As the use of smartphones and tablets skyrockets, today’s enterprises require an unprecedented level of mobile-broadband capacity inside buildings. A single city block in a large financial center can have tens of thousands of mobile devices eager to exchange gigabytes of data with corporate servers and the cloud. A large suburban mall can contain tens of thousands of customers who want to access social-media websites. Today’s macro-cellular networks are not capable of providing reliable coverage and capacity inside buildings. By bringing the RAN inside, SpiderCloud can, with its breakthrough Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) system.
SpiderCloud’s E-RAN system consists of two elements:
Mobile operators can now co-deploy 3G, 3G+Wi-Fi, and LTE/4G small cell Radio Nodes, all managed by a single SCSN. The SCSN makes it possible to ‘densify’ an in-building network without impacting the rest of the network. It aggregates all the small cells deployed inside and makes the overall system appear as a single node to the mobile network. With SpiderCloud, a system of 3G and LTE/4G small cells appears as one cell to the mobile network 3G Iuh-compliant Gateway and as a single eNodeB to an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network.
SpiderCloud’s self-organizing network technology, and its use of existing Ethernet infrastructure for connectivity and power, ensures that its system can be installed in a large building within days, rather than weeks or months. SpiderCloud’s support for “soft handover” between radio nodes ensures that voice calls are not dropped as people walk within a building. Aggregating all the radio nodes at the services nodes optimizes backhaul and allows operators to more easily control and manage the system.
In addition, SpiderCloud’s system enables enterprise users to access applications on company intranets from their mobile devices when they are at work. The services node, if integrated with an enterprise’s IT infrastructure, is capable of locally switching 3G data from authorized mobile devices to an enterprise’s LAN. Enterprises can also create new applications using a wealth of local intelligence available at the services node – ranging from presence to location and analytics.