News release

Date: 5th November 2008

ip.access appoints Philip Rimell as Chief Operating Officer

New appointment strengthens management team for continued growth

Cambridge, November 5 2008 – ip.access (, the multi-award winning developer of picocell and femtocell solutions to boost mobile phone coverage indoors, today announced the appointment of Philip Rimell as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Philip Rimell joins ip.access from telecoms solutions provider JacobsRimell, which he co-founded in 1997 to provide automated provisioning and activation for a wide range of IP-based services to cable, wireline and wireless operators. Rimell was responsible for the architecture that underpinned all JacobsRimell products and growth prior to its acquisition by Amdocs in 2008.

Rimell succeeds outgoing ip.access COO Alan Hewitt, who is retiring after having successfully established ip.access’ femtocell delivery programme.

Welcoming Rimell, Stephen Mallinson, CEO of ip.access, said, “Everybody here at ip.access is excited to have such a respected industry figure as Philip joining our management team. His experience and expertise in delivering major systems for the fixed and mobile telecoms market strengthens ip.access’ capability to meet the needs of our operator customers and sustain the company’s growth and ongoing success, which Alan Hewitt was instrumental in helping to establish. We are immensely grateful for Alan’s contribution and wish him a very happy retirement.”

The worldwide demand for picocells and femtocells continues to grow rapidly. ip.access’ nanoGSM® solution is the world's most deployed picocell, helping mobile network operators improve coverage and capacity for enterprises, SMEs and in public spaces. The ip.access Oyster 3G™ femtocell extends these benefits into the home, with the first commercial launches expected in the first half of 2009.

In August, ip.access was named to the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 list of the UK’s fastest-growing technology companies for the second successive year. The company has also won numerous industry awards - including a Global Mobile Award and a World Communications Award - for its Oyster3G femtocell product. The Oyster 3G is currently in trials with Tier One operators worldwide.

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About ip.access
Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access ltd ( 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 and solve in-building access problems for mobile operators, opening up new revenue streams while defending existing business.

ip.access is the company behind the Oyster 3G™ femtocell solution, winner of numerous industry awards, including a Global Mobile Award and a World Communications Award. The Oyster 3G dramatically increases 3G cell capacity and coverage; improves quality of experience for the end-user; and drives down costs for the operator.

The ip.access nanoGSM® is the world’s most deployed picocell solution for cellular networks. It provides GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for offices, shops and using satellite backhaul passenger aircraft, ships and in remote rural areas.

With more than 35 live networks around the world and many more being deployed, ip.access is the partner of choice for operators competing in the new converged marketplace.

ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, ADC, Cisco, Qualcomm and Motorola Ventures among its shareholders.

For more on The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100, visit

Alex Sowden / Dave McCann
T: +44 118 920 7650
E : ipaccess[at]the-cc-group[dot]com

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