UK-based picocell and femtocell developer and manufacturer, ip.access, today confirmed it has secured a dedicated R&D centre in India in partnership with worldwide business services company, Quickstart Global.
Based at the Quickstart Global centre in Pune, the ip.access facility will initially number some 10-15 staff but is expected to grow to 40 dedicated R&D engineers by the end of this year.
Announcing the move, ip.access Chief Operating Officer, Philip Rimell said: “We see this new Pune centre as a great opportunity to extend our product development capability in order to best serve the needs of our customers and the market worldwide.
“This will be a focused development centre, leveraging the wealth of engineering talent that is available in India and complementing the work of our long-standing Indian partners, Aricent and Sasken.”
Securing a dedicated R&D resource in India is the second piece of good news for ip.access in the region. Earlier this month the company announced it has won a contract with leading Indian operator Bharti Airtel to supply its nanoGSM picocells for deployment across the country.
The picocells will be used to boost both in-building coverage and capacity within business premises and other busy indoor locations throughout India.
“India is a vibrant and burgeoning wireless marketplace – both in terms of usage and in terms of development,” added Mr Rimell. “We are delighted to be involved in this growth both as a supplier of services and as a creator of opportunity. By this time next year, I expect some 80 people will be located at the Quickstart Global R&D centre for ip.access in Pune.”
Neal Gandhi, CEO of Quickstart Global said: “Our In-House Anywhere model was set up to enable companies such as ip.access to create centres of excellence using local talent without the headaches involved in setting up their own operation overseas.
“We understand how important it is for ip.access to have an R&D team working under its direction and supporting its market requirements. We look forward to a long partnership and to establishing a support centre that will help ip.access not only achieve its goals but also provide valuable employment opportunities locally,” he added.
Headquartered 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.
About Quickstart Global
Quickstart Global provides companies with the simplest, most effective solution to implement global strategies through their innovative In House Anywhere™ and Subsidiary Anywhere™ services.
Quickstart Global was founded in 2006 by serial entrepreneurs Neal Gandhi and Kaushal Chokshi who believe in a ‘Born Global’ mindset: the world as one marketplace. They have over 650 personnel located in ten countries. Quickstart Global’s objective is to have personnel in all G20 countries in the near future, establishing an ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ service whereby businesses from any country in the world can expand into their country of choice.
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