TE Connectivity and ip.access introduce integrated Small Cell and DAS
System is Industry’s First All-Digital Integrated DAS and Base Station
MINNEAPOLIS, MN and Cambridge. UK – Feb. 21, 2012 – TE Connectivity (TE) and ip.access today announced that the two companies have teamed to create the world’s first all-digital integrated Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and small cell base station for WCDMA services. The solution uses ip.access’ E16 picocell access point integrated with TE’s InterReach Spectrum or InterReach Fusion DAS products to provide a one-stop system for enterprises wishing to improve mobile service in their facilities. The solution will be presented in TE’s booth #2A61 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 27 through March 1, 2012.
Under terms of the agreement, ip.access furnishes a baseband processing unit with the same features as its E16 3G picocell, integrated into a single card that can be inserted into TE’s InterReach Spectrum digital DAS. The system eliminates A/D and D/A converters and RF interfacing equipment since the ip.access base station is connected directly to the DAS, improving signal quality while reducing heat dissipation, power consumption and deployment space.
“This integrated DAS and small cell system brings a new level of simplicity and ease of deployment to enterprise mobile networks,” said Simon Brown, chief executive officer of ip.access. “Our E16 picocell provides the capacity enterprises need for their mobile users with cost-effective Ethernet backhaul, while the TE DAS products distribute that capacity throughout a facility or campus.”
ip.access’ small cell access points use the 3GPP standard Iuh interface for connection to the wireless service provider’s network, enabling the E16 to interoperate not only with ip.access’ own small cell gateways and management system, but also with third party standards-based small cell gateways. This makes the integrated DAS solution very flexible, and allows it to support multi-operator deployments from a single installation. The solution provides precision capacity to specific areas and the ability to move capacity over distances, making the most out of the service provider assets.
“We believe integrating DAS and small cell base stations is the wave of the future as more enterprises and other venues see the need for enhanced mobile network capacity and coverage,” said Chris Jurasek, vice president and general manager of TE Wireless and Services. “Our long relationship with ip.access has now resulted in a breakthrough system that addresses the need for small cell coverage and capacity in thousands of locations.”
The integrated small cell/DAS system supporting WCDMA will be available for demonstrations in the summer of 2012. An LTE system is planned for early 2013.
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 LTE deployments combine IP and wireless technologies and have all the key components needed – small cell access points, converged 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, both directly and through partners, 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 Amadeus Capital Partners, Cisco, Intel Capital, Qualcomm, Rothschild, Scottish Equity Partners and TE Connectivity among its shareholders.
About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity is a global, $14 billion company that designs and manufactures approximately 500,000 products that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside the products that touch every aspect of our lives. Our nearly 100,000 employees partner with customers in virtually every industry—from consumer electronics, energy and healthcare, to automotive, aerospace and communication networks—enabling smarter, faster, better technologies to connect products to possibilities. More information on TE Connectivity can be found at http://www.te.com
ABOUT TE WIRELESS and SERVICES
The business unit TE Wireless and Services provides innovative solutions for wireless, wireline, cable and enterprise networks around the world. A leader in distributed antenna systems (DAS) for in-building and microcellular networks, TE’s solutions transform the way mobile service delivery networks are created, deployed and used for new mobile applications. TE’s services capabilities support a variety of multi-vendor, multi-technology and multi-service deployments. Learn more about these solutions at http://www.te.com/das.
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