Definition of femtocell in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛmtəʊsɛl/


A very small mobile phone base station which 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
  • 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.
  • A femtocell is essentially a very low-powered mobile phone base station, which consumers can place in their home.


Early 21st century: from femto- (in the sense 'extremely small') and cell (sense 5).

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