Posted: November 5, 2013

SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc.,  announced another industry-first innovation by introducing an enterprise small cell, the SCRN-310, that can simultaneously offer UMTS and LTE service. Combining an integrated 3G/LTE baseband SoC from Broadcom with SpiderCloud’s patented software, the SCRN-310 can be software-upgraded to operate in two spectrum bands of LTE when mobile operators are ready to start re-farming existing 3G spectrum for LTE services.

The SCRN-310 is part of SpiderCloud’s Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) solution. The commercially available E-RAN system consists of a Services Node (SCSN) that can control over 100 self-organizing and multi-access 3G, Wi-Fi and LTE/4G small cells that can be installed in just days using the existing enterprise Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN).

“As mobile data usage migrates from 3G to LTE in the next five years, SCRN-310 provides mobile operators with the flexibility they need and protects their investment in small cells,” said Amit Jain, vice president of product management for SpiderCloud Wireless. “Our partnership with Broadcom allows us to introduce the first flexible multi-access small cell to market.”

The new SCRN-310 supports 32 3G/HSPA+ channels, 32 active LTE users and 128 LTE Connected Users and supports Voice over LTE (VoLTE). It can be software-upgraded to support two bands of LTE. SpiderCloud will be launching two models of SCRN-310 in Q2 2014, the first operating in BC2 (1900 MHz) and BC4 (AWS) and the second operating in BC1 (2100 MHz) and BC7 (2600 MHz). Support for additional band classes is planned for the second half of 2014.

“Mobile operators need flexibility as they migrate their networks indoors and seek to enable in-building small cell services to medium and large enterprise customers,” said Peter Jarich, vice president of Consumer and Infrastructure with Current Analysis. “At the same time, supporting both 3G and LTE access is critical for investment protection while leveraging the Ethernet-powering helps to address deployment concerns.”

Already commercially proven through live mobile operator deployments of its 3G E-RAN products, SpiderCloud Wireless enables operators to build very dense small cell networks to address their own network coverage and capacity needs and offer enterprise customers reliable mobile, application and cloud services. Most recently Vodafone Netherlands announced in September that it is using SpiderCloud’s scalable small cell system to deliver reliable mobile services indoors for enterprise customers of any size. SpiderCloud offers a portfolio of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) small cells as part of the scalable E-RAN system with transmit power options of 100-to-250 mW:

  • SCRN-200: 3G Small Cell supporting 32 3G/HSPA+ channels
  • SCRN-300: 3G/Wi-Fi Small Cell supporting 32 3G/HSPA+ channels and dual-band Wi-Fi
  • SCRN-210: LTE Small Cell supporting 32 active users and 128 RRC_Connected users
  • SCRN-310: 3G & LTE Small Cell supporting 32 3G/HSPA+ channels, 32 active LTE users, and 128 RRC_Connected LTE Users

The Importance of a Scalable Small Cell System for 3G and LTE Networks

SpiderCloud’s small cell system consists of two elements. First, numerous small cells called Radio Nodes (SCRN) are deployed inside the enterprise. These are then connected to an on-premise small cell services element, the SpiderCloud Services Node (SCSN), which is the central configuration and services enabler. The Services Node securely connects to the mobile operator’s core network, enabling the operator to deliver managed mobility services to its enterprise customers over the top of the coverage and capacity system. The Services Node is a ‘local’ control point for the small cell network deployed inside the enterprise. Without the presence of a local control point on an enterprise customer’s Ethernet network, a mobile operator cannot effectively coordinate small cells or support inter-small cell signaling (such as soft handover signaling in the case of 3G). Without the presence of a local control point, small cells have to connect back to the mobile operator’s core network-based gateways, slowing down handovers and increasing the rate of interference coordination inside buildings across both 3G and LTE small cells.

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