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ip.access demonstrates progress on femtocell standards

7th April 2009

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Oyster 3G™ solution incorporates network integration and management standards

Cambridge, 7 April 2009 – ip.access (, the multi-award winning developer of femtocell and picocell solutions, has today announced new capabilities in its Oyster 3G femtocell product in support of the just-published femtocell standards from 3GPP and the Broadband Forum.  With these developments, ip.access has made significant progress towards compliance with the new standards for both management and network integration.

ip.access has taken a leading role in driving femtocell specifications for Operations, Administration, and Management (OA&M), from the original requirements developed within the Femto Forum through to implementation by 3GPP and the Broadband Forum.  These specifications define how plug’n’play provisioning works, as well as Fault Management and Performance Management.  They are the key to delivering easy, scalable and cost-effective deployment and reliability – essential for both consumer and operator acceptance of femtocells.

The Oyster 3G Femtocell Access Point incorporates an OA&M agent to enable provisioning by an Iu-h compatible Auto-Configuration Server using the new femtocell adaptation of the Broadband Forum’s TR-069 standard.  Fault Management and Performance Management for the Oyster 3G femtocell are already aligned with the Broadband Forum’s femtocell data model which was announced today and with the 3GPP Release 8 OA&M standards.

ip.access has also been an active participant in the formulation of the recently agreed Iu-h specification in Release 8 of the 3GPP standards, which details the way femtocells connect over the IP backhaul link to the mobile operator’s core network.  The Oyster 3G solution comprises both the Femtocell Access Point and the Femto Gateway, enabling ip.access to develop and test both ends of the Iu-h link.  Based on the industry standard IPsec security framework, Oyster 3G has the added benefit of already meeting future 3GPP Release 9 requirements for bandwidth efficiency over the IP backhaul link.  By implementing an innovative multiplexing scheme, the ip.access solution satisfies the requirement to handle four simultaneous calls within 200 kbps, enabling Oyster 3G femtocells to work effectively even over a basic broadband connection.

ip.access is actively working to make the Oyster 3G system fully compliant with the Iu-h standard.  Operators deploying Oyster 3G today will be able to upgrade the system to full Iu-h compliance via a software update.

“The femtocell industry has collaborated very effectively to define these key standards,” said Dr. Nick Johnson, Chief Technology Officer at ip.access.  “Our market-leading experience in deploying picocells with IP backhaul has enabled us to make significant contributions to the standards requirements and specifications, and to make rapid progress in implementing the standards within our Oyster 3G femtocell solution.”

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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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