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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...

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ip.access to provide mobile coverage on the Moon by 2019

Innovative technology has been implemented in the International Space Station for testing to begin. In less than four years’ time, man will be able to make and receive personal phone calls between the Moon and Earth. Announced today, ip.access has developed small cell technology that will allow space travellers to communicate to Earth simply by using their mobile phones. In a new project that appeals to both commercial companies and space organisations that are actively looking at space tourism as the next frontier for the leisure industry, the solution is set to be fully operational for the 50th anniversary of...

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Think data growth is slowing? Think again.

Cisco recently published its VNI forecast for this year.  In the face of the periodic “data crunch denial” stories, I’ve been tracking this for the last few years, looking for evidence that the data growth is over.  But guess what, it’s not.  The forecast continues to grow on roughly the same exponent as it has the last three years.  There was a correction between 2012 and 2013, but since then – steady as she grows. The world still needs small cells, even if not everyone realises it yet!

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LTE dreams of Spectrum, Wi-Fi dreams of Voice, while users dream of Good Service

Having seen explosive growth over the past five years, Wi-Fi has completely changed the way we communicate and consume data, and cemented itself firmly into our daily lives. Many users can’t wait to switch from mobile internet to Wi-Fi to save their precious monthly data allowance. What’s more, Wi-Fi is growing quickly in the carrier market, with spending rising at a fast pace. An IGR study released in October 2014, forecasted that $3.2 billion will be spent between 2013 and 2018 on the installation of North American carrier and cable-operator Wi-Fi hotspots. So does this mean small cells should be worried?...