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Small cell operator takes out award

Cell solution provider ip.access has announced that it has won the Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Business Case award for its Neutral Host Multi-Operator Small Cell solution – SUMO – at the Small Cell Forum Awards 2017.

The honour was granted in recognition of ip.access’ innovation in enhancing the business case for small cells.

SUMO is capable of managing shared radio resources, including spectrum, on behalf of the mobile carrier, making multi-operator small cells immediately addressable by a range of stakeholders. In particular, SUMO enables the deployment of small cells by trusted 3rd parties (neutral hosts).

Such 3rd parties include “towerco” companies, who already operate passive infrastructure in a shared model for mobile operators. This stands to redefine the economics of indoor coverage for enterprises

“This entry sets the benchmark for bringing neutral host small cells to in-building networks, dramatically reducing CapEx, while vastly improving user experience,” said Presenting the award, Adrian Scrase from ETSI who presented the award.

“Providing adequate in-building coverage is one of the biggest issues facing operators and the wider wireless industry today, especially in so-called ‘middleprise’ venues. The neutral host is vital to solving these challenges and SUMO has been developed specifically to enhance their value proposition.”

“With SUMO, everyone involved in indoor small cell deployments benefits. Building owners get better tenancy rates, mobile carriers get access to a market they couldn’t tap into before and businesses and users get the mission-critical coverage they need.”

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