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femtocell Syllabification: fem·to·cell
Pronunciation: /ˈfemtōˌsel/

Definition of femtocell in English:


A very small mobile phone base station that is connected to the phone network via the Internet, typically used in areas where the mobile signal is weak and considered to be smaller than a picocell.
Example sentences
  • Working parents could also be notified of the return of their children after school as the femtocell would pick up their mobile signal when they come home and send an email or text alert.
  • The incentive could be tied to providing more internet bandwidth in support of the femtocell.
  • Householders in areas of high demand in cities or in rural areas where coverage would otherwise be poor to non-existent could elect to have an omnidirectional femtocell installed.


Early 21st century: from femto- (in the sense 'extremely small') and cell (sense 4).

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