ip.access signs global small cell agreement with Telenor Group
11 countries covered by framework agreement Confirms ip.access as market leading small cell supplier and innovator
Cambridge, 3 February 2012: Pioneering developer of small cell mobile technology, ip.access, today confirmed it had signed a major global agreement with Telenor Group, one of the world’s leading mobile network operator groups, for the supply of ip.access’ end-to-end small cell solutions.
The frame agreement covers all 11 operators in the Telenor Group including its home network in Norway, as well as the other Scandinavian countries plus Telenor’s operations in Eastern Europe, the Indian sub-continent and the Asia Pacific region.
Telenor’s selection was based on a number of key criteria, including the ability to deliver an end-to-end solution, technical credibility, and a competitive long term Total Cost of Ownership.
Under the terms of the deal, ip.access will be able to supply its standards-compliant end-to-end 3G small cell solution for residential, business and public use to Telenor operators worldwide. Last year, ip.access was the first vendor to pass the milestone of more than half a million 3G small cells operational in networks globally. The deal also has provision to potentially extend to 4G in future.
Simon Brown, ip.access CEO said: “This is another important milestone for both ip.access and the small cell market. Major operators are recognising and reacting to the role that small cells can play to boost coverage, capacity and customer service in homes, offices and public spaces.”
“What’s more – as we move into an ‘always on’ world, small cells will be a key part of the connectivity solution from crowded office buildings to remote rural locations.”
Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, ip.access Ltd (www.ipaccess.com) is an innovator, developer and manufacturer of small cell infrastructure solutions for home, business, or public use and is an acknowledged world-leader across a number of key measures.
The company’s range of ‘Small Cell’ picocell and femtocell solutions for 3G, EDGE GSM, and forthcoming LTE deployments combine IP and wireless technologies and have all the key components needed – small cell access points, converged radio access gateways, and network management solutions – to help operators drive down costs and increase the coverage and capacity of mobile networks.
In 2011, ip.access passed the market-leading milestone of 500,000 3G small cells deployed and has also been independently ranked by ABI Research as the world’s number 1 picocell vendor.
ip.access is the company behind the multi-award winning Oyster 3G® femtocell technology, which dramatically improves indoor 3G coverage and overall network capacity. Oyster 3G is the core femtocell technology ‘inside’ AT&T’s 3G MicroCell – the world’s largest consumer small cell deployment.
The company’s nanoGSM® and nano3G® picocell solutions provide 2G and 3G coverage and capacity for offices, shops, stations, remote rural areas and even passenger aircraft and ships, with live installations in more than 60 networks around the world.
ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, Tyco Electronics, Cisco, Qualcomm and Motorola Ventures among its shareholders.
Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 133 million mobile subscriptions. Telenor has mobile operations in 11 markets as well as an economic stake of 31.67 per cent in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 19 markets.
The Telenor Group:
• Strong mobile footprint in the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia
• Leading Nordic position in broadband and TV services
• Substantial activities in subsidiaries and joint venture operations
• One of the top 500 global companies by market value
• Among the top performers on Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
• 31,000 man-years worldwide
• Revenues 2010: NOK 95 billion
• Group CEO: Jon Fredrik Baksaas
• Listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, with headquarters in Norway