ip.access the multi-award winning developer of picocell and femtocell solutions, and Blue Ocean Wireless, the world’s first global GSM provider for the deep sea merchant maritime sector, have won a Global Telecom Business Innovation Award for the wireless network infrastructure innovation category. The joint entry was named as a winner at the glittering Global Telecoms Business Innovation black tie awards ceremony last night in central London, in front of an audience of senior telecoms executives from around the world.
ip.access and Blue Ocean Wireless won the Award for Blue Ocean’s global service, which uses ip.access nanoGSM picocells on commercial ships to provide on-board 2G mobile phone connectivity to merchant seafarers. Using the cellular signal generated by the ip.access nanoGSM, crew members can use their own standard GSM phones to make and receive calls and SMS messages while away at sea.
“We are delighted to win this award for our work with Blue Ocean Wireless. The Blue Ocean service is a truly innovative solution that addresses the global challenge facing those at sea who want to communicate with home, easily and on their own mobile phone,” said Jamie Cave, VP sales EMEA as he accepted the award on behalf of ip.access at the Awards dinner. “Winning this award recognises the achievement of our two companies, and we look forward to continuing our work with Blue Ocean Wireless to develop and deliver new and exciting applications for this technology in the future.”
We were impressed by the quality and number of nominations this year — the most we have ever had — so it was a special triumph to be one of the winners this year. This was an outstanding project and well deserves its award, “said Alan Burkitt-Gray, editor of Global Telecoms Business. “The industry is seeing a wave of innovation which is making a huge difference — to the companies working in the industry and to all of us in business and as consumers. Congratulations to all the award winners.”
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 40 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.
About Blue Ocean Wireless
Blue Ocean Wireless is an Irish company with a base in the UK focused on expanding communication capability in the merchant maritime sector. Blue Ocean Wireless, founded in March, 2007 by Irish private equity firm, Claret Capital, provides, for the first time, GSM connectivity for seafarers in deep ocean water, where no other network exists. This allows users to make and receive voice calls, send and receive SMS text messages and, in time, browse the internet using their existing handsets.
Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW) works in partnership with communications industry leaders including, Altobridge, JRC, SeaCom, Smart Communications and Stratos to provide the best products to its customers.
BOW shareholders include Claret Capital, NTT Docomo, the world’s leading mobile communications company, Smart Communications, the Philippines leading mobile telecoms company, Bank of Scotland (Ireland), a subsidiary of HBOS plc and Altobridge, the Irish remote communications company.
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