoors leading to more challenges.
In this course, all the challenges related to large scale deployment of femtocells will be investigated.

Training's objectives
The first aim of this course will be to present the state-of-the-art of the technologies currently used by femtocells, and to describe the current deployments. Then, challenges related to massive deployment will be investigated, and the solutions that both operators and manufacturers could implement will be evaluated. Perspectives concerning flexible femtocells will be detailed. Home femtocells will be mainly studied, but results concerning enterprise and outdoor femtocells will also be presented.

Who should attend?
Mobile operators, Manufacturers, Engineers in telecommunications, Researchers, Consultants..

Key topics
Femtocells, HomeNodeB, Wireless communications.


9.15 - 10.45 am
Presentation of femtocells, advantages and drawbacks
by Guillaume de la Roche, PhD, Centre for Wireless Network Design, University of Bedfordshire
- Introduction to femtocells
- Indoor coverage techniques
- Competing solutions
- Equipments and Architectures
- Standardization
- Applications
- Challenges

11.00 - 1.00 pm
Overview of the market and feedbacks
by Alberto Conte, Research group leader, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs
- Architecture and Applications
- Altcatel-Lucent strategy concerning femtocells
- Feedbacks related to 3G femtocells
- Perspectives concerning LTE?
- Evolution of femtocells: enterprise and outdoors
- Conclusion

2.30 - 4.00 pm
Challenges/solutions when deploying femtocells
by Guillaume de la Roche, PhD, Centre for Wireless Network Design, Université du Bedfordshire
- Access methods
- Interferences
- Self-organization
- Security
- Synchronisation
- Localisation

16h15 - 17h30 pm
Flexible outdoor femtocells : why and how to deploy them?
by Prof. Merouane Debbah, SUPELEC, Holder of the Alcatel-Lucent chair.
- Presentation
- Capacity of virtual MIMO femtocell networks
- Decentralized management of interference
- Distributed resource allocation


Guillaume de la Roche, PhD, Centre for Wireless Network Design, Bedfordshire University, UK and Pr Debbah, Supelec, France
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