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.
For more on SpiderCloud and the small cells market, see:
- Is There Room for SpiderCloud in Ciscosson's Web?
- CommScope Adds Small Cells to DAS With Airvana Buy
- 3.5GHz Startup Gets $22M for Small Cells
- RJio's Big Small Cells Vision
- SpiderCloud Spins Web of Small Cell Partners
- Telcel Turns Up SpiderCloud's Enterprise Small Cells
- Verizon Allocating $500M to Small Cells
- SpiderCloud Evolves Its Small Cells
- SpiderCloud Banks $20M in Fresh Funding
- Verizon Taps SpiderCloud for Dual-Band 4G Small Cells
- Vodafone Launches Small Cell Service in UK
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading