Operators looking to improve the 3G user experience in business premises have an apparent choice between using 3G picocells or alternatively adapting consumer-style femtocells to serve the enterprise. Which option is better?
UK-based pioneer in cellular-over-IP, ip.access, has released a new white paper for mobile network operators analysing the issues surrounding enterprise 3G, including user experience, cost and operational management. The “3G in the enterprise” whitepaper concludes that femtocells will serve the small office / home office market well, but that next-generation 3G picocells (sometimes called “super-femtocells”) are the best option for larger business premises.
The new whitepaper draws on ip.access’ extensive experience in deploying capacity and coverage solutions for leading mobile operators, and explores the SME market sweetspot for in-building 3G solutions. Key topic areas covered include: enterprise 3G options, next generation 3G picocells and a detailed comparison of picocells versus femtocell grid solutions.
Dr Andy Tiller, VP Marketing for ip.access and author of the whitepaper, explains the factors involved in optimal 3G deployment in the enterprise: “From cost scaling and interference issues to peak usage and configuration management, it is clear that, although femtocells are appropriate for the SOHO market, SMEs and branch offices of larger organisations are better served through 3G picocells. For both the user and the mobile operator, the next-generation 3G picocell approach provides the most reliable and cost-effective solution to 3G coverage and capacity issues.”
The whitepaper is now available for download from the ip.access website.
Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access Ltd (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.
ip.access is the company behind the multi-award winning Oyster 3G™ femtocell. The Oyster 3G increases cell capacity and coverage, drives down costs and dramatically improves the 3G user experience at home.
The ip.access nanoGSM® is the world’s most deployed picocell solution. It provides GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for offices, shops and (using satellite backhaul) passenger aircraft, ships and remote rural areas.
With deployments in more than 35 live networks around the world and growing, 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.