ip.access and Tatara Systems Focus on SIP/IMS Femtocell Architecture Development

    Relationship Between Industry Leaders Aims to Deliver Flexible Options
for 3G Femtocell Deployment

    CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDEOM & ACTON, MASS., March 29 /CNW/ - ip.access, a
leading developer of femtocells and picocells, and Tatara Systems, a worldwide
leader in mobile services convergence platforms, have today announced the
companies are collaborating to integrate ip.access' award-winning Oyster
3G(TM) femtocells with the Tatara Mobile Services Convergence Portfolio of
products. The combined solution will help mobile operators to realize the
advantages of an all-IP approach to femtocell integration in today's SIP-based
IP networks, thereby reducing network costs and enabling new services.

    ip.access' Oyster 3G femtocell has been designed to operate in a variety
of architectures, including the company's own 3G Converge(TM) network
solution, and this arrangement with Tatara further extends the flexibility and
choice available to network operators.

    A SIP-based version of the Oyster femtocell will integrate into the
mobile operator's core network through the Tatara Convergence Server using
standard communication protocols (i.e. VoIP and SIP). This solution can give
mobile phone users with standard 3G handsets the same experience for voice and
data services within the femtocell as they receive in the macro network, while
at the same time allowing the operator to reduce costs by routing traffic
through an IP network.

    "We are very excited by the possibilities that working with ip.access
offers us to further enhance our innovative convergence solutions for
operators, thereby enabling us to provide their users with advanced services.
We chose to collaborate with ip.access because of their existing experience
and success in the cellular over IP market, as well as their reputation for
innovative and solid design," said Steve Nicolle, President and CEO of Tatara

    The announcement of this collaboration marks a further milestone in the
rapid development of 3G femtocell technology. For ip.access, working with
Tatara Systems is an important step in the development not only of femtocells
but also in the path to fixed mobile convergence.

    "Mobile operators are keen to deploy femtocells in today's networks, and
are exploring a range of options for bridging the gap between current 3G
technologies and the full availability of IMS at some point in the future,"
said Nick Johnson, CTO of ip.access. "We are delighted to be working with
Tatara Systems to provide flexible options for femtocell deployment. By
combining our respective knowledge and integrating our technologies, we can
give our customers more options to bring femtocells to market faster."

    About ip.access

    Based in Cambridge, UK, ip.access ltd (www.ipaccess.com) is a leading
manufacturer of cost-effective picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions
for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. These solutions bring IP and cellular technologies
together and solve in-building access problems for mobile operators, opening
up new revenue streams while defending existing business.

    Oyster 3G(TM) is the home access femtocell that dramatically increases 3G
cell capacity and coverage; improves quality of experience; and drives down
costs. Oyster 3G is ready for today's mobile networks and tomorrow's IMS
infrastructure. 3G Converge(TM) is a flexible access architecture that employs
both radio-centric and IMS-centric options to provide reliable and
cost-effective femtocell service in a mobile carrier's network.

    nanoGSM picocell provides GSM, GPRS and EDGE coverage and capacity for
offices, retail outlets and, using satellite backhaul, passenger aircraft,
ships and in remote rural areas.

    With over 18 live networks around the world and many more being deployed,
ip.access is the partner of choice for operators competing in the new
converged marketplace.

    ip.access counts Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel
Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and Motorola Ventures among its

    About Tatara Systems

    Tatara Systems invents, develops, and deploys convergence products for
service providers allowing them to offer converged mobile services to their
subscribers across the widest base of available end-user devices (i.e. PCs and
current mobile phones). Tatara's fixed-mobile convergence strategy is focused
on femtocell convergence as a powerful FMC approach for mobile operators that
takes advantage of current cellular handsets to provide improved coverage and
IP-based voice and data services via an economical in-home cellular access
point. Tatara's products also enable the industry's broadest set of PC
convergence solutions, from a mobile broadband service to advanced services,
like a PC mobile softphone or intelligent content delivery. Tatara is proud to
count some of the industry's largest operators as customers of its
award-winning Tatara Mobile Services Convergence Portfolio(TM) of products.
For more information, visit www.tatarasystems.com

For further information:

For further information: For ip.access: Companycare Communications Paul
Nolan or Alex Sowden, 0118 9395900 (office) Paul.nolan@companycare.com or
alex.sowden@companycare.com or For Tatara Systems: Jonathan Morgan, +1
978-206-0838 (office) +1 978-771-3971 (mobile) jmorgan@tatarasystems.com

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