SOURCE: ip.access Ltd

May 03, 2006 04:47 ET

Picocell Market Set for Growth as Ofcom Creates New Low Power GSM Operators in the UK

CAMBRIDGE, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2006 --

--  Ofcom opens up the UK mobile market with the award twelve new low
    power licenses
    
--  ip.access nanoGSM picocell matches the 200mW power level requirement
    
--  Significant moment for the wireless industry with the potential for
    innovative fixed mobile converged services
    
ip.access ltd, a leading developer of in-building wireless picocell solutions, today welcomed the opening up of the UK GSM market in a way ideally suited to its low power nanoGSM picocells. Ofcom has provisionally awarded a 3.3MHz slice of GSM 1800 spectrum to twelve bidders for use at a maximum output power of 200mW. This power level is the standard for GSM picocells, and matches the specification of ip.access nanoGSM product. The introduction of so many new players is expected to lead to a dramatic expansion in innovative in-building applications, including new solutions for fixed-mobile convergence.

Mark Pittick, vice president of sales and marketing, ip.access, commented, "As the leader in the field of low-power GSM picocell solutions, we welcome Ofcom's announcement that twelve licenses will be awarded. We would like to thank Ofcom for responding to the input of various parties during the consultation process. We look forward to working with the winners to deliver new and exciting solutions, including fixed-mobile converged services, and are now working to encourage other countries with available spectrum to follow suit."

Sandra Gilligan of mobile200, an organisation of which ip.access is a founder member, added, "With so many new operators created as a result of Ofcom's pro-competitive auction matrix, this is a very significant moment for the wireless industry in the UK. Through mobile200, some of the bidders and suppliers like ip.access have already begun to develop a code of practice to ensure that the frequency use can be co-ordinated efficiently, so now the new operators have a head start for the rollout of their new services."

The licenses have been provisionally awarded to BT Group, Cable & Wireless UK, COLT Mobile Telecommunications, Cyberpress, FMS Solutions, Mapesbury Communications, O2 UK, Opal Telecom, PLDT UK, Shyam Telecom UK, Spring Mobil and Teleware.

Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access ltd (www.ipaccess.com) is a leading manufacturer of cost-effective picocellular GSM, GPRS and EDGE infrastructure solutions, which integrate with standard broadband IP networks for backhaul. The nanoGSM product range allows mobile network operators to provide low-cost coverage and capacity for offices, shops and residential buildings; giving users improved service quality and enabling pure cellular fixed-mobile convergence. ip.access picocells can also provide coverage on passenger aircraft, ships and in remote rural areas using satellite backhaul.

ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Intel Capital, Rothschild Gestion, and TTP Communications (LSE: TTC) among its shareholders.

Ofcom (www.ofcom.org.uk) is the regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.

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