ip.access and iDirect collaborate to offer remote GSM picocell solution with satellite backhaul
June 12th 2006
Cambridge, -- ip.access ltd, a leading developer of in-building wireless picocell solutions, today announces that its nanoGSM picocell solution has successfully completed testing for interoperability with VSAT satellite equipment from iDirect, the satellite-based broadband access solutions developer. ip.access has joined iDirect’s IP Alliance, and the two companies now offer a proven solution for enhancing GSM coverage and capacity in remote locations worldwide.
Backhauling ip.access’ nanoBTS picocells over iDirect satellite equipment will enable operators to deliver cost-effective basestation coverage in remote locations where it was previously considered uneconomic. Using satellite backhaul, ip.access’ picocells can also be deployed in vehicles to make optimal coverage and capacity available in transit.
John Kealey President and CEO iDirect, commented, “Together with ip.access, we can deliver a complete cost-effective solution for enhancing GSM coverage and capacity in remote locations. We are delighted to welcome ip.access to the IP Alliance and look forward to working with them.”
Stephen Mallinson CEO, ip.access, added, “In addition to creating new market opportunities, the availability of nanoGSM with VSAT backhaul further expands the range of installation options that can be supported. The benefits of nanoGSM can be enjoyed worldwide, in any location.”
ip.access’ nanoGSM range of wireless infrastructure products deliver coverage and capacity in difficult-to-reach areas, enabling enhanced service coverage and increased Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) for Mobile Network Operators, Service Providers and MVNOs.
Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access ltd (www.ipaccess.com) is a leading manufacturer of cost-effective picocellular GSM, GPRS and EDGE infrastructure solutions, which integrate with standard broadband IP networks for backhaul. The nanoGSM® product range allows mobile network operators to provide low-cost coverage and capacity for offices, shops and residential buildings; giving users improved service quality and enabling pure cellular fixed-mobile convergence. ip.access picocells can also provide coverage on passenger aircraft, ships and in remote rural areas using satellite backhaul.
ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Intel Capital, Rothschild Gestion, and TTP Communications (LSE: TTC) among its shareholders.
About iDirect Technologies
iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect was awarded the 2005 World Teleport Association Teleport Technology of the year, the Innovation & Technology of the Year by The ISCe Advisory Board, and named number one in the Deloitte & Touche Virginia Technology Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing U.S. technology companies. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America. Additional information is available on the company website at www.idirect.net.
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