Small cells

Verizon to Test SpiderCloud LTE-U Small Cells

Enterprise small cell provider SpiderCloud is expanding its relationship with Verizon Wireless. The carrier is to test the vendor's LTE-U small cells, which are designed for improving in-building coverage. (See Verizon Taps SpiderCloud for Dual-Band 4G Small Cells.)

LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) is a version of the 4G technology deployed in the 5GHz public band, a frequency it shares with WiFi devices. A carrier can use LTE-U technology to expand its coverage by aggregating the extra capacity with existing, licensed 4G airwaves. (See Wireless Companies Unite to Ward Off LTE-U Regulation.)

Along with T-Mobile US Inc. , Verizon Wireless is the US operator that has been most positive about LTE-U so far. It has already said it will start deploying the technology this year. (See Verizon to Start Deploying LTE-U in 2016.)

Verizon will be testing SpiderCloud's LTE-U Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) product, a tiny cellular radio that operates over licensed and unlicensed spectrum and is intended for large venues and "busy enterprises," says the vendor.

Verizon will trial SpiderCloud's LTE-U system in the third quarter of 2016.

SpiderCloud has emerged as the radio access network sector's leading independent small cell-focused vendor. Its profile was raised significantly a year ago when it announced a partnership with Cisco, regarded as the company most likely to acquire the small cell specialist if it doesn't go public. The Cisco deal helped SpiderCloud land the Best Deal Maker award at the 2015 Leading Lights. (See SpiderCloud: A Small Cell Acquisition Target?, Cisco to Resell SpiderCloud's Small Cells and Leading Lights Awards 2015: The Winners.)

The company, which boasts a number of big name operators as customers, has now raised more than $130 million following a $15.2 million round on December 2015.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

Corporat43268 2/10/2016 | 9:59:46 AM
Re: Is 2016 the year of the in-building land grab? Hey Guys - Verizon was among the first operators to test/validate the CommScope ION-E for enterprise in-building wireless, as announced recently: http://ow.ly/YaiuN. And new research CommScope announced today points out the need to clarify who is responsible for IBW in enterprises: http://ow.ly/Yajub. There's a learning curve that needs to be overcome. Maybe 2016 willl see it happen?
[email protected] 2/10/2016 | 6:32:15 AM
Is 2016 the year of the in-building land grab? Is Verizon ahead of the pack in trying out all the options for enhanced in-building coverage?

And is 2016 the year when the major mobile operators will introduce new tech and develop new partnerships tyo make sure its their services that are used inside stadia, shopping malls, office blocsk etc?

It should be.... though of course ensuring decent coverage outside buildings would be a start (even in urban areas -- come on guys...)
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