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ip.access GSM picocells deployed by new UK spectrum licensee FMS

7th December 2006

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Cambridge, UK, 7 December 2006 – ip.access ltd, a leading developer of in-building wireless picocell solutions, today announces that FMS Group is using nanoGSM technology to seize the market opportunities created by its new UK low-power spectrum license. Using its own licensed spectrum, FMS is currently working with VPN specialist Excelerate Technology to deploy ip.access’ solution, creating the exclusive RapidNet GSM self-contained networks for the UK emergency services’ rapid deployment mobile incident command vehicles.

nanoGSM uses IP-backhauled picocells to enhance GSM coverage and capacity. It matches the 200mW power limit specified by Ofcom, who in April 2006 awarded FMS, along with eleven other companies, the licenses to provide low-power services throughout the UK with a 3.3MHz slice of GSM 1800 spectrum.

FMS also uses nanoGSM to serve private businesses, transportation, civil engineering and business continuity applications, as well as campus-style deployments for the public sector.

Richard Percy, director, FMS, commented, “With access to our own GSM spectrum, we can offer our customers the low-cost advantages of ip.access’ nanoGSM independently of the leading UK cellular operators. This gives our customers a high degree of flexibility and enables us to target other markets, including the lucrative and underserved SME market.”

Mark Pittick, VP sales and marketing, ip.access, added, “The picocell market continues to gain momentum, with more and more operators deploying nanoGSM to improve services and increase average revenue per user. It is promising to see that FMS is already using its low-power spectrum license to its advantage.”

The FMS Group ( based in Thatcham, is an industry leader in mobile engineering services. The company's portfolio of services is underpinned by experienced radio professionals, with backgrounds in a wide range of mobile technologies, roles and environments.
FMS Solutions Limited is a licensed operator in the GSM 1800 MHz band offering private GSM coverage into niche markets through our innovative solutions to meet customer’s requirements.

Excelerate Technology ( is based in Cardiff, UK and is a specialist manufacturer and systems integrator of remote and mobile data connectivity enablement products in the product sectors of Satellite Broadband, GPRS and 3G. It is the only mobile and satellite Value Added Reseller (VAR) in the world with its own Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology marketed under the name E2Work.
The company is Europe’s No.1 provider of motorised fully automatic mobile satellite broadband VPN systems with customers in government, health, education, fire, police, security services and commerce.

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About ip.access

ip.access develops 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G carrier grade small cell radio solutions.

The company has two primary lines of business; commercial communications networks deployed with service providers, and private networks deployed with system integrators for critical infrastructures, security and surveillance.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, ip.access has deployed more than two million 2G, 3G and 4G small cells, across hundreds of commercial and private networks worldwide.

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