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Amdocs, ip.access Team for Indoor Small Cells

Sarah Thomas

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.)

For more on small cells, head over to the small cell content page on Light Reading.

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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— Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, Light Reading

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User Rank: Light Beer
1/26/2015 | 2:18:15 PM
Re: indoor competition
I agree 100% with your statement and I believe by the end of 2015 we will begin to see a   more defined trend in which enterprise small cells begin to capture more In-Building marketshare.

While neutral host DAS will still be be the prominent solution for large venues (250,000+ Sq. Ft), neutral host small cells (femto + pico) will begin to emerge along with cost models which become more attractive to venue owners.

I think we are begining to see small cells gain more traction as evident by Verizon's announcement that Spidercloud will provide product within it's enterprise In-Building proposition.

Airvana, ip.access, and others I'm sure are seeking partnerships with the larger MNOs while in parallel proposing their solutions across various enterprise vertical markets.

User Rank: Light Beer
1/26/2015 | 12:20:59 PM
indoor competition
The lines seem to be being drawn between the smaller small cell guys like ip.Access and SpiderCloud and the big RAN vendors like Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent. So far, we're seeing more movement from the dedicated small cell vendors, but I bet we'll see a lot more across the board as we approach MWC. 
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