Ip.access launches nanoVirt small cell gateway
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:

Ip.access, an independent small cell product and solution provider, has launched its nanoVirt small cell gateway.

NanoVirt software integrates ip.access’ 2G, 3G and 4G small cell management and access control functions as virtualised components, running in a carrier-grade Virtual Machine (VM) environment. NanoVirt can be deployed by mobile operators and neutral hosts on a preferred server hardware, or hosted in a third-party data centre. Ip.access claims that nanoVirt reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) by enabling small cell operators to use generic server hardware and removes the need to hold dedicated spares to allow for better utilisation of space in the data centre and simplifying maintenance and support.

NanoVirt is licensed based on network capacity, which ip.access says provides a cost-effective “pay as you grow” solution for small cell deployments. The company adds that the architecture eliminates the fixed overhead of dedicated hardware gateways and “supports innovative new business models such as small cells as a service and neutral hosting”.

NanoVirt is a part of ip.access’ end-to-end Viper Enterprise RAN platform, which also includes a range of plug-and-play 3G and 4G small cell Access Points for small, medium and large enterprise deployments. NanoVirt was launched at this week’s Small Cell World Summit conference in London.

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Jersey Telecom (JT), which delivers managed network solutions and is headquartered in the Channel Islands, has integrated ip.access’ nanoVirt virtualised small cell gateway into its existing 3G small cell deployment in the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey.

This provides improved in-building coverage and capacity to JT’s customers and roaming visitors. The service has been successfully integrated and validated against JT’s network and has been running live since January.

Ip.access and JT agreed to enhance the 3G network capabilities and reduce the overall equipment TCO by adopting the nanoVirt gateway, which integrates ip.access’ Network Orchestration System, 3G Access Controller and Security Gateway into a fully virtualised carrier-grade solution. The nanoVirt platform also supports future deployments of ip.access 4G small cells into the network.

Deploying nanoVirt on JT’s preferred server hardware reduces the need to hold dedicated spares, maximises utilisation of space and simplifies support and maintenance tasks. It has the capabilities of a virtual environment, including hypervisor – a piece of computer software, firmware or hardware that creates and runs virtual machines – and virtual switch – which allows virtual machines to communicate with another – to allow several thousand access points to be supported using commercial off-the-shelf IT equipment.

“We selected ip.access as our preferred supplier and they integrated the solution in under 12 weeks, validating the service and server within their test network, before deploying and integrating the service within a single week on-site," says Tim Knights, Head of Mobile Networks, JT.

“We thoroughly enjoy working together with innovative and dedicated partners such as JT, as they help us drive our technology roadmap forward," said Malcolm Gordon, CEO of ip.access. "Our mission is to make small cell solutions easy to deploy, and virtualising the gateway functions has simplified life for us and our customers.”


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