Light Reading

SpiderCloud Eyes LTE Enterprise Small Cells in 2014

Dan Jones

SpiderCloud is expecting LTE small cells to be deployed with enterprise users in 2014, and says it is currently engaged in a number of 4G trials.

Ronny Haraldsvik, the chief marketing officer at SpiderCloud Wireless , tells Light Reading that its boxes are now in six trials with carriers, which in turn would use the small cells to provide services to their enterprise customers. He expects Spidercloud's SCRN-310 product, which can support LTE and 3G on separate bands, will be commercially delivered in the second or third quarter. (See SpiderCloud's New Web: Dual-Mode 4G LTE.)

"We are using our first-gen LTE Radio Node [the SCRN-210, announced in the Fall of 2012] for the trials… but the 310 will be the most likely product used for commercial LTE/3G deployments," Haraldsvik notes.

The 210 has the same LTE capability as the 310, he adds, so can be used for 4G-only deployments.

The vendor currently has an announced deal with Vodafone Netherlands . Haraldsvik notes that operators are often cautious about publicly revealing vendor deals. (See Vodafone Deploys SpiderCloud's Small Cells.)

Nonetheless, Haraldsvik believes that "this is the year" for enterprise small cells. These SpiderCloud units are distinct from public access small cells because they can use the Ethernet connections already installed at business premises and so are less likely to require new backhaul connections. (See How Heavy Reading Called Small Cells Right and Top 6 Small Cells Movers & Shakers.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
User Rank: Blogger
1/21/2014 | 2:43:48 PM
Re: Spidercloud says it already has 3G small cells deployed
Yeah I don't see DAS disappearing for large scale multi-carrier public deployments too soon, look at that Transit Wireless deployment, if they were starting that from now they might -- might -- be able to look at small cells now. But that's a different kettle of fish to a typical enterprise deployment...
User Rank: Blogger
1/20/2014 | 11:23:27 AM
Re: Spidercloud says it already has 3G small cells deployed
Dan: In response to 'drymarchon', small cell vendors would not exist if DAS was the be-all, end-all solution for in-building coverage. Operators and in-building SIs just want a solution that works. "Multi-operator" is the go-to "trump card" for DAS-only vendors. Shared DAS is beacuse single-operator DAS is too costly and the busienss case does not hunt. As recently as the Small Cell Forum in Dallas in Dec'13 and also at the LTE Americas in Dallas in November, several operators (AT&T as well) publicly stated that DAS is too expensive and that was the reason for a shared DA. The argument that a DAS must support 4 operators is a thing of the past. Enterprises want coverage and capacity and they are willing to go to the oeprator who can best serve them. See . A scalable small cell system can be be in place within 30 days of the first conversation with an operator and the enterprise customer and the business case is there for scalable small cell coverage from 50k Sq Feet to millions of Sq Feet - wherever there's a LAN. DAS will indeed be around for the next few years...we agree. After that, who knows.

Ronny Haraldsvik
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/20/2014 | 8:33:26 AM
Re: Spidercloud says it already has 3G small cells deployed
In the latest set of documents released by the SmallCell Forum, there's an action item addressig the issue of neutral host or shared RAN small cells. The question at this point is less technical but more of a deployment and cost business issue.
User Rank: Light Weight
1/18/2014 | 2:18:52 AM
Re: Spidercloud says it already has 3G small cells deployed
Enterprise small cells won't displace DAS for large venues in the near future due multiple reasons such as follows:
  • DAS provides a neutral host platform supporting multiple carriers, frequency bands and technologies
  • For venues that are 100,000 square feet or larger DAS is a much more effective solution
  • As is well noted most enterprise small cells support either 3G, 3G and 4G, and 3G, 4G, and WiFi in the future on a wide scale basis; DAS supports all the above and has been supporting for years

What we will see is small cells feeding DAS to enable addressing nuetral host capabilities for instance that can provide In-building coverage to multiple carriers such as T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.

We'll see how this plays out over the next couple of years and until then DAS isn't going anywhere.


User Rank: Blogger
1/17/2014 | 4:59:16 PM
Spidercloud says it already has 3G small cells deployed
Spidercloud says it already has 3G small cells deployed BTW. Could we see growth in 3G/4G enterprise small cells BEFORE the public access small cells take off?

Certainly cheaper than deploying a DAS for instance....
From The Founder
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Interviews
BT Updates on Plans

10|2|15   |   03:16   |   (1) comment

Peter Bell, CIO at Openreach, the access network division at UK incumbent BT, provides an update on the operator's trials and how Openreach is planning to deploy the broadband technology in its street cabinets.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Sonus Shakes Up SD-WAN

10|2|15   |   7:22   |   (0) comments

Sonus CTO Kevin Riley sat down with Light Reading to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approve to SD-WAN.
LRTV Interviews
CityFibre's Gigabit Vision

10|1|15   |   03:18   |   (1) comment

Mark Collins, director of Strategy & Public Affairs at competitive UK city network operator CityFibre, talks about his company's plans to help build Gigabit Cities.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Automate, Scale & Create With Juniper's vCPE Solution

10|1|15   |   6:34   |   (0) comments

Join Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks CTO, and Steve Saunders, Light Reading Founder and CEO, as they discuss Juniper Networks' approach to NFV showcased with a turnkey vCPE solution, which demonstrates how service providers can use automation to rapidly deploy services.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe: Day 1 Takeaways

9|29|15   |   05:47   |   (5) comments

Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris sup a beer and discuss some of the key takeaways from the first day of Gigabit Europe 2015.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit in Europe

9|29|15   |   04:24   |   (0) comments

At the Gigabit Europe 2015 event in Munich, Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie talks about the availability of gigabit broadband in Europe.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
AT&T's Band of Women

9|28|15   |   4:36   |   (0) comments

Brooks McCorcle, the president of AT&T's partner solutions divisions and a mathematician by trade, shares stats on AT&T's diversity and advice on how to create your own band of women at work.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

9|25|15   |   11:36   |   (0) comments

Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
It's All About That App

9|23|15   |   02:15   |   (2) comments

The long-range goal of service providers is to deliver app-specific network performance and that is showing up in technical developments today.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Verizon's Healthy Approach to WiC

9|22|15   |   2:30   |   (2) comments

If you think there are too few women in comms, you should see the healthcare industry. Nancy Green, Verizon's healthcare global lead, shares ideas on what we can do about it.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
UBBF 2015 Highlights

9|22|15   |     |   (0) comments

Drilling down deeper into the transformation process will provide network operators with a practical look at building new businesses around a digital virtualized network architecture, and lay out some of the transition steps required, particularly in the struggle to enable more dynamic and focused enterprise network services.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
ActiveVideo's Cloud Virtualization Technology

9|22|15   |   7:23   |   (0) comments

ActiveVideo's CMO, Murali Nemani, discusses how virtualized CPE functions can deliver applications from the cloud to various devices at home.
Upcoming Live Events
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Communication service providers realize that an ICT transformation is critical to their long-term survival, but most haven't yet committed to making it happen.
Hot Topics
Are Sports Next for Netflix?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/28/2015
Google Gives Huawei a US Device Boost
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/29/2015
Following the Bouncing Capex Ball
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/29/2015
Verizon's Go90 Is Live – Will Anyone Watch?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/1/2015
Good News for NFV Interoperability
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 9/29/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With so many new and exciting communications technologies now under development, it's easy to get caught up in the industry's escalating hype cycle. That's why the ...
Last week saw a big day in the 15-year history of Light Reading when Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre and I were invited to interview the Deputy Chairman and Rotating ...
Cats with Phones
Hold My Calls, Indefinitely Click Here