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ip.access delivers rapid and cost-effective GSM coverage to American Samoa

Cambridge, 17 Novmeber 2003 — ip.access ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TTP Communications Plc (LSE:TTC), today announces the successful deployment of ip.access’ nanoGSM products in the South Pacific island of American Samoa, with local network operator Blue Sky Communications. The installation includes indoor and custom outdoor basestations integrated with Blue Sky’s existing mobile switching centre. The integration between basestation subsystem (BSS) and the switching centre was achieved in under three hours with the first call being made in less than one day, allowing the entire deployment to take just three weeks from order confirmation to operational network.

Backhaul between basestations and the switching centre is achieved using Blue Sky's wide area gigabit Ethernet network which will soon cover 50% of the island. Since the ip.access nanoGSM solution delivers GSM over IP, the basestations can be deployed easily without the need for expensive leased lines. Blue Sky are deploying the nanoBTS within buildings but have requested a bespoke outdoor basestation from ip.access which will deliver high power, high capacity GSM and GPRS coverage for the more telecom-isolated communities.

‘Although this is a relatively small deployment of our solution, the ease of installation and integration with the existing infrastructure means that it is commercially-attractive to Blue Sky’ commented Simon Albury, business development director for ip.access. ‘We’re pleased to have once again demonstrated our flexibility and cost-effectiveness especially in demanding coverage situations, where operators face tight profit constraints.’ he continued.

Fay Alailima-Rose, CEO of Blue Sky Communications added ‘Blue Sky provides GSM services to over 10,000 customers in American Samoa, we therefore need to ensure that our network coverage is cost effective. Our volcanic island terrain, with small, dispersed settlements requires targeted and discreet basestation deployment to achieve comprehensive coverage and with the ip.access architecture, we can fully utilise our gigabit Ethernet network for both voice and data services.’

Media contact:
Emmanuela Spiteri Micallef
ip.access
info@ipaccess.com
+44 (0) 1954 713875

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