ip.access signs Única as first Small Cell as a Service neutral host provider in Brazil

ip.access has entered into a strategic partnership with Única do Brasil to support the roll out of its cloud-based multi-operator small cell platform, Viper.

The platform will be delivered as a service, enabling Única to offer its customers low cost, multi-operator in-building coverage and capacity solutions in residential, business and other hot spot locations operating as a neutral host.

Jorge Brandao, Chairman, Única do Brasil, commented: “Viper is genuinely a first of its kind that solves the issue of in-building coverage in an extremely cost effective way. The small cell neutral host deployment model is also a major opportunity for us to grow our infrastructure business while also serving the needs of businesses that are struggling with poor or non-existent indoor coverage.”

Nick Johnson, CTO, ip.access, said: “By supporting neutral host deployment models our Viper platform completely changes the commercial landscape for small cell deployments. Shared access small cells are the next logical step in a path that began twenty years ago with the first tower sharing agreements.”

The Viper platform provides multi-operator coverage from a single small cell to reduce the capital and operational cost of small cells. As demand for better indoor coverage solutions increases, Viper removes a significant barrier to increasing deployments of in-building cellular infrastructure.

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