November 4, 2013
Wireless access infrastructure startup SpiderCloud has unveiled a dual-mode enterprise small cell that can support 4G LTE and UMTS 3G.
SpiderCloud Wireless says its SCRN-310 product, which will become commercially available in the second quarter of 2014, can handle up to 32 active LTE users and support voice-over-LTE calls.
The vendor's chief marketing officer, Ronny Haraldsvik, says that the new small cell will allow enterprises to run both 3G and LTE on different bands. "It is the first radio node that can do dual-band... that in itself is unique," he claims.
Haraldsvik adds that SpiderCloud is already engaged "in about half a dozen trials" with its existing 4G LTE small cell, the SCRN-210.
These include trials in Europe (where SpiderCloud has had some success this year), the US, and Latin America. "We have a good 12 months or more on others in this space," boasts Haraldsvik.
That's quite a claim, considering SpiderCloud's rivals include heavy-hitters such as Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC). (See SpiderCloud: Cisco 'Naïve' on Small Cells and Ericsson Boasts Small Cell Breakthrough.)
So, could one of these massive companies just step in and buy SpiderCloud?
"That is not such an interesting question to us now as it was nine months ago -- that should tell you something about this company," says Haraldsvik, who believes his company can be as disruptive as Aruba Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: ARUN) has been in the enterprise WiFi market. (See Aruba Networks Replaces Cisco in Starbucks.)
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading
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