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ip.access Collaborates with Qualcomm to Deliver Next Generation Small Cell Product Line

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Cambridge November 21, 2013 – Leading independent small cell innovator and system builder, ip.access, today announced availability of its second generation small cell product-line based on Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.’s (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) small cell chipset. This new compact form-factor device offers high performance, evolved high-speed packet access (HSPA+) support and Wi-Fi + DSL integration options. Developed based on QTI’s FSM series chipset, this new product line represents the next generation of volume optimised small cells for enterprise and residential applications.

The new small cells will be shipping starting from the first quarter of 2014 and are already slated for delivery in newly won, high volume projects. The product-line is delivered with an original design manufacturer (ODM) in a move that ip.access says will enable it to offer unrivalled price and performance capability and grow its mass-market deployments.

Announcing the development, Chief Executive Officer Simon Brown said: "We now see far more customer projects moving quickly to volume and it has become increasingly important to match our leading edge technology with those we collaborate with on high performance silicon and manufacturing. This allows us to deliver the volume and performance required by our growing customer base and enlarged product portfolio."

Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. said: "We are seeing sustained growth in the small cell segment and are committed to supporting companies like ip.access with our core technologies to enable them to compete successfully and grow rapidly. With operators facing exponential growth in mobile data over the next five years, we believe our FSM series chipsets are uniquely positioned to deliver cost-effective network densification."

Brown notes that Qualcomm’s success in the smartphone sector will become ever more relevant as the requirement for intelligent interaction between networks and handsets becomes critical to delivering the best experience to users.

"Our small cell portfolio is targeted at giving operators the best possible coverage, capacity and network total cost of ownership (TCO), in the smallest possible product footprint,” he said. “Qualcomm’s track record and expertise allow us to carry its smartphone experience into our residential network products to maximise performance and enhance our new large scale deployments."

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