March 29, 2007 - ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT; www.adc.com), and ip.access, the market leader in cellular picocell technologies, today announced that ADC has entered into an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with ip.access Ltd. to deliver an innovative mobile telephony solution for rural/isolated communities, as well as problematic enterprise and macro coverage areas. ADC will be demonstrating this solution at CTIA Wireless 2007 (Booth #4079) in Orlando, Fla., March 27-29.
Under the terms of the agreement, ADC's new FlexWave(TM) Base Station System (BSS) will integrate ip.access' nanoGSM® technology into a self-contained, outdoor hardened, micro GSM base station solution. The FlexWave system delivers standard GSM/EDGE service, but uses IP for backhaul. This provides a simple and cost-effective enterprise and outdoor solution for rural communities, hotspots and hole-fill in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
The FlexWave BSS, part of ADC's All-IP Radio Access Network (RAN) solution, allows wireless operators to meet the growing coverage and capacity demands of advanced wireless services, while at the same time containing costs through flexible IP backhaul. Indoor and outdoor base stations are controlled through a common base station controller and a common network management system. By deploying the FlexWave BSS over an IP network, wireless operators may realize significant OPEX savings, and also protect their investment as the network evolves to a complete end-to-end IP architecture.
"We're excited about the opportunity to partner with ip.access and expand our FlexWave portfolio to enhance mobile coverage in hard-to-reach global communities," said Hilton Nicholson, president of the Active Infrastructure Business Unit at ADC. "Moreover, this technology offers us new market opportunities such as multi-tenant residential and enterprise applications, as well as outdoor 'hole-fill' or 'hot-spot' coverage."
"We are very pleased to announce the integration of our picocells into the new ADC FlexWave technology which will open up additional markets for us," said Stephen Mallinson, CEO for ip.access. "The market for innovative telecommunications products that facilitate network expansion and customer retention is huge and our products are increasingly central to that market."
Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access Ltd (www.ipaccess.com) is a leading manufacturer of cost-effective picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. These solutions bring IP and cellular technologies together and solve in-building access problems for mobile operators, opening up new revenue streams while defending existing business.
The ip.access nanoGSM picocell provides GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for offices, shops and using satellite backhaul, passenger aircraft, ships and in remote rural areas. With over 18 live networks around the world and many more being deployed, ip.access is the partner of choice for operators competing in the new converged marketplace.
ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and Motorola Ventures among its shareholders.
ADC provides the connections for wireline, wireless, cable, broadcast, and enterprise networks around the world. ADC's innovative network infrastructure equipment and professional services enable high-speed Internet, data, video, and voice services to residential, business and mobile subscribers. ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) has sales into more than 130 countries. Learn more about ADC at www.adc.com
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