ip.access Named Number One Picocell Vendor by ABI Research

ip.access has been named the number one picocell vendor in an independent study by technology analysts ABI Research.

Picocells are small cellular base stations used to extend mobile coverage to indoor areas where outdoor signals do not reach, such as offices, shops, aircraft cabins and ships, or to add network capacity in areas with very dense phone usage. ip.access' nanoGSM is the world's most deployed picocell solution, providing GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for more than 35 operators across the globe.

ip.access tops the ABI picocell vendor matrix on both the implementation and innovation rankings. The study concludes that ip.access is the 'dominating force' in the 2G picocell market - which currently makes up the bulk of worldwide picocell shipments - and is well positioned for the future 3G picocell market based on its established femtocell technology, Oyster 3G.

According to ABI, the distinction between picocells and femtocells will blur in future. Picocells will adapt to take on femtocell attributes such as self-installation by the end customer effectively becoming 'super-femtocells' with longer range and higher capacity.

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