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20 June, 2011 - 09:01 By News Desk

ip.access expands 3G coverage and capacity

ip.access CEO Simon Brown

Cambridge based femtocell and picocell manufacturer, ip.access, has further pushed back the frontiers of 3G coverage and capacity.

Its latest advancement triples the number of users able to tap into access points simultaneously.

The company has worked hard at its Cambridge research centre to expand its nano3G range of access points, offering increased 3G coverage & capacity for up to 24 users. The innovation is targeted at the markets for larger offices and indoor public environments.

Business Weekly flagged up new advances from ip.access last week when we revealed the launch of OysterCatcher – a new diagnostic solution that enables mobile operators to optimise radio performance in large scale deployments of ip.access femtocells.

The company’s new E16 and E24 picocell Access Points will provide the ease of set-up and installation associated with traditional femtocell deployments, alongside the increased power, capacity, features and performance of enterprise E-class products. The E-class Access Points are based on the same award-winning ip.access technology which lies at the heart of AT&T’s 3G MicroCell – the world’s largest consumer femtocell deployment.

The new products complement the existing S8 Access Point, aimed at smaller offices and shops. All can be configured for open access, two-way handover with the macro network, and active alarms, making them ideal for targeted deployment in enterprises and public environments.

ip.access CEO Simon Brown said: “The office smartphone population is rising rapidly and these users are among the very heaviest consumers of data both in and out of the office.

“The ease of deployment of our E-class and S-class Access Points allows operators to quickly deliver cost effective solutions to boost both coverage and capacity for their busiest customers in their busiest environment – and at the same time relieve pressure on the surrounding macro network.”

The E-class and S-class products are part of ip.access’ nano3G end-to-end RAN solution. Existing picocells in the E-class range are normally wall or ceiling mounted, with the installation typically undertaken by the operator. However, both E-class and S-class Access Points can be pre-provisioned by the operator and installed by the end customer as they simply require a power supply and an Internet connection.

• Photograph shows: ip.access CEO Simon Brown

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