Pioneering femtocell and picocell manufacturer, ip.access, today announced a new addition to its nano3G range of Access Points, which provide in-building 3G coverage and capacity using the latest femto technology.
The new S class femtocell is designed for use in smaller offices and shops and can support up to eight simultaneous users. Easy to install and set up, the S class femtocell is based on the award-winning ip.access technology at the heart of AT&T’s 3G MicroCell – one of the world’s largest femtocell deployments.
Unlike residential femtocell units, however, the S class femtocells can be configured for open access, two-way handover with the macro network and real-time alarms, making them ideal for targeted deployment in high traffic or high value locations such as busy retail stores and offices.
Announcing the innovation, ip.access SVP of Product Management & Marketing Dr Andy Tiller said: “Indoor call, text and data traffic continues to rise and operators need to find cost effective solutions to boost both coverage and capacity on their networks.
“Home femtocells are fast becoming an integral part of operators’ network strategies, but some of the heaviest data usage occurs within offices and public indoor locations. Now, with our S class and E class nano3G products we can provide easy, open access, solutions that both improve the service for end users and ease network congestion for the mobile network operator.”
Both the S class and E class units are provided by ip.access as part of the nano3G end-to-end RAN solution for operators. The standalone S class unit can be easily installed by the end customer as it simply requires a power supply and an Internet connection. The new S class product is already in operator trials.
The more powerful, rugged E class unit is normally wall or ceiling mounted, or could even be installed in a roof void. This installation is typically undertaken by the operator.
“The beauty of these products is that they can be targeted at high traffic sites by operators and require very little investment to give a significant improvement in network performance,” added Tiller. “Everyone wins - in-building users, operators and the other customers of the network nearby.”
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.
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.
Kevin Taylor, Robertson Taylor PR
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