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January 26, 2015
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.)
— Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, Light Reading
Director, Women in Comms
Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.
She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.
As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.
Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.
Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.
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