Mexican mobile operators Telcel and América Móvil announced at the LTE LatAm event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (7-9 April 2015) that they will be offering SpiderCloud’s small cell in-building coverage system, following a successful launch in June 2014.
Ronny Haraldsvik, SVP/CMO at SpiderCloud Wireless, noted that this is a significant announcement for the company and its business partners and that unlike some rival systems it is much more than a pilot project in a single building.
Small cell systems have already been deployed and “turned on” for dozens of enterprise customers, with hundreds more planned. Gerardo Aguirre, director of network engineering with Telcel, placed the importance of this commercial rollout into context: “Our largest customers in Mexico demand and expect a superior mobile network experience at all times.
“With SpiderCloud as our go-to in-building network solution, Mexico’s business, education and government customers are experiencing the leading edge of in-building mobility as part of our continued commitment to deliver a superior mobile experience.”
Together with its business partners in the region (Cisco, NEC and one more major player), SpiderCloud will work with Telcel and América Móvil to bring in-building services to major metropolitan areas in South America.
Haraldsvik said that SpiderCloud is ‘fast becoming the recognized leader for scalable small cell systems’. According to Infonetics (March 2015): “SpiderCloud leads the enterprise small cell market as a result of an early focus on the medium-to-large enterprise segment, followed by Alcatel-Lucent.”
SpiderCloud’s system has also been deployed by leading operators such as: América Móvil, Verizon, Vodafone UK, Netherlands, EE in United Kingdom (Cisco), Telcel in Mexico, Avea in Turkey (NEC), Warid Telecom in Pakistan, and several more undisclosed operators.
Haraldsvik’s attributed SpiderCloud’s success to continuing innovation, and its dual-band 3G/LTE and LTE/LTE system with 200 Sectors, which he said is the industry’s most flexible and scalable small cell system.
“Last month we announced the additions of Beacons, Carrier Aggregation use of flexible spectrum bandwidth, and support for multiple operators – all part of the same easy-to-deploy over Cat/5/6 Ethernet system. The innovations will help drive down the carrier’s total cost of ownership for large, scalable, indoor small cell deployments,” said Haraldsvik.
Another significant move, announced in Barcelona at MWC 2015, was Cisco’s news that the #1 enterprise systems provider will resell SpiderCloud’s portfolio (USC 8000 Series). “We also developed a radio ‘snap on’ attachment for Cisco’s existing Aironet 3600/3700 Wi-Fi access points (the most popular enterprise Wi-Fi in the world), thus integrating radio access with existing Wi-Fi infrastructure,” said Haraldsvik.
He pointed out that this gives Cisco the ability to target all of its existing Wi-Fi deployments with a simple 3G/4G radio upgrade, thus driving more customer adoption for mobile operators worldwide.
SpiderCloud’s claims that its technology is the only small cell system that’s successfully competing, innovating and winning against Ericsson and Huawei for large-scale in-building coverage and capacity solutions sold to mobile operators.