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RCR Wireless webinar: Scalability, ROI and the business case for small cells

I was recently given the opportunity to take part in a webinar hosted by RCR Wireless to discuss the future of small cells. The industry finds itself at an interesting juncture and it was great to be joined by Iain Gillott, President of iGR, and Dave Mayo, SVP Technology at T-Mobile US, to debate the current commercial status of small cell technology. Here at ip.access we are firmly of the belief that the telecoms industry needs to embrace innovative new business models if we are to realise the full benefit of small cell technology in current and future networks. At...

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LTE Small Cells – improving the value proposition of satellite backhaul applications

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Global VSAT Forum (GVF) conference, chaired by ip.access partner Huckworthy, on the topic of cellular backhaul. The GVF typically looks to promote the satellite communications industry, and given the overlap in vertical markets between satellite and small cells, their invite to attend a cellular focused event was too good to refuse. The day consisted of around 15 speakers from industry (including our own Nick Johnson), each talking on a topic roughly aligned to the conference subject of satellite backhauling for cellular. As each speaker presented and then engaged in Q&A with...

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A night to celebrate

London, May 12, 2016: Independent companies took centre stage in London last night at the Small Cell Forum’s annual awards ceremony. I’d say it’s the equivalent to the ‘Oscars’ for the Small Cells Industry, where any company which carries weight in the small cell space, would have a seat at the table. For ip.access it was night of company and personal triumph. The company’s new VIPER platform won the prestigious Judges’ Choice Award while Founder and CTO Nick Johnson collected the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award in recognition of his long-term leadership and role in the Forum over many...

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ip.access at the Leading Edge

We’re pleased to announce our involvement in the 5G-PPP affiliated Horizon 2020 Project SESAME.  Building on the fundamentals for virtualised, de-centralised RAN, multi-operator deployment and edge intelligence, the SESAME consortium has a great mix of players from around Europe. Led by the Greek operator OTE, our group includes large and small vendors, research institutes, universities and consultancies, to solve the technical and economic issues arising in next-generation mobile networks. As the project culminates in a practical demonstration, ip.access’ product line and market positioning will gain a massive boost, feeding into European industry and global consumer experience as 4G networks complete...

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Oh what a night!!!

The Small Cell Forum Industry Awards has to be my favourite time of the year in the ‘small cell world’.  There’s a certain excitement in the air when you have all the top players in the ecosystem compete for recognition while at the same time cheer each other on as the winners get announced and make their way to the podium.  This year’s SCF awards had a staggering 65+ submissions from which the independent panel of judges selected the deserving winners. The Forum themed this year’s evening as ‘The Night of a Thousand Stars’ and it surely felt that way...

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ip.access have been shortlisted for three Small Cell Forum Industry Awards

The Small Cell Forum Awards have become an extension of our partners’ outreach programme. This is because we specifically choose to submit those unique and successful commercial partner deployments which have been made possible thanks to the synergies we achieved with our partners in the deployment of small cells globally. Under category 4: Excellence in commercial deployment (RURAL & REMOTE) we have 2 successful submissions, both equally unique and successful in their own right. Small cells on the move A joint award submission with our esteemed partner, iDirect ip.access and iDirect have combined their respective small cells and satellite backhaul...

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Multi-Operator Small Cells: the Network of Today for the Customer of Tomorrow

Multi-Operator Small Cells are still a rarity.  Yet building owners are crying in the wilderness for cellular in their buildings.  Complaints from owners of buildings regarding the quality of their coverage are met with mystification and inertia by the mobile operators.  We don’t see customer complaints, say the mobile operators.  No, say the building owners, because they complain to us.  Ah, so it’s your problem, says the mobile operator to the building owner.  And the conversation spirals downhill from there. Why is Wi-Fi so successful indoors, yet licensed radio small cells indoors still seen as exotic?  As with most technology...

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Evaluating Google’s new virtual mobile network strategy

Google’s launch of its virtual mobile network, Project Fi, isn’t necessarily a traditional mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) scenario; where a consumer brand looks to add mobile services to its portfolio, like Virgin Mobile does on EE’s UK infrastructure. Instead, Google has moved to a position where it can convert traditional mobile operators into utility pipe providers and replace them in the eye of the customer. Clearly a long-term plan for Google, this announcement hints at a huge number of implications for operators. Although initially offered only to Nexus 6 handset owners in the US, Google will no doubt be...

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Does poor mobile coverage at work really have to be a given?

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes…and unreliable mobile phone reception at work.” The great ‘founding father’ Benjamin Franklin knew the certainty of the future, but maybe now we should add the bit he missed. Why? Well what would he have thought 250 years ago if the candle he needed to work by wouldn’t light? Consistent mobile connectivity is a puzzling problem that we face. When you consider the extremes man has gone to develop amazing technology that can read your mind, create cameras to film the movement of light, and smart glasses...