News release

Date: 17th May 2017

Viper2020 Cloud Managed Small Cell platform - Support for 5G Services, First Responders and Neutral Host Networks with Presence™

ip.access first to add 600 & 700MHz spectrum bands for 5G and first responder networks

Cambridge, UK, 17th May 2017 – ip.access, the small cells pioneer since 2002, today announced innovations to the company’s Viper2020 cloud based access platform. As the industry aligns globally around 5G spectrum in the 600 and 700MHz bands, 3500MHz and other upcoming neutral host bands, ip.access leads the way with products and solutions to match. These solutions are valid for both traditional and shared-access licenses.

Service providers, shared-access and neutral host providers, first responders, and network analytics companies benefit from the addition of Presence™ within neutral host small cells. Specifically, we announce the introduction of variants for the indoor and outdoor product families and the integration of Presence™ within neutral host small cells for public safety.  In combination with the SUMO™ 5G-oriented Network Slicing technology, these solutions are ideal for shared access and shared application networks, combining Access, Presence Sensing and both Cat-M and NB-IoT in a single platform. 

“By combining our presenceSensor analytics capabilities to our neutral host small cells, we’ve opened an entire new market opportunity for neutral host service providers, retail and stadium venues, and first responder network services,” said Malcolm Gordon, CEO of ip.access.

Viper2020™ is a flexible cloud platform for management of licensed spectrum, neutral host, IoT small cells and presenceSensors with support for multi-operator access, analytics and IoT connected devices. 

“With our new portfolio additions, we give service providers, system integrators and neutral host providers the ability to combine the benefits of small cells with neutral host and presence services to address the 5G market potential,” said Dr. Nick Johnson, CTO and Founder of ip.access. “We also believe it’s important to support new and unique bands for 4G or 5G services, first responder networks and rural markets.”

Small cells in shared spectrum in the U.S. and Europe, with presenceSensors, make it possible for 4G and 5G networks to leverage a common management and access platform to offer reliable and lowest cost mobile access and revenue-generating presence analytics and services, both with and without mobile core network access.

“While it’s unclear what, exactly, 5G networks will look like, we do know that fulfilling the 5G promise – delivering more data, more reliably, to a broader set of customer segments – will require small cell networks, software and network virtualization, along with platforms which support new spectrum resources and new business models focused on neutral host or presence capabilities,” said Peter Jarich, Chief Analyst with Global Data.  “The new Viper2020 innovations speak to those requirements positioning it well to support operators in their quest to deliver access and differentiated, value-add services.” 

Viper2020™ includes access, presence and IoT capabilities for ultimate network performance, coverage and analytics:

Cloud platform with virtualised gateways for secure access and routing of all traffic and analytics data between small cells, Wi-Fi access points, presenceSensors and service provider networks

Low cost and proven portfolio:
Indoor and outdoor small cells
Neutral host small cells with and without presenceSensors

Portfolio of neutral host 4G + IoT small cells for enterprise and venue deployments
Small cells with 600MHz and 700MHz bands, 3500MHz and other upcoming neutral host bands

Earlier this year, ip.access made the following important announcements:
ip.access enhances T-Mobile’s retail-based customer analytics with PRESENCE™
ip.access to develop next generation IoT small cells on the path to 5G in collaboration with Intel
ip.access increases support for Neutral Host Multi-Operator deployments with a range of new access points

About ip.access:
ip.access delivers best-in-class wireless solutions to maximise the value of radio and data spectrum with disruptive business models. The company has over 15 years of small cell innovations under its belt, 10 industry firsts and approaching 1.5 million small cells shipped with field proven hardware and complete platforms live in over 100 customers’ networks around the world.

With its award-winning Viper™ multi-operator solution, ip.access is helping mobile operators, landlords, MVNOs, enterprises, service providers and integrators to open up a host of new commercial opportunities for the provision of indoor cellular coverage. Viper combines several ip.access products and technologies into an enterprise-focused platform which dramatically simplifies, and reduces the cost of, small cell deployments.

ip.access’ Presence service is the only field-proven solution specifically focused on driving carrier data monetisation strategies based on micro-location. Delivering critical micro-proximity data across the broadest set of use cases within a flexible privacy and permissions framework, Presence has been selected as sole vendor for a number of global telco, financial services and retail customers.

With a strong track record of working with trusted partners on integrated solutions and services, ip.access unlocks spectrum value for customers globally.

For further information please contact:
Rachel Nulty Wildfire
+44 (0)20 8408 8000

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