The multi-award winning developer of picocell and femtocell solutions, has been named the number one picocell vendor in an independent study by leading technology analysts ABI Research.
Picocells are small cellular base stations used to extend mobile coverage to indoor areas where outdoor signals do not reach, such as offices, shops, aircraft cabins and ships, or to add network capacity in areas with very dense phone usage. ip.access’ nanoGSM® is the world’s most deployed picocell solution, providing GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for more than 35 operators across the globe.
ip.access tops the ABI picocell vendor matrix on both the implementation and innovation rankings. The study concludes that ip.access is the ‘dominating force’ in the 2G picocell market - which currently makes up the bulk of worldwide picocell shipments - and is well positioned for the future 3G picocell market based on its established femtocell technology, Oyster 3G™.
“The market for picocells is expected to continue growing at a steady pace, but is dependent on how leading picocell vendors like ip.access adapt and innovate next generation picocells with a view to reduce their total cost of ownership,” said Aditya Kaul, Senior Analyst at ABI Research and author of a new report entitled ‘Picocells - Market, Technology and Business Issues; Threats from Super Femtocells; and Opportunities in 3G Markets’.
“The picocell market has grown at a very healthy rate,” said Dr Andy Tiller, VP Marketing at ip.access. “Our nanoGSM picocells pioneered the use of IP backhaul to simplify deployment and reduce operating costs, and we have seen these concepts become widely accepted – not least with the emergence of consumer femtocells.”
According to ABI, the distinction between picocells and femtocells will blur in future. Picocells will adapt to take on femtocell attributes such as self-installation by the end customer – effectively becoming ‘super-femtocells’ with longer range and higher capacity.
“We are in full agreement with ABI’s market prediction and can definitely see a point where it will be possible to deploy a picocell (or ‘super-femtocell’) cost-effectively, even in small businesses,” continued Tiller. “ip.access believes a clear distinction will remain between consumer femtocells and picocells for the enterprise market. In our view, picocells will always be more sophisticated products than consumer grade femtocells and will provide operators greater control over radio planning, fault reporting and performance management.”
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 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.
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