SpiderCloud Wireless, a US-based provider of scalable small cell enterprise radio access network (E-RAN) systems to mobile operators, has announced the addition of LTE to its E-RAN system.
SpiderCloud said this makes it the first company to offer a true multi-mode access system with 3G, LTE/4G and dual-band Wi-Fi for reliable mobile services indoors for enterprise customers of any size.
Already proven with its 3G E-RAN, SpiderCloud Wireless enables mobile operators to build very dense small cell networks to address its own network coverage and capacity needs and offer enterprise customers with reliable mobile, application and cloud services as they transition from a wireless to a mobile connected enterprise.
The E-RAN system consists of a Services Node (SCSN) that can control over 100 self-organizing and multi-access 3G, Wi-Fi and LTE/4G small cells that can be installed in just days using an enterprise-Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN).
One E-RAN delivers unprecedented capacity and coverage to over 10,000 connected smartphones and tablets, with just one connection to the mobile operator’s core network, according to the company.
The scalable system architecture simplifies deployment and overall network configuration for mobile operators as they address pent-up demand for reliable mobile services from enterprise and large venue customers.
‘As demand for mobile data capacity doubles every year, mobile operators need small cell system flexibility as they transition to support both multiple mobile access technologies and enterprise customers who increasingly rely on mobility for productivity,’ said Amit Jain, vice president of product management at SpiderCloud Wireless.
‘Mobile operators can now control 10s to 100s of multi-mode 3G/Wi-Fi/LTE small cells with one touch-point into the enterprise, without interference to other small cells or the macro cellular network,’ said Jain.
SpiderCloud offers a portfolio of highly integrated and cost-effective Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capable enterprise small cells with transmit power options of 100-to-250 mW:
- SCRN-200: 16/32 channels 3G Small Cell
- SCRN-300: 16/32 3G channels and dual-radio Wi-Fi Small Cell
- SCRN-210: 64 4G/LTE channels with 2x2 MIMO Small Cell
In-building network densification
Mobile operators can now co-deploy 3G, 3G+Wi-Fi and LTE/4G small cell radio nodes, all managed by a single SCSN. The SCSN makes it possible to ‘densify’ an in-building network without impacting the rest of the network. It aggregates all the small cells deployed inside and makes the overall system appear as a single node to the mobile network.
With SpiderCloud, a system of 3G and LTE/4G small cells appears as one cell to the mobile network 3G Iuh-compliant gateway and as a single eNodeB to an evolved packet core (EPC) network.
‘The introduction of a common, multi-access mobility platform for indoor systems gives mobile operators the capability and flexibility to offer reliable 3G and Wi-Fi coverage and capacity for years to come,’ said Greg Collins, founder, Exact Ventures.
‘Indoor multi-access capitalizes on the coming architectural shift to small cells and will provide operators a platform for offering managed application and cloud services. And, when subscriber penetration requires indoor LTE access nodes as part of the indoor system, operators also have investment protection since the Services Node can support LTE via a software upgrade,’ said Collins.
Why is a local controller or services node important for 3G/4G small cell deployments?
At the heart of SpiderCloud’s solution is the Service Node (SCSN). This is a ‘local’ control point for the small cell network deployed inside the enterprise. Without the presence of a local control point on an enterprise customer’s Ethernet network, a mobile operator cannot effectively coordinate small cells or inter-small cell signaling (soft handover signalling in the case of 3G, and X2 signalling interface for LTE).
Without the presence of a local control point, small cells have to connect back to the mobile operator’s core network-based gateways, slowing down handovers and increasing the rate of interference coordination inside buildings. A local control point is essential for local IP access (LIPA), also known as local switching and local breakout, which is needed to ensure inter-small cell mobility. LIPA enables content caching, access to content-based and localized services.
SpiderCloud’s SCSN enables seamless small cell-to-small cell mobility and manages interference between the E-RAN and the macro cellular network. The SCSN significantly increases average mobile data throughput for small cells, capacity, and the overall performance of a small cell network, improving the small cell economics for a mobile operator.
A SpiderCloud system is proven to handle over 100,000 data sessions and handoffs on a daily basis while providing reliable voice and data coverage for hundreds to thousands of employees with just one connection to the mobile core network.
Benefits to mobile operators’ enterprise customers
Mobile operators can offer enterprise customers reliable SmartCloud Mobile applications and cloud services (MACS) to help mobilize people and move expenses from the capex to the opex side of the equation with clientless and effortless communications services enabled by the system:
- Wi-Fi as a service with enterprise-class Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with 2x2 MIMO for 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bands with support of up to 16 SSIDs
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
- Device Management (MDM)
- Security and compliance
- Integration with existing PBX or cloud-based PBX
SpiderCloud’ Wireless’s Services Node, the 3G (SCRN-200) and 3G+Wi-Fi (SCRN-300) small cells, are available now. The LTE small cell (SCRN-210) will be available starting end of the second quarter of 2013.