Femtocells that Geo-lock: The Real-world Practicalities Begin

by: Dean Bubley

Interesting to see that this femto from Samsung has a GPS device in it, which is used to "geo lock" it to an operator's licensed territory.

I presume this is particularly relevant for countries like the U.S., where there are regional operators. For markets elsewhere with nationwide licenses, I guess that the IP address of the broadband connection should be sufficient to ensure customers don't put the device in a suitcase and try and plug it in somewhere the provider isn't permitted to operate.

Interesting to see the real-world practicalities starting to come out, though. I suspect there's going to be a range of issues around security/authentication for femtocells that are only now being recognized.