ip.access rolls out multi-million dollar Batelco small cell contract

Deployment of SoHo and public access Enterprise small cells in acceleration LTE trial underway with rollout planned during 2015

Cambridge, UK, 3rd June 2015 – Small cell end-to-end solution provider, ip.access, today confirmed that it was now accelerating the roll-out of a multi-million dollar small cell contract in Bahrain with Batelco, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading integrated communications operator.

With the commercial deployment of public access 3G Enterprise small cells well underway across the Kingdom of Bahrain, the contract also covers residential and SoHo indoor deployments across the region. Furthermore Batelco have also commenced a LTE Lab trial with a view of rolling out ip.access LTE small cells during 2015.

Acknowledging the role of the small cell in delivering guaranteed indoor coverage and capacity for key customers, Batelco’s A/CEO Muna Al Hashemi said: “Small cells give the flexibility to provide coverage exactly where our customers need it and mean we can maintain high quality of service levels at all times and in all locations.

“Throughout our selection and evaluation process, it was important to work with a vendor that could deliver not just best in class technology for small cells across all our different use cases but could also work seamlessly with Batelco and our existing suppliers to integrate the solution with our network,” added Mrs. Al Hashemi.

ip.access CEO, Simon Brown said: “This is more evidence of ip.access growth in the region and a confirmation in our ability to deliver an end-to-end solution across the full range of public and private access small cells is paying dividends.

“This experience of delivering and managing the mass-market roll-out of small cells means that we understand this layer of the network better than anyone else,” he added, and that enables us to bring that experience and expertise to bear in all our global deployments.”


About ip.access:
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, ip.access has been creating and deploying small cell solutions for more than ten years. The company has products and solutions live in over 100 customers’ networks around the world, with the capability to accelerate the introduction of additional small cell solutions into those networks irrespective of use case, technology or deployment model.

The company's success is built upon its ability to provide its Service Provider customers with a range of small cell coverage, capacity and presence solutions across all technologies (2G, 3G, and 4G), with a focus on a rapid return on investment and the ability to open up new markets and revenue streams.

The company has an end-to-end deployment philosophy that integrates the small cell access points with converged access gateways and comprehensive network management and performance tools; as well as a strong track record of working with trusted partners on integrated solutions.

ip.access counts Amadeus Capital Partners, Cisco, Frog Capital, Intel Capital, Qualcomm, Rothschild, Scottish Equity Partners and TE Connectivity among its shareholders.

About Batelco:
Batelco Group is headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain and listed on the Bahrain Bourse. Batelco has played a pivotal role in the country's development as a major communications hub and today is the leading integrated communications’ provider, continuing to lead and shape the local consumer market and the enterprise ICT market. Batelco has been growing overseas via investing in other market-leading fixed and wireless operators.
Batelco Group has evolved from being a regional Middle Eastern operation to become a major communications company with direct and indirect investments across 14 geographies, namely Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Maldives, Diego Garcia, St. Helena, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands.

For further information please contact:
Emmanuela Spiteri-Micallef
+44 (0) 78999 25229

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