Date: 20th June 2011
20th June 2011, Cambridge: Leading femtocell and picocell manufacturer, ip.access, today announced an expansion to its nano3G range of Access Points, offering increased 3G coverage & capacity for up to 24 users, targeted for larger offices and indoor public environments.
The new E16 and E24 picocell Access Points will provide the ease of set-up and installation associated with traditional femtocell deployments, alongside the increased power, capacity, features and performance of enterprise E-class products. The E-class Access Points are based on the same award-winning ip.access technology which lies at the heart of AT&T’s 3G MicroCell – the world’s largest consumer femtocell deployment.
The new E-class products complement the existing S8 Access Point, aimed at smaller offices and shops. All these products can be configured for open access, two-way handover with the macro network, and active alarms, making them ideal for targeted deployment in enterprises and public environments.
Announcing the expansion of the nano3G range, ip.access CEO Simon Brown said: “The office smartphone population is rising rapidly and these users are among the very heaviest consumers of data both in and out of the office.
“The ease of deployment of our E-class and S-class Access Points allows operators to quickly deliver cost effective solutions to boost both coverage and capacity for their busiest customers in their busiest environment – and at the same time relieve pressure on the surrounding macro network.”
The E-class and S-class products are part of ip.access’ nano3G end-to-end RAN solution. Existing picocells in the E-class range are normally wall or ceiling mounted, with the installation typically undertaken by the operator. However, both E-class and S-class Access Points can be pre-provisioned by the operator and installed by the end customer as they simply require a power supply and an Internet connection.
Headquarters in Cambridge, UK, ip.access ltd (www.ipaccess.com) is a leading manufacturer of cost-effective picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. These solutions bring IP and cellular technologies together to drive down costs and increase coverage and capacity of mobile networks.
ABI Research ranks ip.access as the world’s number 1 picocell vendor; its nanoGSM® and nano3G™ picocell solutions provide 2G and 3G coverage and capacity for offices, shops and (using satellite backhaul) passenger aircraft, ships and remote rural areas. nanoGSM is the world’s most deployed picocell, with live installations in more than 50 networks around the world and growing.
ip.access is also the company behind the multi-award winning Oyster 3G™ femtocell technology, which dramatically improves the user experience for 3G services at home. Oyster 3G is the core femtocell technology in AT&T’s 3G MicroCell.
ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, ADC, Cisco, Qualcomm and Motorola Ventures among its shareholders.
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Note to editors
The following table is taken from the ip.access white paper “Creating Flexibility for Small Cell Solutions” and simply highlights the different capabilities of the ip.access femtocell range. The paper also includes a market segmentation chart and a guide to market sizes.
The full white paper is available on request or can be downloaded from the ip.access web site.
E class picocell (enterprise)
S class femtocell (office or home)
C class femtocell (residential)
8 / 16 / 24
Open or closed
Static (parameter selection may be automated
Static or auto (via Network Listen)
Auto-configuration (via Network Listen
Pre-provisioned or end customer self-activated
End user self-activation
Active or passive