ip.access signs African distribution agreement with GDS for picocells and femtocells

Increases presence in Africa for 3G and 2G small cell solutions

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Pioneering developer of picocell and femtocell mobile technology, ip.access, today confirmed it had signed a distribution agreement with GDS Technologies, one of Africa's leading network engineering consultants.

Under the terms of the agreement, GDS will be able to specify, supply and install ip.access small cell solutions to its operator customers. The agreement covers ip.access's range of 3G femtocells and enterprise picocells, as well as its 2G picocell which is the world's most widely deployed small cell solution.

The small cell solutions are used by mobile operators to both improve mobile coverage in hard to reach areas and also increase network capacity in busy locations. The equipment can be deployed in homes, offices, shopping centres, business parks or at street level to improve network performance and increase customer satisfaction.

Announcing the agreement, Jamie Cave VP sales EMEA, ip.access said: "The African market presents many challenges in terms of mobile network coverage and performance and we are delighted to be able to work with a partner with excellent knowledge of the region and a strong track record of success. We believe that the emerging African market will be a hotbed of small cell deployments and we look forward to working with GDS in the vanguard of these developments."

GDS boasts a range of Tier One and challenger operator clients across the region, and also works with blue chip enterprises and multi-national corporations based on the continent.

Claudette Thorne, Business Development Director, GDS said: "Our aim is to build capability, functionality and sustainability in our customers' networks. Working alongside ip.access and its world-leading range of small cell systems will increase our ability to deliver solutions that help the operator and the end-users get the most from their services."

About GDS Technologies

Headquartered in Johannesburg South Africa, GDS Technologies is geared to drive new technologies into Africa. Since its inception in 2004, GDS has become synonymous with quality services by partnering tier one operators and multinational OEM's in creating intelligent next generation telecommunication networks.

Our consultative approach enables GDS to offer services ranging from network studies to implementation, management and support. The aim is to build capability, functionality and sustainability in our customers' networks, providing them with products from the core through to end user peripherals and applications.

Through the combination of consulting and resources, we provide a specialised end-to-end service, offering cutting-edge niche technologies to our clients.
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