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Virgin Media Business Trials Intracom Telecom's Small-Cell Backhaul Equipment in Leeds

Athens, Greece - 14 January 2014 - Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunications system vendor, announced today the provision of StreetNode™, its small-cell backhaul platform, for a field trial being undertaken by Virgin Media Innovation Trials Team. The trial validated the small cell backhaul architecture that Virgin Media Business is developing and helps to push the whole industry forward. The trial took place in Leeds, UK, where Virgin Media Business has a concession from the council for access to street furniture to provide mobile broadband and Wi-Fi access.

Intracom Telecom's StreetNode™ incorporates several innovative technologies which facilitate small-cell backhaul applications. The StreetNode™ is a breakthrough all-outdoor microwave radio product engineered to provide carrier class performance for small-cell backhaul networks. Its unique auto-alignment feature enables the installation to be carried out by street lighting contractors with minimal training. Its highly-compact form factor and visually appealing shape makes it fit for installation on all types of street furniture. StreetNode™ is designed to operate in Point-to-Point (PtP) and Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) mode through software-defined radio operation and this allows operators to build flexible network architectures.

Mr. Bruce Girdlestone, Senior Business Development Manager at Virgin Media Business, said: "Small cell technology is the key to creating a supercharged internet service that can cope with the ever increasing number of smart devices. In offering city centre Wi-Fi connections, Leeds is one of a handful of cities in UK leading the way to fully connected smart cities. These services allow residents, visitors and businesses to stay online for free whilst out and about on the city streets. We're looking forward to seeing more results following this exciting trial and how the technology can be used in cities across the country."

Commenting on the trial, Mr. John Tenidis, Head of Marketing for Intracom Telecom's wireless solutions portfolio, said: "This was a great opportunity to trial our StreetNode™ with Virgin Media Business, one of the leading fibre asset owners in the UK, in one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom. StreetNode™ brought carrier grade small-cell backhaul connectivity to the street-level. The key innovation in StreetNode™ is its intelligent auto-alignment capability which allows installation to be carried out by a single street lighting team who can install each end of the link in sequence. This relieves the operator of employing multiple highly skilled telecom installer teams to install their small-cell backhaul networks."


Intracom Telecom is a global telecommunication systems vendor operating for over 35 years in the market. The company innovates in the wireless access and transmission field, offers a competitive telco software solutions portfolio and combines its offerings with a complete range of professional services. Intracom Telecom invests significantly in developing cutting-edge products and solutions while exploiting its advanced in-house R&D center. Over 100 customers in more than 70 countries choose Intracom Telecom for its state-of-the-art offerings. The company's clientele consists of fixed & mobile telecom operators, public authorities and large enterprises. Intracom Telecom's major shareholders are Intracom Holdings and Sitronics.