Amdocs and ip.access are joining forces to help bolster their status in enterprise small cells.
The companies announced a global collaboration on Monday to combine ip.access Ltd. 's indoor small cells and performance optimization tools with Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX)'s radio access network (RAN), backhaul and Network Rollout Solution. Together, they are promising to cut the cost and time of network deployments by up to 25%.
ip.access will market the joint platform to its customers looking to ramp up the volume of their small cell deployments, while Amdocs will sell to its customers, positioning itself as the overall systems integrator. Amdocs is making a bigger push into small cells after its acquisition of mobile network optimization vendor Actix and self-organizing network (SON) specialist Celcite in 2013. (See Amdocs Shines SON Acquisitions on RAN.)
Why this matters
Amdocs isn't a household (or enterprise) name for small cells yet, which is why it's teaming up with small cell pioneer ip.access. In going the partnership route, it's taking a similar approach to Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), which teamed up with fellow ip.access partner Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) to bolster its enterprise offering. (See Cisco: Multimode Small Cells Coming Early 2014 and Joint Qualcomm & AlcaLu Small Cells Due Mid-Year.)
The enterprise small cell market has seen more action of late as operators look to plug their indoor gaps in coverage. Given the scale of the challenge, however, there's plenty of room for multiple small cell providers. (See LTE Small Cells Set to Be Big in 2015.)
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