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Innovative independent small cell developer and manufacturer, ip.access confirmed it has been selected to supply Jersey Telecom with 3G small cells for the UK island’s first residential, business and public access deployment. The full commercial roll-out of the service has already started after an initial deployment earlier this year proved to be both successful and highly popular with users.
Announcing the deployment, ip.access SVP Sales and Operations Rob Jones, said: “Indoor coverage in Jersey presents many challenges for mobile operators including the increased usage of metal components in building insulation. By deploying our indoor small cells in homes and business premises we are helping to turn not-spots into hot-spots and deliver the always-on connectivity demanded by the Smartphone generation.”
Tim Knights, the Head of Mobile Networks, of Jersey Telecom said: “The small cells we have deployed so far have been really well received by our customers. We’ve been able to both increase our indoor coverage and also off-load some capacity from the macro-network to improve overall network performance and quality.”
The small cells on the island are being supported by the ip.access nanoConverge gateway solution, which enables operators to manage 2G, 3G and 4G small cells from a converged Gateway.
“We have looked at small cell solutions before,” said Knights, “but the entry level costs associated with other solutions in the market have previously made the economics difficult. The ip.access nanoConverge 200 removed that barrier.”