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22 July, 2013 - 16:07 By News Desk

Jersey fits for ip.access

Jersey Telecom has chosen ip.access to supply 3G small cells for the island’s first residential, business and public access deployment

Small cell technology from Cambridge UK business ip.access has earned a landmark deal in the Channel Islands.

Jersey Telecom has chosen ip.access to supply 3G small cells for the island’s first residential, business and public access deployment.

The full commercial roll-out of the service has already started after an initial deployment earlier this year proved to be both successful and highly popular with users.

ip.access SVP sales and operations Rob Jones, said indoor coverage in Jersey presented many challenges for mobile operators including the increased usage of metal components in building insulation.

“By deploying our indoor small cells in homes and business premises we are helping to turn not-spots into hot-spots and deliver the always-on connectivity demanded by the Smartphone generation.”

The small cells on the island are being supported by the ip.access nanoConverge gateway solution, which enables operators to manage 2G, 3G and 4G small cells from a converged Gateway.

Tim Knights, head of mobile networks for Jersey Telecom said: “The small cells we have deployed so far have been really well received by our customers. We’ve been able to both increase our indoor coverage and also off-load some capacity from the macro network to improve overall network performance and quality.

“We have looked at small cell solutions before but the entry level costs associated with other solutions in the market have previously made the economics difficult. The ip.access nanoConverge 200 removed that barrier.

“What’s particularly pleasing is how well the ip.access small cells have integrated into our macro network and we will now be accelerating our roll-out of the service across the island targeting busy and hard to reach locations.”

ip.access counts Amadeus Capital Partners, Cisco, Frog Capital, Intel Capital, Qualcomm, Rothschild, Scottish Equity Partners and TE Connectivity among its shareholders.

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