EXCERPT: According to a report from research and banking firm ThinkPanmure, AT&T Mobility plans to sell up to 7 million femtocells from ip.access Ltd., a picocell and femtocell infrastructure vendor based in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
According to ThinkPanmure, AT&T signed a contract with the firm for up to $500 million in femtocells over the course of five years, and will sell the devices for as little as $100 each
See also > Femtocells Connect the Dots
The day after my original femtocell article was posted (Feb 12, 2008), Starbucks announced a new Wi-Fi partnership with AT&T. T-Mobile was the incumbent Wi-Fi provider in Starbucks, yet AT&T apparently had more to offer. We now have a very powerful alliance to deliver high-speed connectivity to millions nationwide. It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine 7,000 Starbucks locations with new femtocells that beam out Wi-Fi, 3G (HSPA in the U.S.) and Wi-Max. Oh, by the way, Apple and Starbucks are getting along nicely too. “AT&T will soon extend the benefits of Wi-Fi at Starbucks to its wireless customers.”
Update: May 7, 2008 – AT&T officially promises free WiFi access