Vodafone Launches Femtocell To Bundle Together Fixed And Wireless Services

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) will launch a femtocell in Italy this summer, which will encourage customers to buy both fixed and mobile services from the operator. The box, developed by Huawei, is called the “Vodafone Station,” and essentially plugs into a home’s DSL Internet connection to pump out both Wi-Fi and 3G (UMTS and HSPA) signals. What makes it sort of unique is that a user can get a box, turn it on, and then be immediately connected to the wireless network in order to sign up for a DSL connection. The box, which will only be available in Italy for now, will eventually be released across Vodafone