NEC Corporation and small cell provider SpiderCloud Wireless are expanding their existing partnership to offer UMTS/LTE, dual-carrier LTE, LTE-U (LTE in unlicensed spectrum) and LTE-LAA (Licensed Assisted Access using LTE) small cells to enterprises of all sizes, from small retail stores to very large public venues.
NEC’s small cells simultaneously support UMTS and LTE, or dual-carrier LTE with carrier aggregation, enabling reuse of the existing Power over Ethernet (PoE+) infrastructure. NEC will also offer a new LTE-U and LTE-LAA solution to mobile operators that want to seamlessly utilise unlicensed spectrum to offer enhanced mobile broadband service, particularly in large and high-density public venues.
NEC said it has led extensive commercial deployments of these small cells in medium-to-large enterprises including financial institutions, hospitals, and government offices to provide enhanced network quality and capacity.
Under the new partnership, NEC will also offer new software that enables customers to use the same small cells to provide indoor coverage in enterprises as small as 500m2 to enterprises as large as 150,000m2.
“The strategic partnership with SpiderCloud has enabled NEC to create a uniquely differentiated solution in the market,” said Nozomu Watanabe, General Manager, Mobile Radio Access Network Division, NEC Corporation. ”Enabling our customers to offer converged services at the edge through a high quality access network is our key approach and differentiator to help our customers monetize their small cells deployments.”
“Since 2012, NEC and SpiderCloud have worked together to commercialise the industry’s first small cell system for medium and large enterprises,” said Michael Gallagher, SpiderCloud’s CEO. “We look forward to the next stage of this journey where we jointly offer UMTS, LTE and LTE-LAA solutions for enterprises of all sizes.”