Picocell upgraded to support plug-and-play, promises 50% cost saving

New software developed by ip.access is said to improve the capabilities of its nanoGSM picocell range to make the device customer installable. The company, which has live deployments of the nanoGSM unit with 50 network providers, said that this new plug-and-play feature meant that mobile operators could save up to half the total cost of a picocell deployment.

The new 4.1 software release includes automated BTS pre-configuration prior to delivery to the customer, and templated site creation within the BSC. Once the customer has installed the picocell, ip.access claims it will automatically connect with the chosen BSC and can then either come directly into service, or send a notification to the network management system for the site to be finalised with automated handover configuration.

Commenting on the new technology, ip.access CEO, Stephen Mallinson, said, "It's a misconception that picocells are hard to deploy; in fact installing picocells is easy. Our plug-and-play capabilities make it possible for the installation to be carried out by the end-customer, saving substantial costs."

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