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ip.access backs shared spectrum solution to improve UK rural coverage

7th December 2016

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Leading small cell solutions provider responds to Parliamentary group report seeking to deliver better mobile coverage for all

London December 7th 2016 – ip.access has called for UK regulators and mobile operators to pursue a multi-operator shared spectrum solution to improve mobile coverage in rural areas and beyond.

ip.access has made this statement in response to the report, Mobile Coverage: A good call for Britain? issued by the British Infrastructure Group (BIG), a cross-party group of MPs dedicated to promoting better infrastructure across the UK. The BIG report proposes imposing compulsory roaming on mobile operators, as a means of improving rural coverage. However, ip.access argues that spectrum sharing offers a superior solution – commercially and in terms of customer experience – to national roaming, and would also provide a blueprint for other countries facing similar challenges.

ip.access CEO Malcolm Gordon said, “The BIG report identifies 17 million UK customers who experience poor reception at home and 525 areas with non-existent mobile coverage. We recognise the importance of this issue, and strongly believe that regulators and operators should commit to supporting shared spectrum as the most effective approach to connecting the unconnected in rural communities.”

Shared access small cells are simply the next logical step in a path that began twenty years ago with the first tower sharing agreements. The same cost arguments that won out then over the “cell site as a differentiator argument” are likely to win over the “spectrum as a differentiator” argument today.

With a shared spectrum system, a single network can be built out by a mobile operator or third party ‘neutral host’ which all operators can then offer services on. This would have several advantages over compulsory roaming, including:

Small cells support multi-operator networks via standards like 3GPP’s MOCN, and they are often used to provide cost-effective mobile coverage in remote areas, with superior quality of service to macro network roaming.

ip.access’ own award-winning Viper™ platform is an example of a solution capable of providing multi-operator coverage from a single small cell. Viper reduces the capital and operational cost for each operator by allowing them to share active infrastructure and spectrum, without losing control of the capacity each operator is able to offer its customers. This removes a significant barrier to increasing deployments of indoor cellular infrastructure.

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Leading small cell solutions provider responds to Parliamentary group report seeking to deliver better mobile coverage for all

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About ip.access

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, ip.access originates the best-in-class wireless solutions that maximise the value of radio and data assets via disruptive business models. The company has products and solutions live in over 100 customers’ networks around the world.

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